Concordia Theological Monthly

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fellowship, ecclesiastical, christian church, prayer, lutherans, dogmatical, triune

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


This article will suggest three basic principles for a discussion of the term χοινωνία as employed in the New Testament. In view of the significance of this term in the present movement toward Lutheran Union and even World Ecumenicity, the Faculty of Concordia Seminary at St. Louis, Mo., devoted several hours to a discussion of the term on the basis of guidelines prepared by a committee. The material offered in this article is to a very large extent the author's attempt to recapture the salient points of the faculty's discussion. The article will discuss, first, the constancy of Biblical terminology and the relativity of ecclesiastical terminology; second, the nature of χοινωνία as presented in the New Testament; and third, the manifestation of the New Testament fellowship in accord with ἀγάπη.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Hebrews 12:23; Galatians 2:9; 1 Corinthians 1:9; Philippians 3:10; Ephesians 2:14 ff;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars