Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

10/11/2017

Randall Caselman

Fellowship

 

Perhaps the best description of Biblical Fellowship is found in Acts Chapter two: "They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved" (Acts 2.42-47).

 

There's a Biblical word for this special relationship, togetherness, it's koinonia.

First... Biblical fellowship means we share something with one another. For instance, if you are without something that you really need, and I share mine with you, we have fellowship, we commune, there's a one anotherness.

Secondly... The term means that we share in something. If some of us are going through an emotional experience: A pain, a problem, a loss, a joy, a celebration, etc., and we empathize, then by definition we've had fellowship. This kind of fellowship allows us to mourn with those who mourn, rejoice with those who rejoice.

Thirdly... Fellowship is a participation in an effort, in a work, a purpose, with others. I have a work to do, something to accomplish, and you come alongside me and assist me by adding your talents, abilities, gifts, assets; we've participated in fellowship. As a church, we worship and serve God together, that's fellowship.

Number four... Fellowship is belonging to one another: " Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others" (Romans 12.4-5).

 

We have a song that describes this Biblical concept...

 

"A common love for each other,

A common gift to the Savior,

A common bond holding us to the Lord;

A common strength when we're weary,

A common hope for tomorrow,

A common joy in the truth of God's Word.”

May God help us to believe and practice what we sing.


—Randall

 

Some Scriptures to be Considered on Unity...

John 13.34-35 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Ephesians 4.3-6 "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit -- just as you were called to one hope when you were called -- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."

Romans 15.7 "Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God."

Romans 14.1 & 4 "Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.