Relationships matter! Take a moment to think about your relationships with others. Most of us are blessed by having family, friends, and acquaintances, and many of us have literally hundreds of other connections in the virtual world of social media.
This week we will focus on our relationships with others in the body of Christ, which are especially important. As Christians, our relationships go beyond mere friendship and association. We have become brothers and sisters in the family of God through the blood of Christ, and we are capable of developing a degree of spiritual closeness that far surpasses the limitations of natural human friendships. We can enjoy true biblical Christian fellowship.
The word “fellowship” comes from the Greek word koinonia and can be defined as “holding something in common”. It describes the unity of the Spirit that comes from Christians’ shared beliefs, convictions, and behaviours. When our shared values are in place, genuine biblical fellowship can occur. This fellowship in turn produces mutual cooperation in God’s worship, God’s work, and God’s will being done in the world (as we see in Acts 2:42-47).
This Sunday, Libby will bring us a message on our #5 Pillar: Fellowship.
You might like to pre-read these biblical passages and reflect on them in preparation: Acts 2:42-47, 1 John 1:1-7, John 17:20-25.
Blessings on your week,