Family Bible Study lesson for June 22: The Church - Fellowshipping Together
June 6 2003 by Kim D. Shaver , Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:1-6

Family Bible Study lesson for June 22: The Church - Fellowshipping Together | Friday, June 6, 2003

Friday, June 6, 2003

Family Bible Study lesson for June 22: The Church - Fellowshipping Together

By Kim D. Shaver Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:1-6

God created us in such a way that we can find fulfillment only through relationships. Jesus said the essence of eternal, abundant life is to "know," or be in relationship with, God.

Out of our "first love" for God flows love for one another and unity in the body of Christ that is best described by the New Testament Greek word koinonia. Koinonia is the fullest, most intimate relationship and connection with God and other believers. In koinonia, our relationships have transparency, closeness, life and joy.

The world is desperately seeking this deep connection everywhere - in bars, at five-course dinner parties, at the country club and at sporting events. However, this "fact to face" intimacy is possible only among believers who share the life of Christ.

Would "koinonia" accurately describe the quality of fellowship in your church? If not, what can you do to help your church experience true koinonia?

Uphold the model Acts 2:42-47The early Jerusalem church as described in Acts was a church that "majored on the majors." Their priorities provide a shining and timeless example.

Luke writes that the people of the church "devoted themselves to the apostle's teaching and to fellowship, the breaking of bread, to prayer ... and praising God."

Their focus on prayer, teaching of the word and worship enriched their vertical relationship with God. Their focus on fellowship and the breaking of bread enriched their horizontal relationship with one another. This balance of vertical and horizontal relationships allowed them to experience God to the full.

To this vibrant, joyful fellowship, "the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."

Koinonia attracts people to Christ.

Keep the unity Ephesians 4:1-3 Koinonia and unity in the body of Christ doesn't just happen - we have to work at it. Only the Holy Spirit can create unity, but we as believers are responsible for guarding it and keeping it intact. As we are humble and gentle and patient with one another in love, we preserve the unity that is a powerful witness to the watching world.

In His high priestly prayer, Jesus prayed that His disciples would be "brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and ... love them" (John 17:23).

Remember what unites us Ephesians 4:4-6 Differences among people can lead to division, but this should not be the case in the church. Instead of focusing on what divides us - which is often temporal and trivial matters like the color of the carpet, the quality of the sound system or committee protocol, we should focus on the eternal bonds that unite us.

We have "one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all." God is over all. He is sovereign, in control and transcendent. He is through all and in all - actively present in our lives, closer than breathing, intimately involved.

God who is through all and in all makes koinonia possible.

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