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Reception & Fellowship


<lambano> Take

<dechomai> Receive

< koinonia> “participation” or “fellowship.” Participate ... with, beside, accompany

< sun> With




Types:  Personal, Initial, Moving residence or Assembly, Visiting, Restoration

Is there a difference? If so what is it

Personal Reception:                Romans 15:7

7 ¶  Wherefore receive <lambano> ye one another, as Christ also received <lambano> us to the glory of God.

Phm 1:10  0  I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

Phm 1:12  Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive <lambano> him, that is, mine own bowels:

Phm 1:15  For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive <apecho  - to have wholly or in full>him for ever;

Phm 1:16  Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?

Phm 1:17  If thou count me therefore a partner <sharer, associate, comrade, companion>, receive <lambano> him as myself.

Assembly Reception:

Initial Reception:                                Acts 2:41

41  Then they that gladly  <1> received <dechomai> his word were <2> baptized: and the same day there were <3> added unto them about three thousand souls.

42 ¶  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship <koinonia>, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44  And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

45  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

46  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

47  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Moving/Visiting Reception:    Colossians 4:10

10  Aristarchus my fellowprisoner <Captive With> saluteth you, and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received <lambano> commandments: if he come unto you, receive <dechomai> him;)

Moving/Visiting Reception:    Romans 16:1

1 ¶  I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

2  That ye receive <dechomai> her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

Restoration Reception:                      2 Corinthians 2:5

5 ¶  But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.

6  Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many.

7  So that contrariwise ye ought rather to <1> forgive him, and <2> comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

8  Wherefore I beseech you that ye would <3> confirm your love toward him.

9  For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.

10  To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;

11  Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Divide & Conquer, Imitate as an Angel of  light, Threaten as a Roaring lion

By Who?         Acts 15:4

4  And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received <dechomai> of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.


Teachers:                    Acts 18:27

27  And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive <dechomai> him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace:



Php 2:25  Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier< Soldier With>, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.

Could you: FIGHT!

Php 2:29  Receive <dechomai> him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:

1 Thessalonians 3:1

1 ¶  Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;

2  And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer <Work With> in the gospel of Christ, to <1> establish you, and to <2>comfort you concerning your faith:

Could you: Establish, Comfort, Pray, Plan, Perform, Preach, Plant, Pick

1 Corinthians 1:9

9  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship <koinonia> of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

10 ¶  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Acts 9:26

26  And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.


Basis of:

2 John 1:10

10 ¶  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive <lambano> him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

1 John 1:7

7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship <koinonia> one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Fellowship with one is mutually exclusive with the other:

1 Corinthians 10:21

21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers ‘to have with, or amoung`  of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.


Am 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?


1 Samuel 19:2

2  But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place , and hide thyself:

2 Samuel 1:26

26  I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.

Degrees of:

 Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship <koinonia> with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].

Isaiah 28:10

10  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

2 Tim 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

How is it lost !

Pr 23:23  Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Truth:  stable, dependable, eternal

Wisdom :  the capacity to understand and so have skill in living, implying adherence to a set standard


Ps 111:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Job 39:13 ¶  Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?

14  Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,

15  And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.

16  She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;

17  Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.

1 Sam 3:19 ¶  And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

2 Ch 31:20  And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.

21  And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.

2 Ch 31:20  This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.

Instruction: discipline (of the moral nature)

Understanding: insight, perception, discernment,

The ability to skillfully react to life situations, and to respond properly to the Lord

Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.


Galatians 5:9   A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance”

How is our freedom in Christ, and our storehouse of truth gained?

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