When you hear the word “fellowship”, what comes to mind? Some may immediately think “Church Dinner!” Others may think of the good relationship they may have with others. The word “fellowship” in Greek is “koinonia”. Koinonia, as its ultimate meaning, is being of the same heart and mind as another. It means sharing more than one thing in common. Koinonia means sharing all things in common. If you are like me, there’s a lot of work to be done in my life to have this kind of “fellowship” with others. I am too absorbed in myself. Without Christ in my life, I have the natural slant to be the “lover of self” Paul warns me not to be in 2 Timothy 3:2.
Praise the Lord! As Christians we have hope and help! We have a new nature! Christ brings this new nature enabling us to have “true fellowship”. We cannot have it without Christ, because it means having the same heart and same mind towards each other as Christ has towards us. We are to endeavor to grow in this fellowship and even protect it. There will always be an attack on the believer who endeavors to step out in faith and pursue the Lord, especially if he or she is making an impact in the lives of others. In the same way, there will be attacks on believers who endeavor to seek the Lord’s will together. The enemy will do anything possible to hinder our love for the Lord and our growth in love for each other. A lack of love leads to a church that is the opposite of what Christ desires and died for. We must make every effort to grow in our fellowship with each other. How can this be accomplished?
We must endeavor to walk in the Spirit. (Eph. 5:16-17)
We must be forgiving towards each other. (Col. 3:13)
We must bear one another’s burdens. (Gal. 6:2)
We must show our love and care for each other. (Rom. 12:10, 16)
We must serve and encourage each other. (1 Thes. 5:11)
We must be willing to be sharpened by others. (Col. 3:16)
True love doesn’t allow anything harmful to diminish the value of fellowship. A devaluing of the fellowship is a devaluing of the love the Lord intended to be there. For this reason we, as a church, get together this time every year to rekindle and celebrate our fellowship. “I Love My Church” is an opportunity to build and expand the fellowship and love of the congregation of Northeast, not just an opportunity to expand the waste line. Come and join in the growing of the koinonia of your church.