• Bishop Keith Butler

Fellowship with God and Man

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3)

Fellowship is an essential Bible subject, but we don’t talk about it much. What does the Scripture mean when it talks about fellowship? The English New Testament translates different Greek words as fellowship. One is metoche. It means to participate or intertwine. Another Greek word is sunkoinomeo. It means to share company with or to co-participate or be a partaker. The fellowship that we need today is koinonia. It means a partnership, to participate, communicate, distribute, or have social intercourse. It also means communion.

It sounds high and holy to claim that we have fellowship with God, but claim that we don't need fellowship with other believers. When people talk that way, it sounds like this, "I hear from God, and I don't need anyone else. I worship God from the lake on Sundays in the summer. In the winter, I worship Him from the ski slopes." 1 John 1:3 confirms that we should have fellowship with the Father and Jesus. However, it doesn’t end there. It also says that we are to have fellowship with one another.

Do you know the names of anyone who sits around you in service on Sundays and Wednesdays? My church in Michigan is quite large, and many people over the years have complained that the size of the church has kept them from getting to know people.

Regardless of the size of the congregation, getting to know people is ultimately a decision that each individual makes. Why can't you introduce yourself to the person next to you, behind you or in front of you? Why don't you try to connect with them through the week via social media or text message? Why don't you ask them how you could pray for them? My church is going to make meals available on Wednesday evenings and Sundays after our morning service. I'm willing to help people with fellowship, but ultimately, it is up to them to participate and reach out to one another.

Practical Application – Do you have fellowship with God and man? Talk to the Father every day in prayer and get to know the people at your church!

1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 8:4



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