Sun, 21 September 2014
September 14, 2014
Characteristics of the Koinonia of Christ
Synopsis: This is the second in a series on the church as it pertains to the local congregation. The first message dealt with Characteristics of a Servant Church. Today my focus is on the fellowship ( Greek: “Koinonia”).
The local congregation holds a Trinitarian view of their relationship with God. The believer’s journey of faith begins with God (Father) and reaches out in Christ (Son), and is always motivated by the Spirit (Holy Spirit). Membership, in terms of having one’s name recorded somewhere or receiving special benefits as a result of membership, is foreign to the koinonia of Acts. Believers are partners with one another in Christ, therefore partakers of Christ’s nature and mission.
Scripture Text (NLT): Acts 2:42-47, John 13:34-35; 1 John 2:7-14; Galatians 6:1-10; Romans 12:9-21
Scripture Reading: 1 John 2:7-8