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::Devotional:: ‘Koinonia – It’s Greek But Not Foreign’

November 17, 2010

This morning I am reminded of why I love the church – because it contains some of the most compassionate people in the world.  I returned to a favorite passage of mine this morning, Acts 2, to read about the church in it’s purest form immediately following the day of Pentecost.  Man what a church that was!

My favorite section of Acts 2 is the final section which describes the activities of the church and what they were all about.  The early church wasn’t about programs it was about people.  It wasn’t a Christian country club it was a Christian rescue mission.  It was simple.  It was pure.  It was effective.

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.  Acts 2:42-47

The early church was about teaching, communion, prayer, and koinonia.  Koinonia?  Yes, koinonia – it means a joint participation and sharing in something.  It is the same word used in 1 John 3 when he describes the fellowship we have with God the father and God the son.

Sometimes we forget about the simple things.  Koinonia is not some deep theological concept that is foreign to us this side of Heaven.  It is something that we should encounter and initiate on a daily basis.  My wife and I experienced a very simple gesture of koinonia last night when a friend of ours made and brought dinner to our house because they knew my wife was sick.  That is what I’m talking about – simple gestures of compassion and selflessness.  That was one of the contributing elements to the purity and success of the early church.  We would do well to get back to that.  Koinonia – it’s Greek but not foreign.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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  1. November 17, 2010 10:41 pm

    amen brother!! Let us not lose our koinonia! The easiest way to show someone the Love of Christ is to act it out and koinonia is a pretty straightforward way to do just that.

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