Fellowship teaches us to Serve and Honor One Another “Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
This week I keep remembering an experience I had while in college. Lauri and I were newly married. I was attending Northwest University near Seattle and Lauri worked at the college. As newly married college students we were pretty strapped for cash, so when our car died we just had to do without.
We had been attending Neighborhood Church, in Bellevue, Washington, near Seattle for about a year. We had been attending the Young Marrieds’ class before church, but admittedly we weren’t real close to anyone in the group. One of the couples in the group were new Christians. They found out about our car and wanted to loan us their truck to use for as long as we needed it.
I didn’t know what to say! I was shocked I felt a little uncomfortable, and I considered refusing the help, but in the end, we took them up on their offer. It was a beautiful expression of love from a couple who really didn’t know us very well outside of church. As new Christians they schooled me on what real fellowship looks like.
Fellowship teaches us to be sincere, considerate and humble.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship...” That word fellowship, is translated from the Greek word Koinonia.
“The essential meaning of the koinonia embraces concepts conveyed in the English terms community, communion, joint participation, sharing and intimacy.” Wikipedia
Koinonia is also the word used for Communion across the New Testament. Remember, communion was a new practice which Christ instigated with his followers. When this was written, it wasn’t a religious sounding word about a ceremony koinonia essentially means community. When we partake in communion, we are not only celebrating in our shared union with Christ, but the fellowship, the shared community we have with each other.
In 1st Corinthians 11, the Apostle Paul addressed a situation where Christians were gathering to celebrate communion, but there were problems. There were divisions.