“And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision” (Galatians 2:9).
The word for “fellowship” in the Greek is koinonia, which means communion and spreading the Gospel. That is one of the keys to the New Testament Church. Paul was very grateful and very thankful for those who generously were helping him and others to share the Gospel. Fellowship is not just discussing things of mutual interest. The word “Fellowship” means something entirely different. It means always participating and being in union with Jesus Christ, and having the same relationship with people on earth who are members of the Body of Christ. Here, “fellowship” means spreading the Gospel or any related activity. Some illustrations would be: riding in a car talking about the vision for the lost, praying for lost souls, or having a business meeting discussing different methods and ways in which God could bless. Take a look at how you spend your time. Anything that you do that makes the Gospel possible to be spread effectively is fellowship.
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