The English word, “fellowship” is the translation of the Greek word, “koinonia.” Koinonia was used to describe corporations, labor guilds, partners in a law firm etc. we can conclude that fellowship is a word denoting a relationship that is dependent on more than one individual. It is an interdependent relationship. We can say that: Fellowship is a relationship of inner unity among believers that expresses itself in outer co-participation with Christ and one another in accomplishing God’s will on earth.”
When did Fellowship in the Church begin?
It occurred naturally with the birth of the church: If you look at the fellowship in the church it occurred naturally. Nobody had to come to the disciples and other new believers on the day of Pentecost and said, “You need to practice fellowship.” The Holy Spirit had come upon these people and formed an inner unity and their natural inclination was to exercise it outwardly.
Acts 2:44-47 and all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Fellowship is the indispensable means of accomplishing the God-given purpose of the church.
Ephesians 3:10,11 says, His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authoritiesin the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. What is important to see here is that no individual working alone could ever fulfill this plan of showing every perfection of God, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Every member of the Church is Necessary - There is another group of people who are church-hoppers and non-participants. They think the church can make it without them. However, 1 Corinthians 12 makes it clear that every single member of the body is necessary for its proper functioning. Because of the importance of fellowship, no one has the right to amputate themselves from the functioning body of Christ, the local church
The fellowship with believers is not just on Sundays but through the week. That is why it is important that you belong to a Carecell. The Carecell helps you not only connect vertically that is to God but horizontally relate to your fellow believers. This helps each one to accomplish God’s purpose for the church.
With the unity of the Holy Spirit and a divine purpose, we must all put our shoulders to the plow until God’s plan is complete.
Even as we focus on Carecells this month, don’t wait any longer. Be Carecelled!
Fellowship – Indispensable for the church