I Commit to His Followers
As the body of Christ, we are making a commitment to one another to take this Christian journey together, encouraging and supporting as we go. Fellowship, Koinonia (coy-NO-nyah) is a transliterated form of the Greek word, κοινωνία, which means communion; joint participation; the share which one has in anything; participation; a gift jointly contributed; a collection; a contribution; etc. Philippians 2:1-2 is a wonderful defining verse for our commitment to followers:
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ,
if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit,
if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by
being like-minded, having the same love,
being one in spirit and purpose.
Koinonia: Authentic Fellowship
Koinonia is being in agreement with one another, being united in purpose, and serving alongside each other. The power of true fellowship is evidenced in this passage concerning the early church. Notice the striking characteristics of this family of believers found in 2:42. They did life together by praying with each other, eating with each other, and discussing the teachings of the apostles together.
Who have you experienced true Koinonia with this past month? Is there anything that keeps you from experiencing fellowship with other Christians? What can you do to increase Koinonia in our church and community? It is absolutely worth the time and effort. As we see evidenced in the last few verses of this passage, genuine, authentic fellowship produces worship, spiritual growth, and new believers.
Posted on Mon, April 4, 2016
by First Baptist Church