What Does “Fellowship” Have to Do with the Work of the Church?
One Sabbath day, Jesus went to the synagogue in his hometown and when given the scroll containing the words of Isaiah, Jesus turned to the 61st chapter and read:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come (Luke 4:18-19).
There was nothing unusual about this particular passage. In fact, Mark Roberts reminds us in his article, “The Mission of God and the Missional Church” that this scripture was very familiar to the Jews of Jesus’ day. Since the time of that early prophesy Jewish people had prayed for the time when God would show them His favor and establish His kingdom.
However, on this particular day something very surprising did happen! Following his reading of the scripture Jesus said, “This Scripture has come true today before your very eyes!” (Luke 4:21). That was the shocker! The long-awaited kingdom of God had come with the presence of Jesus and He practiced what he preached. Jesus released the captive, gave sight to the blind, freed the oppressed, and healed the sick. He forgave sins and forgave and taught his followers to love their neighbors and their enemies…
However, Jesus’ mission was not just about getting individuals right with God. Though it was and remains a necessary first step, our reconciliation with Christ is only the first step. As Jesus cared for the poor, the blind, the captive,…He also called His earliest disciples, Jesus was building a community, a faith community, that could proclaim and continue the work He began.
Trinity Baptist Church is a faith community united by our shared relationship with Christ. However, being united in Christ is not enough unless we are also doing the work God wants us to accomplish. e New Testament word “Koinonia” is translated in English as “fellowship”, “contribution”, “sharing” and “participation”. Koinonia or fellowship is not only about being together, it is also about doing together. Our unity in Christ and our actions as a loving community make it possible for us to help accomplish God’s plan. is is why fellowship is indispensable to our church.
It is fellowship when members and guests are served a meal on Wednesday nights by a faithful team of people, it is fellowship when people come together to serve the hungry through Bountiful Blessings, the Trinity Food Pantry or at Haven for Hope. It is fellowship whenever we are about Christ’s work. It is my prayer that we continue to grow and deepen our fellowship so that we are faithful to be and do the work of Christ in our community and world.