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What is Fellowship

  • Spending time with believers
  • Greek Word
    • Koinonia

Why Fellowship

  • Helping Others Love and Do Good Works
    • Hebrews 10:24-25—And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
  • Jesus Will Be With Them
    • Matthew 18:20—For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
  • Bear Each Other’s Burdens
    • Galatians 6:2— Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
  • Be Unified and World Knows the Father Sent Jesus
    • John 17:21-23— That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
  • Sanctification
    • Proverbs 27:17— Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
  • Better Results from Work
    • Ecclesiastes 4:9-10—Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
  • Keep Warm
    • Ecclesiastes 4:11—Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?
  • Safety
    • Ecclesiastes 4:12—And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him–a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

How to Fellowship

  • On a Regular Basis
    • Acts 2:46—And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
  • Proclaim the Gospel
    • I John 1:3—That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
  • Be Unified in Purpose
    • Philippians 2:1-2— So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

How Jesus Fellowshipped

Friends

  • 12 Disciples
    • John 15:15— No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Acquaintances

  • Sinners and Tax Collectors
    • Mark 2:15— And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.
  • Those Who Realize Their Sin
    • Mark 2:17— And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Avoided

  • Those Who Do Not Realize Their Sin
    • Matthew 23:27-28— “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Who to Avoid

  • Those Who Teach False Salvation-related Theology
    • Romans 16:17— I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.
    • Titus 3:9-10— But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,
  • Christians Who Don’t Try to Reconcile Sin
    • Matthew 18:15-17— “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
  • People with Bad Morals
    • I Corinthians 15:33— Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
  • Those Who Choose to Sin
    • Ephesians 5:11— Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
    • Proverbs 24:1— Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them,
    • I Corinthians 5:11— But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
  • Angry People
    • Proverbs 22:24— Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man,

Church Leadership

Biblical Terms

  • Watching over the Congregation
    • Overseer
    • Elder
    • Pastor
  • Service
    • Deacons

Requirements of Elders

  • Serve Willingly
    • I Peter 5:2— shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;
  • Serve Eagerly
    • I Peter 5:2— shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;
  • Don’t Be Domineering
    • I Peter 5:3— not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
  • Characteristics in I Timothy
    • I Timothy 3:1-7— The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
    • Above Reproach
    • Monogamous (or Celibate)
    • Sensible
    • Self-controlled
    • Respectable (to Christians and non-Christians)
    • Hospitable
    • Can Teach
    • Not a Drunkard
    • Gentle
    • Not Quarrelsome
    • Not Greedy
    • Good Father and Husband
    • Saved for Many Years
  • Characteristics in Titus 1
    • Titus 1:5-8— This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you–6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7 For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.
    • Above Reproach
    • Monogamous
    • Children are Believers
    • Children are Self-controlled
    • Not Arrogant
    • Slow-tempered
    • Not a Drunkard
    • Not Violent
    • Not Greedy
    • Hospitable
    • Loves Good
    • Righteous and Holy
    • Self-controlled and Disciplined

Requirements for Deacons

  • (For All)
    • I Timothy 3:8-13— Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
  • Dignified
  • Truthful
  • Not a Drunkard
  • Not Greedy
  • Blameless
  • Have Wives who are Dignified, not Slanderers, Sensible, and Faithful in All Things
  • Monogamous
  • Good Father and Husband