What Fellowship Really Means
Fellowship is a word we may use too lightly in our churches. The variety of uses in the New Testament reveals that koinonia involves a deeper level of fellowship than an informal social gathering. The essential element of koinonia is participation—Christ is what connects us.
We should value all that we hold in common as followers of Christ regardless of cultural or denominational differences.
The focus is always on what believers have in common. This is the key to understanding koinonia in the New Testament. So the next time you come across “fellowship” used in a churchy way, remember that fellowship should focus on what we all have in common: new life in Jesus Christ
Mar 5, 2014
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A few days ago I wrote and sent off our monthly report on The Journey of 2. I wrote it on our second anniversary of when we began our service to the Lord here on the island of Roatan.
I noted how fast the time has gone by and how we were looking forward, with anticipation, to what the Lord would be doing through us in this next year.
Last Friday Sabino and I were mending the nets on the court as we were having our morning talk about God. We reminisced some. We discussed the possibilities of the future; but what we talked about most was the present. Mainly what are we doing right now with what God has given us?
We discussed Matthew 25:14-30 and we asked ourselves, “Are we making use of the gifts God has given us?” Will we hear Jesus say when He returns “Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”
Prior to my morning meetings with Sabino, Jamie and I sit at our dining table and do our morning devotions. We read the Bible, write in our journals. Pray and discuss our plans for the day. It has been our plan since we decided to accept God’s call to serve in Roatan that we would serve together.
Together in that we would strive to be in the same place at the same time, doing the same thing, together, as we serve God.
It is our belief that God does not call half of a married couple. Since being married means we are “one”, He calls both of us.
So when we, together, decided to serve in Roatan, we also decided that what we would do we would always strive to do it together.
This has been really hard to do at times, since our gifts, although some are the same, some are also different.
Still, God provides the direction that does allow us to work directly together. I have to admit that often times I am lazy and strive to find an easier service. Thank God that Jamie prays for me, that we have a prayerful Board of Directors and prayerful supporters.
Last week I started working directly with Jamie teaching the older classes at Mazapan. Totally out of my comfort zone, but I know this is where I belong; and this is just the beginning. I believe God is going to continue to provide service that Jamie and I will be doing together.
Obviously, we don’t expect to be together 100% of the time. As I noted earlier, He has also given us different gifts.
If you will, please pray that I start carrying a note pad. My memory, well….
Posted by Ron and Jamie at 11:22 AM