24
Oct
15

{koinonia} fellowship in The Way

As I inspected several doctor’s ofiices, I was pondering life in the old days when I was a young Christian. Looking back, I remember a camaraderie, building the kingdom together. There was no sense of us/they. No distinction between the elders of the “church” and the “congregants.” We experienced what is little understood nor felt in this present age, the word fellowship or <koinonia>.

Strong’s concordance defines it:

from 2844; partnership, i.e. (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary) benefaction:–(to) communicate(-ation), communion, (contri-)distribution, fellowship.

Notice that in the beginning chapters of the Book of Acts, the early church had all things in commons and continued in one another’s houses daily eating and sharing God’s Word together with one accord…

Ac 1:14

All these with one accord continued steadfastly in prayer and supplication, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. (WEB)

Ac 2:42

They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer. (WEB)

Ac 2:46

Day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, (WEB)

Ac 5:42

Every day, in the temple and at home, they never stopped teaching and preaching Jesus, the Christ. (WEB)

Encountering some of the brothers and sisters who walked that kingdom road with me renewed genially affable feelings that I associated with our coming together in those bygone years. And I wondered how we drifted so far. Where was the gathering in unity around our common faith? How had we separated the spiritual seeking from everyday life? Were we now so mature that our childlike simpleness and faith has been lost? What produced the schism so commonly experienced in the “Body” of Christ today? Was it really so important to be right?

1Co 6:7

Therefore it is already altogether a defect in you, that you have lawsuits one with another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? (WEB)

1Pe 4:8

And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins. (WEB)

At the risk of being an archaic, outdated, fossil of the old school to those of you who never knew The Way, let me encourage you!

In the face of being offended or even a strong spiritual conviction, what can we conclude is the proper action in sight of the Lord?

…walking in love….

Mt 23:11

But he who is greatest among you will be your servant. (WEB)

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