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  1. Fellowship 31 October 2009

  2. Fellowship Topics • The basi(c)s of fellowship • The extent of fellowship • The responsibilities of fellowship • The challenges to fellowship

  3. Fellowship Purpose Discover some fellowship truths …and perhaps debunk a few fellowship myths

  4. Fellowship • Fellowship is about sharing, not about being separate. • Fellowship is what you are doing, something you have (to various degrees). It isn’t a state you are in (or out of). • Fellowship is about far more than the bread and the wine. • Fellowship boundaries are personal;bloc-fellowship (and bloc-disfellowship) are not biblical concepts.

  5. Fellowship The basics of fellowship

  6. Fellowship common 7 defiled 1 unclean 3 unholy 1 koinos koinos Mark 7:2 Acts 10:14 Heb 10:29 Rom 14:14 they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. ..those who have spurned the Son of God, counted as unholy the blood of the covenant by which they were sanctified, and outraged the Spirit of grace? New Testament Greek = koine Greek,i.e. “common”, not cultured, Greek

  7. Fellowship communicate 2 distribute 1 partake 5 koinwnew koinwnew communication 2 communion 4 contribution 1 distribution 1 fellowship 12 koinwnia koinwnia willing to communicate 1 koinwnikos koinwnikos companion 1 fellowship 1 partaker 5 partner 3 koinwnos koinwnos

  8. Fellowship koinwn– Mt 23:30 Lk 5:10 Rom 11:17, 15:27 1 Cor 9:23, 10:17-18 2 Cor 1:7 Phlp 1:7 1 Tim 5:22 Heb 2:14 1 Pet 4:13, 5:1 2 Pet 1:4 2 Jn 11 Rev 1:9, 18:4

  9. Fellowship koinwn– Mt 23:30 Lk 5:10 Rom 11:17, 15:27 1 Cor 9:23, 10:17-18 2 Cor 1:7 Phlp 1:7 1 Tim 5:22 Heb 2:14 1 Pet 4:13, 5:1 2 Pet 1:4 2 Jn 11 Rev 1:9, 18:4 Luke 5:10 so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon

  10. Fellowship koinwn– Mt 23:30 Lk 5:10 Rom 11:17, 15:27 1 Cor 9:23, 10:17-18 2 Cor 1:7 Phlp 1:7 1 Tim 5:22 Heb 2:14 1 Pet 4:13, 5:1 2 Pet 1:4 2 Jn 11 Rev 1:9, 18:4 Rom 11:17 some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in their place to share the rich root of the olive tree

  11. Fellowship koinwn– Mt 23:30 Lk 5:10 Rom 11:17, 15:27 1 Cor 9:23, 10:17-18 2 Cor 1:7 Phlp 1:7 1 Tim 5:22 Heb 2:14 1 Pet 4:13, 5:1 2 Pet 1:4 2 Jn 11 Rev 1:9, 18:4 1 Cor 9:23 I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.

  12. Fellowship koinwn– Mt 23:30 Lk 5:10 Rom 11:17, 15:27 1 Cor 9:23, 10:17-18 2 Cor 1:7 Phlp 1:7 1 Tim 5:22 Heb 2:14 1 Pet 4:13, 5:1 2 Pet 1:4 2 Jn 11 Rev 1:9, 18:4 1 Tim 5:22 Do not appoint anyone hastily, and do not participate in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.

  13. Fellowship koinwn– Mt 23:30 Lk 5:10 Rom 11:17, 15:27 1 Cor 9:23, 10:17-18 2 Cor 1:7 Phlp 1:7 1 Tim 5:22 Heb 2:14 1 Pet 4:13, 5:1 2 Pet 1:4 2 Jn 11 Rev 1:9, 18:4 Heb 2:14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same

  14. Fellowship koinwn– Mt 23:30 Lk 5:10 Rom 11:17, 15:27 1 Cor 9:23, 10:17-18 2 Cor 1:7 Phlp 1:7 1 Tim 5:22 Heb 2:14 1 Pet 4:13, 5:1 2 Pet 1:4 2 Jn 11 Rev 1:9, 18:4 2 Pet 1:4 he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become sharers of the divine nature.

