A fact about the meaning of “fellowship”The four synonyms of koinonia in theNew Testament.• Philos, which means “related by love foroutward characteristics”.• Hetairos, meaning a sharer in a commonenterprise.• Sunergos, meaning a fellow-worker.• Metochos, a participant.This is true inner aspect of fellowship may beseen in verses such as 1 Corinthians 1:9
Acts 2:42-47 (NLT)All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, and tofellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lords Supper, andto prayer.Act 2:43A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performedmany miraculous signs and wonders.Act 2:44And all the believers met together in one place and shared everythingthey had.Act 2:45They sold their property and possessions and shared the money withthose in need.Act 2:46They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes forthe Lords Supper, and shared their meals with great joy andgenerosity.Act 2:47all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people.And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were
Four Practices•ACTS 2:42•And they devoted themselves to the apostles TEACHING, to FELLOWSHIP, to the BREAKING OF BREAD, and to PRAYERS.
A Generous Ministry ACTS 2:44-47• "It is important to underscore that describes a community of faith that operates in the power of Gods Spirit. The virtues of justice, worship, and mutuality are not accomplishments of extraordinary folk. They are signs of the Spirit within a community of people who understand themselves as united in purpose and identity?• Here, fellowship primarily focuses on our spiritual unity with Christ, an inner relationship.• Philemon 6, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Philippians 2:1-2
A Growing Ministry Unity and Diversity in the Body of Christ• Ephesians 4:12-16 Believers accomplishing THREE goals:• Unity of faith and full knowledge of God’s Son.• Be Imitators of Jesus Christ.• Maturity and Unity are measured to have a relationship with God
May 20, 1961 - Jim Zwerg, the only white male student among a group ofFreedom Riders, knelt to pray as he realized he was about to be attacked at theMontgomery bus station. The 21-year-old ministerial student suffered a severeconcussion, cracked vertabrae, numerous cuts and bruises, and he lost severalteeth in the attack. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser)(CNN) -- The mob was already waiting lm 27 James Zwerg by the time the forGreyhound bus eased into the station in Montgomery, Alabama.Looking out the window, Zwerg could see men gripping baseball bats,chains and clubs. They had sealed off the streets leading to the busstation and chased away news photographers. They didnt want anyoneto witness what they were about to do.Zwerg accepted his worst fear: He was going to die today.Only the night before, Zwerg had prayed for the strength to not strikeback in anger. He was among the 18 white and black college studentsfrom Nashville who had decided to take the bus trip through thesegregated South in 1961. They called themselves Freedom Riders.Their goal was to desegregate public transportation.
Psalm 27James Zwerg, right, with John Lewisafter the mob attacked them. Zwergpassed out soon after the photo wastaken.
Other resources you may find helpful: http://www.gotquestions.org/koinonia.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koinonia http://www.preceptaustin.org/ philippians_13-5.htm#PARTICIPATION %20KOINONIA