• Bishop Keith Butler

Fellowship is Giving

For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now. (Philippians 1:5)


Many Christians like to talk about fellowship as merely being the time we spend with other Christians. However, the Greek word for fellowship holds a specific meaning beyond being in the presence of one another. The word fellowship in Greek is koinōnia and means a partnership, benefaction, and contributory help.

In other words, the Philippians church did more than meet together. From the day they became followers of Jesus, they also began to contribute money to support their spiritual leader’s ministry. That included funding him to take the gospel to other places.


To be in fellowship requires more than showing up. True fellowship says, “I have a stake in what God is accomplishing through this body of believers and through the spiritual authority God has placed over me.”


Business partners have a share and an interest in the growth of the enterprise. They want it to be profitable and prosper. Partners in the Gospel pray, give, and support in every way possible to see the ministry thrive wherever God sends it.


Practical Application – In what ways is your support going beyond your local church? Consider ways that you can support the fellowship of the Gospel that goes beyond where you worship.


2 Corinthians 8:4; 1 John 1:3

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