(June 5, 2017) Dr Jim McClure, noted theologian, continues his series on selected Greek words…
One of the words that often finds its way into Christian vocabulary is ‘fellowship.’ It is one of the great New Testament words but is has been used so often to describe such a variety of Christian groups that it has become devalued!
What is ‘fellowship’?
Is it just a term given to differentiate Christian groups from non-Christian groups, such as, Men’s Fellowship, Women’s Fellowship, Youth Fellowship and so on? Or does the New Testament use the word in a different way? That is what we are going to explore.
In the KJV the Greek noun koinonia has been translated by the words…
- fellowship (12 times)
- communion (4 times)
- communication (once)
- contribution (once)
- distribution (once).
The verb koinoneo has been translated partake of, communicate and distribute. It is clear that it is a much more significant word than is suggested by the way we frequently use it. (more…)
Robert and Maureen McQuillan share:
It’s Pentecost Sunday this weekend!
This used to be a yearly highlight in most denominations, let alone Pentecostal ones – a celebration of when the Holy Spirit fell on the first Christians as described in Acts 2. That was when Christians were filled with the Spirit and joyfully worshipped God in ‘new tongues’ – untaught languages or glossolalia (V8-11). (more…)
EASTER – WHY SEEK THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD?
Ron Edmondson, passionate church leader, reflects on Luke 24: 5-8, ‘And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you.”’ (more…)
LEADERS’ HARD TIMES
Tim Jack, former Apostolic Church Australia national leader, writes…
Hebrews 2:10 is very relevant for leaders today. The writer says that Jesus passed through suffering so that he might become perfect.
What an amazing statement about Jesus walking through life’s inequities – the injustice and lack of fairness of life – with his integrity intact. His passing through the worst of temptation and abuse gave him a complete experiential understanding of what church leaders endure.
In simple terms Jesus understands all the aspects of the ‘hard times’ we go though. He himself has ‘been there, done that!’ (more…)