Jump to content
Michael37

Ideally As Christians What Is Our Fellowship For?

Recommended Posts

7 hours ago, Michael37 said:

I sometimes mention who I am in fellowship with and comment on what matters we discuss, and occasionally describe someone as being "out of fellowship", but still the question remains, "Ideally As Christians What Is Our Fellowship For?"  


Plenty of really great answers here, about what it is and what is done in fellowship.
In fun, in church, in study, in Christ.

It is done with other people, usually with a body of believers.
Boiled down, I think I would describe it, in my mind
        so we can come

       'Together'   
     (a beautiful word) forsake not the assembling of ourselves together..

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Sower said:


Plenty of really great answers here, about what it is and what is done in fellowship.
In fun, in church, in study, in Christ.

It is done with other people, usually with a body of believers.
Boiled down, I think I would describe it, in my mind
        so we can come

       'Together'   
     (a beautiful word) forsake not the assembling of ourselves together..

Thanks for your comment, Sower. Indeed, the coming together of believers is an exceptionally strong theme. As you may know there is a whole bundle of meaning in the word synagogue which is from the Greek sunagoge.

Quote:

During the first Christian centuries, Jewish-Christians used houses of worship known in academic literature as synagogue-churches. Scholars have claimed to have identified such houses of worship of the Jews who had accepted Jesus as the Messiah in Jerusalem[8] and Nazareth.[9][10] [See Wkpd]

Strongs G1997
ἐπισυναγωγή
episunagōgē
ep-ee-soon-ag-o-gay'
From G1996; a complete collection; specifically a Christian meeting (for worship): - assembling (gathering) together.
Total KJV occurrences: 2
Strongs G4863
συνάγω
sunagō
soon-ag'-o
From G4862 and G71; to lead together, that is, collect or convene; specifically to entertain (hospitably): - + accompany, assemble (selves, together), bestow, come together, gather (selves together, up, together), lead into, resort, take in.
Total KJV occurrences: 62

Strongs G4864
συναγωγή
sunagōgē
soon-ag-o-gay'
From (the reduplicated form of) G4863; an assemblage of persons; specifically a Jewish “synagogue” (the meeting or the place); by analogy a Christian church: - assembly, congregation, synagogue.
Total KJV occurrences: 57

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 hours ago, Michael37 said:

Act 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Sometimes people ask "Where do you fellowship?" Also they ask "Who do you fellowship with?" But it would be a rare thing for someone to ask "What is your fellowship for?"

An unbeliever might ask "What do you do at your meetings?", not knowing how the term "fellowship" is applied among Christians.

I sometimes mention who I am in fellowship with and comment on what matters we discuss, and occasionally describe someone as being "out of fellowship", but still the question remains, "Ideally As Christians What Is Our Fellowship For?" 

We meet together to worship God, to be taught and to encourage others and to be encouraged.

Note we do not go for our benefit we go to benefit others.

It is like in a marriage one seeks always the good of ones spouse first. So it is in church we seek the good of others in church. see phill 2:1-5

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Who me said:

We meet together to worship God, to be taught and to encourage others and to be encouraged.

Note we do not go for our benefit we go to benefit others.

It is like in a marriage one seeks always the good of ones spouse first. So it is in church we seek the good of others in church. see phill 2:1-5

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Really good point, Who me. There is a warmth to the fellowship that occurs when we look to the interests of others. In Gal 5:20 we find selfish ambitions listed among the works of the flesh. Some versions mention "emulations" which is an archaic term for rivalry. Unbridled competitiveness can seriously quench the Holy Spirit.

