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   We all need fellowship w/ one another, but for us to have true  fellowship it must include t Lord Jesus Christ. For us to not to have  Christian fellowship can hinder our spiritual growth.  Believers are called to inspire, encourage, build up one another, & meet t needs in  each others lives. I'm not necessarily talking about meeting t needs of someone financial. We can do that if t Lord directs us to do that, but what I am saying is that we need to be a blessing to one another. Everyone has a need for fellowship, if we don't find it in t church we're going to find it somewhere else.

   I. Now what is fellowship?

       A. 1JOHN 1:3,7

            1. T word "fellowship" is t Greek word "koinonia" which means partnership, i.e.  (literally) participation, or (social) relationship, or benefaction:(to) communicate(‑ation), communion, share in  common, (contri‑)distribution, fellowship.

                a. AMO 3:3

                b. To be in fellowship there has to be something in  common, & that thing has to be t Lord Jesus Christ.

                c. 2CO 6:14‑18

                     i. There isn't any fellowship for a Christian w/ a non Christian.

                     ii. EPH 5:11‑16

                          a. I thing that this V is telling us not to even be associated w/ things that are not godly.

                          b. (1TH 5:22) says, Abstain from all appearance of evil. (KJV)

                     iii. T thing that we share in common is t Lord  Jesus Christ.

            2. In t book of Acts chapter 2 it talks about continuing in doctrine & in prayer, but it doesn't stop there.

                a. Look w/ me to ACTS 2:42

                b. They continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine, in breaking of bread, in prayers, & fellowship.

                     i. They continued steadfastly in fellowship.

                     ii. T word "steadfastly" means "be constantly  diligent."

                     iii. They were constantly diligent in there fellowship.

       B. We are to be fellowshiping w/ one another.

            1. But what are we to fellowship about?

                a. There's nothing wrong w/ talking about t different  things that went on during t day.

                     i. That's all good.  We need to listen to people.

                     ii. Don't always try to get control of t conversation.

                     iii. If you're in a conversation w/ someone do you ever feel that you can't wait until they stop so you can say something?

                     Iv. If you do that then you need to concentrate on  listening & not trying to say what you want everyone to here.

            2. One thing that we lack doing in t body of Christ is talking about t Lord & t things that His done for us.

   II. Before we can fellowship w/ other Christians we must have fellowship w/ God.

       A. 1CO 1:9

            1. That's t KJV, t NIV makes it a little clearer.

                a. (1CO 1:9) God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.  (NIV)

                b. What I wanted you to see in this V is that God has called you to fellowship w/ His Son.

       B. Now there are some requirements to have fellowship w/ t Father.

            1. JOHN 15:7‑10

                a. It's essential to walk in obedience w/ His word.

                b. Go back w/ me to 1JO 1:7.

                     i. Before we can have true fellowship w/ one  another, we 1st must have fellowship w/ t Father, but before we can do  that we must be walking in t light that we have.

            2. To some new Christians all t light they have is to put their faith in Jesus for salvation.

                a. To others it's much more.

   III. 1COR 12:12‑27

       A. We all are t body of t Christ, or you could say 1 family.

            1. We need each other.

            2. We need to fellowship w/ each other.

       B. Geese always fly together & when they do they fly in a V  formation, by flying in this formation they help lift & propel t weaker to fly faster w/ less effort.

            1. We need to stay together in such a way that we'll be able to lift & propel t week or feeble.

   IV. Now there are some things that happen to even sinners when we're  in fellowship w/ t Lord & w/ one another.

       1. 1st people will know that we are disciples t

their faith in Jesus for salvation.

                a. To others it's much more.

   III. 1COR 12:12‑27

       A. We all are t body of t Christ, or you could say 1 family.

            1. We need each other.

            2. We need to fellowship w/ each other.

       B. Geese always fly together & when they do they fly in a V  formation, by flying in this formation they help lith and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

            2. We'

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