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What is fellowship, its origins and benefits?
Thank you for your great question regarding fellowship.
One of the first examples of this word can be found in Acts 2:42-47
The Fellowship of the Believers
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Here we see the early Church and how they lived with each other. They 1. devoted themselves to teaching, 2. they broke bread, 3. they prayed and 4. they shared their homes.
It seems that they basically had a love for each other like a family. They shared their lives together in a real and meaningful way.
This is because of the new fellowship that they have with God, through Jesus Christ's death and resurrection. 1 Corinthians 3:9 says: God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
The benefits of fellowship are 1. a right relationship with God and 2. a right relationship with God's people.
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