Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

The Calling of the Christian: To Know and Fellowship with God

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  John 1:1-4

Define Fellowship – The Crisis of Caring, Jerry Bridges
The Greek word for fellowship is koinonia. It is translated several ways in the NT: for example, “participation,” “partnership,” “sharing,” and, of course, “fellowship.” These various uses of koinonia convey two relate meanings: (1) to share together in the sense of joint participation or partnership, and (2) to share with in the sense of giving what we have to others. Fellowship is sharing a common life with other believers, a life that we together share with God the Father and God the Son. It is a relationship, not an activity. Biblical fellowship, then, incorporates this idea of an active partnership in the promotion of the gospel and the building up of believers.

A. Fellowship with God the Father

– Primarily in love: 1 John 4:8, 2 Cor. 13:14, John 16:27, Rom. 5:5

B. Fellowship with God the Son

– Primarily in grace: John 1:14, 17, 2 Cor. 13:14, 1 Peter 1:13

C. Fellowship with God the Holy Spirit

– Primarily in revealing Christ

The Person of Christ: John 16:12-14

Our Union with Christ: 2 Cor. 5:17, Rom. 8:15-17

Witnessing for Christ: Acts 1:8, 1 Thess. 1:2-10