  15. Fellowship koinwn– Mt 23:30 Lk 5:10 Rom 11:17, 15:27 1 Cor 9:23, 10:17-18 2 Cor 1:7 Phlp 1:7 1 Tim 5:22 Heb 2:14 1 Pet 4:13, 5:1 2 Pet 1:4 2 Jn 11 Rev 1:9, 18:4 Rev 1:9 I, John, your brother and companion in the persecution in Jesus

  16. Fellowship koinwn– 1 Cor 1:9, 10:16 2 Cor 8:4, 13:14 Eph 5:11 Phlp 2:1, 3:10 1 Jn 1:3,6,7

  17. Fellowship koinwn– 1 Cor 1:9, 10:16 2 Cor 8:4, 13:14 Eph 5:11 Phlp 2:1, 3:10 1 Jn 1:3,6,7 1 Cor 10:16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ?

  18. Fellowship koinwn– 1 Cor 1:9, 10:16 2 Cor 8:4, 13:14 Eph 5:11 Phlp 2:1, 3:10 1 Jn 1:3,6,7 2 Cor 8:4 begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints

  19. Fellowship koinwn– 1 Cor 1:9, 10:16 2 Cor 8:4, 13:14 Eph 5:11 Phlp 2:1, 3:10 1 Jn 1:3,6,7 Eph 5:11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

  20. Fellowship koinwn– 1 Cor 1:9, 10:16 2 Cor 8:4, 13:14 Eph 5:11 Phlp 2:1, 3:10 1 Jn 1:3,6,7 Phlp 3:10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

  21. Fellowship koinwn– 1 Cor 1:9, 10:16 2 Cor 8:4, 13:14 Eph 5:11 Phlp 2:1, 3:10 1 Jn 1:3,6,7 1 John 1:3 we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us;

  22. Fellowship “Sharing in…” koinwn– Mt 23:30 Lk 5:10 Rom 11:17, 15:27 1 Cor 9:23, 10:17-18 2 Cor 1:7 Phlp 1:7 1 Tim 5:22 Heb 2:14 1 Pet 4:13, 5:1 2 Pet 1:4 2 Jn 11 Rev 1:9, 18:4 1 Cor 1:9, 10:16 2 Cor 8:4, 13:14 Eph 5:11 Phlp 2:1, 3:10 1 Jn 1:3,6,7

  23. Fellowship koinwn– But sharing istwo-way

  24. Fellowship “Sharing with…” koinwn– Rom 12:13, 15:26 2 Cor 9:13 Gal 6:6 Phlp 4:14-15 1 Tim 6:18 Phlm 6 Heb 13:16

  25. Fellowship “Sharing with…” koinwn– Rom 12:13, 15:26 2 Cor 9:13 Gal 6:6 Phlp 4:14-15 1 Tim 6:18 Phlm 6 Heb 13:16 Rom 15:26 for Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem.

  26. Fellowship “Sharing with…” koinwn– Rom 12:13, 15:26 2 Cor 9:13 Gal 6:6 Phlp 4:14-15 1 Tim 6:18 Phlm 6 Heb 13:16 2 Cor 9:13 Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others

  27. Fellowship “Sharing with…” koinwn– Rom 12:13, 15:26 2 Cor 9:13 Gal 6:6 Phlp 4:14-15 1 Tim 6:18 Phlm 6 Heb 13:16 Gal 6:6 Those who are taught the word should share in all good things with their teacher.

  28. Fellowship “Sharing with…” koinwn– Rom 12:13, 15:26 2 Cor 9:13 Gal 6:6 Phlp 4:14-15 1 Tim 6:18 Phlm 6 Heb 13:16 Phlp 4:15 You Philippians indeed know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no ecclesia shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you alone.

  29. Fellowship “Sharing with…” koinwn– Rom 12:13, 15:26 2 Cor 9:13 Gal 6:6 Phlp 4:14-15 1 Tim 6:18 Phlm 6 Heb 13:16 1 Tim 6:18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share

  30. Fellowship “Sharing with…” koinwn– Rom 12:13, 15:26 2 Cor 9:13 Gal 6:6 Phlp 4:14-15 1 Tim 6:18 Phlm 6 Heb 13:16 Phlm 6 I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ.

