The Apostle’s Doctrine & Fellowship

by Jeff Tunnell

It is fact that Jesus and those moved by the Holy Spirit to write the New Testament gave us a relationally structured organism to live within, which we refer to as the “church”.  Not a building of course, it is a body; a vibrant community of faith that is responsive to Jesus Christ, the Head of this body.  As we live out our faith together it is necessary for us to share life in the strength of Acts 2:42, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship…,” (Koinonia: fellowship, association, community, communion & joint participation).  Examining the abundance of “one another” commands in our Bible we conclude that the life of God within us must connect regularly with others in order to experience fulfillment.  You cannot have UNITY with one, there must be more than one; there is no ‘body’ with only one part.

I believe that a cell group provides the atmosphere for life together.  In the cell, koinonia and unity from which God desires us to benefit occurs, and we reflect HIS oneness to the world.  “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

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