posted on June 10, 2018 12:07
At Lighthouse, “We are a fellowship of committed Christian Friends.” Every word in this statement is intentional.
This fellowship is not a natural fellowship, or comradery. Biblical fellowship is not simply as the world defines it as, “friendly association, especially with people who share one’s interests.” But to us it means so much more!
In the Greek, the New Testament word for “fellowship” is “koinonia.” Not only does this word include participation in relationship with one another, it also requires sharing in communion, and fellowship in the spirit. Our fellowship begins in Christ, and from there, grows with one another.
Jesus’ disciple John wrote, “What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3.
This year, we are encouraged to share our stories, our conversations and our experiences with one another, as well as with those who still need to know Jesus. As we share these testimonies of what God has done in each of our lives we are engaging in, and building fellowship, with one another. Sharing our stories of what God has done is not the only way of participating in fellowship. Sharing God’s word, praying for each other, and worshiping together build fellowship as well.
God does not want us to have a relationship with Him alone. He has given us to one another to build each other up, encourage one another, and to keep each other accountable.
Remember, “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9. This summer, let’s continue to grow in fellowship and relationship with both God and each other.
In His name,