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Communication is Tough!“I know you believe you understand what youthink I said, but I’m not sure you realize thatwhat you heard is not what I meant.”
Our English word, “fellowship” is thetranslation of the Greek word, “koinonia.” –from the root, “koinos,” a prefix in ancient Greek. –“fellowship,” means “to hold something in common.”
Four synonyms of koinonia– philos, which means “related by love for outward characteristics;– hetairos, meaning a sharer in a common enterprise– sunergos, meaning a fellow-worker; and– metochos, a participantEach of these words denotes a unity which isexpressed outwardly.
God is faithful, by whom you were called intothe fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ ourLord. 1 Corinthians 1:9 (ESV)
and I pray that the sharing of your faith may becomeeffective for the full knowledge of every good thingthat is in us for the sake of Christ. Philemon 1:6 (ESV)The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of Godand the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14 (ESV)So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfortfrom love, any participation in the Spirit, any affectionand sympathy, Philippians 2:1 (ESV)
And all who believed were together and had allthings in common. And they were selling theirpossessions and belongings and distributing theproceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day,attending the temple together and breakingbread in their homes, they received their foodwith glad and generous hearts, praising God andhaving favor with all the people. And the Lordadded to their number day by day those whowere being saved. Acts 2:44-47 (ESV)
To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, thisgrace was given, to preach to the Gentiles theunsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light foreveryone what is the plan of the mystery hidden forages in God who created all things, so that through thechurch the manifold wisdom of God might now bemade known to the rulers and authorities in theheavenly places. This was according to the eternalpurpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,with the eternal purpose which He carried out in ChristJesus our Lord, … Ephesians 3:8-11 (ESV)
We participate together seven days aweek to glorify God, to do it His way,and to do it together.