Introduction to fellowship

Greek - koinonia - to participate, partake, joined together, share (concept of covenant)

The word koinonia is translated:

participation 2 Corinthians 8:1-4
sharing 1 Corinthians 10:14-20
fellowship 1 Corinthians 1:9

Christianity is a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.

There are two aspects to fellowship - vertical and horizontal

vertical - relationship with God the Father

This is the realm in which Jesus walked.

1 John 1:3

Philippians 3:10, 2:1

John 14, 15, and 17

Isaiah 53 - What Jesus did for us. He paid the price for us. He paid the full price for our sins.

1John 2:1-2

1Corinthians 6:20

horizontal - is the relationship with each other as members of the body of Christ.

This fellowship is the process the Holy Spirit use to make us one in the body of Christ.

To illustrate this in common everyday terms, I use the following example:

mashed potatoes - individual potatoes blended together until they all appear as one

Love is the basis of our fellowship

John 13:34-35

1 John 3:16

There are three levels of love

1.Neighbor love - (Old Testament measure) - loving our neighbors as ourselves. Leviticus19:18

  This would be the basic kindness shown to a neighbor and what help we would expect to receive in time of need.

  The normal Samaritan Luke 10:25-37

2.Brother love - we love people more than ourselves.

  John 13:34

  1 John 3:16

  Philippians 2:3-4

  The way parents love their children

  Jesus love to His disciples

3.Trinity love - when we love each other so much that we are one.

  John 17:26

  Gen 1:26

  John 14:7-10, 16-26

  Acts 4:32

  Just as the Trinity are 3 in 1 - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

How do we come into fellowship with the Father?

By the Holy Spirit 2 Corinthians 13:14

Worship John 4:24

With God and His children John 17:20-26

How do we fellowship with the body of Christ? We must have essentials of faith in common.

Philippians 2:1-11

2 Corinthians 8:1-4

Fellowship with God (vertical) and fellowship with His Body (horizontal) cross over one another.

How we walk in fellowship vertically (with God) affects us horizontally (with family, friends, etc.) and vice versa.

We must be in right relationship both ways.

Fellowship in relation to God

  Sin breaks our fellowship - Adam and Eve - Genesis 2:16-17, 3:1-4, 17-24, Us - Romans 3:23, 6:23

  Christ came to restore us back to God - 1 Timothy 2:3-6, Isaiah 53, Acts 2, 1 John 2:1-2

Fellowship in relation to our spouse

  Husbands and wives united as one - Genesis 2:23-24

  Proper treatment of spouse so that our walk with God is not hindered -1 Peter 3:1-9, 7 is key verse

  As Christ loves the church - Ephesians 5:22-33

Fellowship in relation to parents and children

  Honor your father and mother is a commandment with a promise - Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16

  Obey your parents in the Lord - respect, honor, learn - Ephesians 6:1-4

  Parents are to train their children in the ways of God and prepare them for life. Deuteronomy 6:6-7, 4:9, 11:19, Proverbs 22:6, Psalms 78:5-7, Ephesians 6:4

  Timothys heritage - good example 2 Timothy 3:14-15, 1:5

Fellowship in relation to others

  1 John 1:3, 6-7, 3:14-18, 4:19-21

  Love one another - 1 John 4:7, 19-21, 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12, Colossians 3:12-14, 1 Peter 4:8

  Walk in humility - Philippians 2:1-11, James 4:1-10

  Walk in the spirit - Galatians 4:13-26

  Speak the truth to one another - Colossians 3:9, Ephesians 4:25, Proverbs 17:17