What is Fellowship?

Note, this article is part of a topical study series.
"And they continued steadfastly
in the apostles' doctrine
and fellowship,
and in breaking of bread,
and in prayers."
Acts 2:42
So fellowship is one of the things the early church did.

How do we have fellowship?

"And Moses went out to meet his father in law,
and did obeisance, and kissed him;
and they asked each other of their welfare;
and they came into the tent.

And Moses told his father in law
all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh
and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake,
and all the travail that had come upon them by the way,
and how the LORD delivered them."
Exodus 18:7,8

Moses asked his father-in-law of his welfare, then told him about what God did in his life.

"And when they were come, and had gathered the church together,
they rehearsed all that God had done with them,
and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles."
Acts 14:27

Paul and the others rehearsed all that God had done with them. So fellowship does not have to happen on a Sunday.

"And when he had saluted them,
he declared particularly what things
God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministery."
Acts 21:19

Paul declared what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry to the apostles.

Romans 16:7-23. Salute, salute, salute. Greet everyone in the church.

"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard,
and which we have seen with our eyes,
which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled,
of the Word of Life;
(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it,
and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life,
which was with the Father, and was manifested to us;)
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you,
that ye also may have fellowship with us:
and truly our fellowship is with the Father,
and with his Son Jesus Christ."
1 John 1:1-3

Declaring to others what we've seen in the word.

"Iron sharpeneth iron, so a man sharpeneth
the countenance of his friend."
Proverbs 27:17

(e.g. "What have you seen in the Word lately?)

So, fellowship at least has these three elements:

  1. What we have seen
  2. What we have done with the gospel
  3. Hearing what others have seen in the word
"Look not every man on his own things,
but every man also on the things of others."
Philippians 2:4
"...make known his deeds among the people."
Psalm 105:1
"Talk ye of all His wondrous works."
Psalm 105:2

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