by Joe Alain

What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine
Joe Alain
Book of Philippians

Outline: Fellowship is demonstrated in four areas.
1. Serving together to Advance the Gospel (1:5)
2. Submitting to the Spirit of God Leading to Unity (2:1)
3. Showing Sympathy in Suffering (3:10; 4:14)
4. Sacrificial Giving (4:15)


J. Vernon McGee relates the following experience: ''Years ago I was invited down to Huntington Beach about once a year to give a message at a Rotary Club luncheon. A Christian doctor was chairman of the program committee down there, and he would invite me to come at Christmastime and Eastertime and give them the gospel - both barrels, which is what I always tried to do. Over the speaker's table they had a slogan: 'Food, Fun, Fellowship.' Those three things belonged to the early church, and I didn't feel that the Rotary Club should have bragged about having any one of the three. For food there would be embalmed chicken with peas as hard as bullets. For fun they had corny jokes. The fellowship consisted of patting someone on the back and saying, 'Hello, Bill. How's business?'''

The book of Philippians shows believers what true biblical fellowship looks like and the difference that it can make in our lives. The Philippian church was a good church, a healthy church, a joyful church. And one of the reasons was because they had a strong sense of fellowship. Biblical fellowship builds up a church, makes a church effective and thereby joyful. I want you to see the value of making some life-style changes in order to be a part of making biblical fellowship the norm in your life so that not only will the church be more effective and joyful, you as a believer will be more effective and joyful in life and in your relationships.

Fellowship Defined: The biblical word ''koinonia'' is sometimes translated as ''partnership,'' ''participation,'' ''communion,'' or ''fellowship,'' and means to share something in common. Fellowship is ''a deep partnership o ...

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