As soon as I saw that Patricia was going to start I knew that I wanted to join in on the conversation.
can mean many different things: community, sharing, contribution, intimacy, or fellowship.
Among Believers, is not only fellowship with Christ, but is also fellowship with other Christians in a partnership of faith.
In the New Testament, Paul uses this word in reference to the intimate fellowship shared between the believing community and Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:9), as well for the sharing of material things.
For the past few days, I thought a lot about the idea of and how it truly relates to my own personal life.
My desire, and what I feel God has called me to do, is to enter into full time missions. Caleb and I have dreams of starting a school and an orphanage, and ultimately hope to make this our life's work. However, this will never be accomplished without the help of fellow Believers.
We need prayer.
We need monetary donations.
We need friendships.
This spirit of communion among other Believers is so vital to the success of our future ministry. Caleb and I need people to share in our triumphs, but more importantly, our failures.
I love when Paul writes to the church in Corinth and says:
I cannot even begin to count the ways God has comforted me during what seemed to be the worst of times.
Yet, what kind of person would I be if I did not extend this same comfort and grace to others?
We need to encourage one another in Christ, but at the same time, need to be willing to share in each other's sufferings.
Like I tell the kids in my preschool class, "You need to have listening ears." It's so easy to listen without really hearing, which often clouds our ability to understand the needs of others.
That being said, Caleb and I need people to cry with us, to laugh with us, to guide us.
We need people to fight alongside us for our vision and our ministry.
It is so easy to get distracted and discouraged in this world, and that is when fellowship steps in and saves the day.
When you are one step closer to giving up, and you suddenly find someone else that says:
"I've been there, but this is not the end."
My name is Kelly, I am a full-time student & wife, and fairly new to the blogging world. I am starting my Senior Year at Valley Forge Christian College this Fall, and after I graduate, my husband and I plan to move to South Korea to teach English, which will help us eventually transition into full-time missions work! I am so excited for what God is currently doing (and what He is going to do) in my life, and I would love to share that with you.
Visit the introduction to the Koinonia series to know how you can write about community, participation, and fellowship.