“Fellowship” translates the Greek word koinonia, meaning association, communion, and close relationship. It implies participation in a mutual task and sharing possessions. In Christ, believers are able to enjoy this kind of intimacy with God and with fellow Christians.

Fellowship goes beyond friendship. Believers worldwide enjoy fellowship, though one’s range of friendship is much smaller. Because of the bonds of fellowship, Christians who will never meet still feel the joy of participating in joint projects (missionary schools, for example) and often experience quick rapport when they do meet, despite language and cultural difference.

The idea of Christan fellowship makes rivalry, interfaith warfare, and tribal suspicions nonsensical. Our bond in Christ overcomes social differences. Just as heaven will blend all God’s creation, so fellowship blends and bonds people of different backgrounds into one church, one fellowship, one faith

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