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Fellowship in Christian service

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Partnership in a common enterprise. God’s people are called to work together especially in the task of mission, to recognise one another’s gifts and to give support to one another’s ministries.

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Fellowship in mission

Partnership in preaching the gospel

Galatians 2:9 KJV 1900
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.
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Supporting the work of others

; The Philippians share in Paul’s work through their giving.
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Standing together in adversity

Hebrews 10:32–34 KJV 1900
But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
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Fellowship between Paul and his co-workers

Philippians 4:3 KJV 1900
And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.


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Priscilla and Aquila; Urbanus; Timothy; Titus; Epaphroditus; Philemon; Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke

In fellowship different gifts are combined for effective service

1 Corinthians 12:12 KJV 1900
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
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Spiritual gifts are given to all to share

1 Corinthians 12:7 KJV 1900
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
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Recognising one another’s gifts

1 Corinthians 12:21–26 KJV 1900
And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

Accepting one another’s ministries

Galatians 2:7–8 KJV 1900
But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
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Examples of sharing in different roles

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Examples of working together in fellowship

Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 KJV 1900
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
See also the Reubenites and the Gadites join with the rest of Israel to conquer Canaan; all Israel unites against Gibeah; Those returning from exile work together to rebuild the temple; The Israelites work together to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem; Peter and Andrew, James and John are business partners.
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