The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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10/15/2009

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A Fellowship With God


"I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings" (Phil. 3:10)

The word "Kononia" is a Greek word that was around well before Christianity. It could have referred to a business partnership, to fellowship of life in marriage or a relationship with a God. This Greek word is used in our New Testaments when a fellowship of some kind is spoken of. Last Sunday here at Northfield we had a meal together after services. I like to call it a fellowship. It is more informal than our worship fellowship, but it is a fellowship nonetheless. Simply put, a fellowship is a sort of sharing, either with one person or a group. We fellowship with others when we share some common interests. What common interest could we possibly share with God?

Since fellowship is sharing lets see how this works. Here are some of Jesus' words; "If anyone loves me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him" (Jn. 14:23). How cool is that? Loving Jesus and obeying Him is the ticket to God the Father. And through this love and obedience, we can have a fellowship with them. Our outward Christian fellowships can only take place when we have established a fellowship relationship with God. We "love one another because love is of God and everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God" (1 Jn. 4: 7).

The writer of the Book of Hebrews starts his letter in the first two verses telling us that in Old Testament time God spoke to the people through prophets. But he concludes that in these days He speaks to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. We are supposed to listen because Jesus has the words of the Father. In what ways can we share with God you ask? "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers....But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night" (Psa. 1:1 & 2). We share with God when we are absorbed in His Word. Lastly, we share with God when we commune with Him. "Is not the cup thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf" (1 Cor. 10:16 & 17). Every time we gather about the table of communion, we share with God and have a fellowship with Him.. More about wonderful fellowship tomorrow...

Have a great day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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