7925 fellowship, among believers

7925 fellowship, among believers

The fellowship that believers share as a result of their common union with God through Jesus Christ is expressed in life together. It is evident in worship together, in a love for one another which reflects God’s own love and in a practical commitment to one another which is demonstrated in concern for the weak and readiness to share with the poor and needy.

Sharing in the fellowship of God’s love

1Jn 4:10-12 See also Jn 13:34; Jn 15:12; Eph 5:1-2; 1Jn 3:10

Sharing in the fellowship of a common devotional life

Ac 2:42

Worshipping together Ps 55:14 See also Ps 42:4; 1Co 14:26; Eph 5:19; Col 3:16

Praying together Ac 1:14 See also Ac 4:24; Ac 12:12; Jas 5:16

Breaking bread together 1Co 10:16-17; 2Pe 2:13; Jude 12 Love feasts accompanied the Lord’s Supper though these were open to abuse.

True fellowship means sharing with those in need

Heb 13:16 See also Ac 20:34-35; Eph 4:28

Showing hospitality Ro 12:13 See also Isa 58:7; Heb 13:1-2; 1Pe 4:9; 3Jn 8

Sharing money and possessions Dt 15:10-11; Ac 2:44-45 See also Dt 10:18-19 God’s people are to reflect his concern for the needy in society; Mt 25:35-36; Lk 3:11; Ac 4:32-35; 2Co 8:13-15; 1Ti 6:17-18; Jas 1:27; Jas 2:15-16

Examples of sharing with the needy Job 31:16-20 Job’s compassion for the needy; Ac 6:1 the daily distribution to widows; Ac 9:36 Tabitha’s concern for the poor The collection for believers in Judea: Ac 11:29-30; Ro 15:26; 2Co 8:3-4

Strengthening one another in fellowship together

Bearing with the weak Gal 6:1-2 See also Isa 42:3; Ro 14:1; Ro 15:1; 1Th 5:14

Strengthening the weak Isa 35:3-4 See also Job 4:3-4

Encouraging one another Heb 10:24-25 See also 1Sa 23:16; Ro 1:12; 1Th 5:11; Heb 13:3

Putting the needs of others first Ro 15:2 See also 1Co 10:24,32-33

True fellowship means living in harmony

1Pe 3:8 See also Ro 12:16; Eph 4:2-3; Php 2:1-4; Col 3:12-14

Showing equal concern for all Ac 10:34; 1Co 12:25; Jas 2:1-4

Examples of fellowship Nu 10:31-32 Moses and Hobab; 1Sa 18:3 David and Jonathan; 2Ki 10:15-16 Jehu and Jehonadab

Failure to exhibit true fellowship 1Sa 30:22 Troublemakers in David’s army are unwilling to share the spoils; 1Co 1:11-12 factions within the church at Corinth; 1Co 11:17-22 Selfishness at love feasts humiliates the poor.

See also

3035Holy Spirit, presence of
5566suffering, encouragements in
5680family
5690friends
6705peace, experience
7025church, unity
7028church, life of
7030unity
8298love for one another
8304loyalty
8602prayer
8622worship

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