What True Fellowship Involves

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“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16a, NKJV).

Even though written in the negative, I believe we can examine this text and extrapolate many positive aspects of true fellowship which come forth clearly in the words used. So here’s what true fellowship involves:

Yoked together. True fellowship involves being linked together for the purpose of being productive. Fellowship operates best when people work closely together for a common cause.

Fellowship. True fellowship involves companionship and camaraderie (which is the definition of the Greek word translated “fellowship”). Fellowship is formed when people are truly together.

Communion. True fellowship involves close, personal association with one another. Fellowship is strengthened when personal connections are made.

Accord (harmony, NAS). True fellowship involves unity, harmony, and peace. Fellowship grows when people get along.

Part (share, ESV). True fellowship involves sharing and partaking together. Fellowship blossoms most beautifully when everyone does their part.

Agreement. True fellowship involves being one in thought, belief, expression, effort, and outlook. Fellowship moves forward when there is common ground.

Truly, true fellowship is wonderful. Take a look at the above list again and note all the benefits of true fellowship. Resolve to do your part to be in true and total fellowship with Christ and His church.

Edd Sterchi
Broadway church of Christ
Campbellsville, KY

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