Sunday, August 15, 2010

Spiritual Bonding Force

Discipleship Series (4)

The Greek word for fellowship, koinonia, means “sharing, holding in common.” It is in Jesus Christ alone that we find our spiritual bonding force.

(I) Jesus’ relationship with the Father.
We must develop our own walk with God. A disciple must establish communication with God on a regular basis as part of his or her lifestyle.

“Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” ~John 5:19 (NIV)

(II) Characteristics of Fellowship

1. Effective fellowship is characterized by total acceptance
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” ~Rom 15:7 (NIV)

“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.” ~Rom 14:1 (NIV)

2. Effective fellowship is based on a person’s fellowship with God
“One thing I ask of the Lord , this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” ~Ps 27:4 (NIV)

3. Effective fellowship includes the basic dynamics of spiritual life
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. … Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. ~Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)

4. Effective fellowship meets general needs and specific needs
44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.
~Acts 2:44-45 (NIV)

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." ~John 13:35

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