KJV (20)  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

NKJV (20)  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

ESV (20) idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,

emulation

(ˌɛmjʊˈleɪʃən)

n
1. the act of emulating or imitating
2. the effort or desire to equal or surpass another or others
3. archaic jealous rivalry
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

May I add, we come together as a local church body to strengthen the vertical aspect of our relationship with Father, we are told when we come together to praise and Worship Father He comes and inhabits the praises of His people, there is a spiritual dynamic that occurs that we rarely experience in our quiet time with Him,...the presence of the Holy Spirit in us as a body, united in Praise and Worship for our Great God and Father is so thick, ...for lack of a better word, ...that we could cut it with a knife, ...His Presence is felt, again, for lack of a better word, by all of His Children, ...when He comes He brings Eternity with Him, and maybe it might of lasted for only a few minutes, but for us it was like an hour or two, ...there were tears, weeping, exclamations of joy, hands raised, heads bowed, people on their knees, humility, humbleness, ...and afterwards, we find there were healing(s) given, physical, emotional, spiritual,  words of wisdom and knowledge, encouragement, correction, reproof, reconciliation, ...a True example/experience of the Church of Jesus Christ, ...and not the circus atmosphere we see so prevalent in the churches of today.

Lord bless  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, JustPassingThru said:

May I add, we come together as a local church body to strengthen the vertical aspect of our relationship with Father, we are told when we come together to praise and Worship Father He comes and inhabits the praises of His people, there is a spiritual dynamic that occurs that we rarely experience in our quiet time with Him,...the presence of the Holy Spirit in us as a body, united in Praise and Worship for our Great God and Father is so thick, ...for lack of a better word, ...that we could cut it with a knife, ...His Presence is felt, again, for lack of a better word, by all of His Children, ...when He comes He brings Eternity with Him, and maybe it might of lasted for only a few minutes, but for us it was like an hour or two, ...there were tears, weeping, exclamations of joy, hands raised, heads bowed, people on their knees, humility, humbleness, ...and afterwards, we find there were healing(s) given, physical, emotional, spiritual,  words of wisdom and knowledge, encouragement, correction, reproof, reconciliation, ...a True example/experience of the Church of Jesus Christ, ...and not the circus atmosphere we see so prevalent in the churches of today.

Lord bless  

Thanks for adding to the discussion, JPT. Yes, when the Holy Spirit is free to move in the congregation the benefits are numerous as you so nimbly describe.

2Co 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
 

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Similar Content

    • By Michael37
      When the word worship is mentioned in a Christian context I wonder if playing music and singing are the only things that come to mind. Of course there is a lot more to worship than music and singing. In addition to doxa referring to honour  in Luke 14:10, five other Greek words used in the Bible variously translate into the English word worship as follows:
       
    • By In Him
      Stumbled upon this site looking for Christian fellowship. One of my favorite things!
      “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH …” (JOHN 16:13)
       
    • By scenematt
      HELLO!
      My name is Matt Downey and I am new here.  I am from Columbus, Ohio and I love God ever since I was a little boy.  I am a true Christian and have suffered through many hard trials and tribulations including homelessness, hunger, fasting, sleeplessness, beatings, travels, witnessing, closeness to God, separation from God, spiritual victories and spiritual failures.  I guess I have grown to the place where I sort of just want to get back into the ministry of believer to believer strength and courage, because I spent most of my childhood healing and casting out devils.  Then I met God and He told me to have some fun, so I ended up retiring and settling in at everything was about Me and nobody else really mattered anymore.  But as time has progressed, I have decided that I would like to get back into common ministry and help strengthen and encourage individuals in the Body of Christ to never give up on the highest blessings and to always go forth in God.
      So that is a little about me.  More is that I love web design, travel, spirituality including godliness and angelic hosting, Spirit travels through fasting and prayer, sleeping in, music, praise and worship, church, and pets.  I love a lot of other things like art and museums too, but it's too much to list.  I have a great family and I look forward to being a part of the online community here.
       
      Well, thanks!
       
      Matty
    • By Michael37
      Looking forward to koinonia on Sunday. Be travelling away this week.
      No-one will be doing a sermon.
      We don't do sermons at our ekklesia (assembly).
      We do paraklēsis (exhortation).
      We do oikodomē  (edification).
      We do diakonia (ministry).
      But we don't do sermons.
      No sermons.
      How do you like them apples? 
    • By Bryan T
      God be praised!  In loneliness and despair, feeling trapped in a sinful world, I know there is a remnant to be comforted by; I know there is a God that did not hold back His only Son.  Thank you Lord for you are faithful and true.
×
×
  • Create New...