  31. Fellowship “Sharing with…” koinwn– Rom 12:13, 15:26 2 Cor 9:13 Gal 6:6 Phlp 4:14-15 1 Tim 6:18 Phlm 6 Heb 13:16 Heb 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

  32. Fellowship “Sharing with…” koinwn– 2 Cor 8:23 Phlm 17 Heb 10:33

  33. Fellowship “Sharing with…” koinwn– 2 Cor 8:23 Phlm 17 Heb 10:33 2 Cor 8:23 As for Titus, he is my partner and co-worker in your service; as for our brothers, they are messengers of the ecclesias, the glory of Christ.

  34. Fellowship “Sharing with…” koinwn– 2 Cor 8:23 Phlm 17 Heb 10:33 Phlm 17 So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.

  35. Fellowship “Sharing with…” koinwn– 2 Cor 8:23 Phlm 17 Heb 10:33 Heb 10:32-33 But recall those earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and persecution, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.

  36. Fellowship “Sharing with…” “Sharing in…” koinwn– Rom 12:13, 15:26 2 Cor 9:13 Gal 6:6 Phlp 4:14-15 1 Tim 6:18 Phlm 6 Heb 13:16 Mt 23:30 Lk 5:10 Rom 11:17, 15:27 1 Cor 9:23, 10:17-18 2 Cor 1:7 Phlp 1:7 1 Tim 5:22 Heb 2:14 1 Pet 4:13, 5:1 2 Pet 1:4 2 Jn 11 Rev 1:9, 18:4 1 Cor 1:9, 10:16 2 Cor 8:4, 13:14 Eph 5:11 Phlp 2:1, 3:10 1 Jn 1:3,6,7 Acts 2:42 1 Cor 10:20 2 Cor 6:14 Gal 2:9 Phlp 1:5 2 Cor 8:23 Phlm 17 Heb 10:33

  37. Fellowship The others… Acts 2:42 1 Cor 10:20 2 Cor 6:14 Gal 2:9 Phlp 1:5 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. teaching and fellowship: public breaking of bread and prayers: private “Fellowship” here is the sharing with those in need (vv44-45)

  38. Fellowship The others… Acts 2:42 1 Cor 10:20 2 Cor 6:14 Gal 2:9 Phlp 1:5 No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons. There is no common ground between God and idols; if you are God’s you cannot also share sacrifices at the idol’s table.

  39. Fellowship The others… Acts 2:42 1 Cor 10:20 2 Cor 6:14 Gal 2:9 Phlp 1:5 Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what fellowship is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what communion is there between light and darkness? Here koinwnia is translated as communion. Light and dark cannot share anything – it isn’t a question of choice!

  40. Fellowship The others… Acts 2:42 1 Cor 10:20 2 Cor 6:14 Gal 2:9 Phlp 1:5 When James and Cephas and John, who were acknowledged pillars, recognized the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. This is the ecclesial equivalent of a business partnership: sharing out the regions to two marketing teams.

  41. Fellowship The others… Acts 2:42 1 Cor 10:20 2 Cor 6:14 Gal 2:9 Phlp 1:5 I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. Or your sharing in the furtherance of the gospel, i.e.the Philippians were active partners in Paul’s preaching work.

  42. Fellowship So what do these words mean? • having a share in… • giving a share… • participating in… • having in common… Outside the New Testament, koinwnia is used of marriage, business partnership, friendship, and of a “bring and share” meal

  43. Fellowship Fellowship is a continuum • It isn’t something you are in or out of • The more you have in common, the richer the fellowship you enjoy • The less you are prepared to share, the poorer your fellowship is • A fellowship of one is an oxymoron; you can’t have fellowship on your own

  44. Fellowship Christadelphians & fellowship

  45. Fellowship 4 of the first 10 hits were Christadelphian sites 6 of the first 10 hits were Christadelphian sites This search used to give a similar result, but Christadelphian sites have been overwhelmed by sites associated with the Jehovah’s Witnesses Fellowship matters to us!

  46. Fellowship BROKEN!

  47. Fellowship “Central”

  48. Fellowship Some statistics… 1910

  49. Fellowship Some statistics… 1950

  50. Fellowship Some statistics… 2009