Dr. Gregg Strawbridge - Spiritual Disciplines (03) - Growing in Fellowship and Hospitality

 
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Defining Fellowship - We confess that we “believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins. . .” The well-known term for “communion,” koinonia, is translated in the NT as fellowship (12), contribution (2), participation (2), and sharing (3). Christian fellowship is sharing life together under the terms of the new covenant because of our union in Christ. This involves friendship, sharing of material needs, working together, and the spiritual communion we have with Christ and His Body in worship, and especially the Eucharist.


Doing Fellowship - As is evident above biblical fellowship involves much more than hosting church friends for a meal or holding an ice cream social or a attending a church-wide meal. We have relational responsibilities. We are told to “love one another,” to “encourage one another,” to “pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another,” to “stimulate one another to love and good deeds,” to “serve one another,” to “admonish one another,” to “be devoted to one another,” to “be of the same mind with one another,” to show “forbearance to one another in love,” and to “be subject to one another in the fear of Christ” (Eph. 5:21).


Defining Hospitality - The biblical concept of hospitality is evident in the NT term:...

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