AudioEvangelism.com - With Whom Shall We Fellowship? (Part 1) With Whom Shall We Fellowship? (Part 1)
What's the first thing that comes to your mind when I say the word "fellowship"? A fellowship meal, perhaps? The Greek word koinonia ("fellowship") basically means "sharing or participation with". When we share a conversation, there is fellowship; when we share a meal, there is fellowship; when we share in Christ's sufferings, there is fellowship; when we share in the sins of others, there is fellowship. There are various kinds and various degrees of fellowship, and fellowship can be good or bad--it all depends upon what we are sharing in and with whom.

Since not all fellowship is good (cf. Eph. 5:11), we should reflect upon the question: "With whom shall we fellowship?" If we understand the Scriptural principles involved, we'll be able to properly apply God's truth when specific questions of fellowship arise. I will be focusing on general principles in this series of lessons; it is up to you to make the application to the specific circumstances you face.

That being said, let me state the fundamental principle of fellowship that this series is based upon: We, as human beings, do not draw lines of fellowship; we simply respect the lines God has already drawn. Let me say it again for emphasis: We, as human beings, do not draw lines of fellowship; we simply respect the lines God has already drawn.

There are three passages I'd like to introduce at this time to substantiate this principle:

We will have more to say on this theme in our next lesson.