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Fellowship, among believers

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The fellowship that believers share as a result of their common union with God through Jesus Christ is expressed in life together. It is evident in worship together, in a love for one another which reflects God’s own love and in a practical commitment to one another which is demonstrated in concern for the weak and readiness to share with the poor and needy.

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Sharing in the fellowship of God’s love

1 John 4:10–12 NASB95
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.
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Sharing in the fellowship of a common devotional life

Acts 2:42 NASB95
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Worshipping together

Psalm 55:14 NASB95
We who had sweet fellowship together Walked in the house of God in the throng.
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Praying together

Acts 1:14 NASB95
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
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Breaking bread together

; ; Love feasts accompanied the Lord’s Supper though these were open to abuse.

True fellowship means sharing with those in need

Hebrews 13:16 NASB95
And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
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Showing hospitality

Romans 12:13 NASB95
contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
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Sharing money and possessions

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Examples of sharing with the needy

Job’s compassion for the needy; the daily distribution to widows; Tabitha’s concern for the poor

The collection for believers in Judea:

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Strengthening one another in fellowship together

Bearing with the weak

Galatians 6:1–2 NASB95
Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
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Strengthening the weak

Isaiah 35:3–4 NASB95
Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you.”
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Encouraging one another

Hebrews 10:24–25 NASB95
and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
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Putting the needs of others first

Romans 15:2 NASB95
Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.
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True fellowship means living in harmony

1 Peter 3:8 NASB95
To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;
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Showing equal concern for all

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Examples of fellowship

Moses and Hobab; David and Jonathan; Jehu and Jehonadab

Failure to exhibit true fellowship

Troublemakers in David’s army are unwilling to share the spoils; factions within the church at Corinth; Selfishness at love feasts humiliates the poor.
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