Concordia Theological Monthly

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Fellowship with God

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fellowship, koinonia, christian, communion, doctrine

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


By way of introduction let me say a few words about the reasons for submitting a paper on Koinonia. It is well known that the word "fellowship" has been very much in the foreground in recent years, especially in connection with the efforts of Lutheran bodies to establish church fellowship. We, too, have had committees at work discussing doctrinal differences with a view to bringing about Scriptural unity as a basis of church and altar fellowship. Some in our midst have looked upon these negotiations with doubts and apprehensions; others, however, feel that we have not even gone far enough in extending the hand of fellowship. In view of such divergent opinions, it was thought necessary to. restudy the term koinonia and inquire: What is the Scriptural content of that word? In what way should koinonia manifest itself? Are there any restrictions upon such manifestations?


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Luke 3:5-6; Ephesians 4:11-16; Acts 2:44; Jude e1:3; 1 Corinthians 10:18; Matthew 23:30; Hebrews 2:14; Acts 2:42; Galatians 2:9; Isaiah 59:2; Ephesians 2:14-16;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars