A Celebration of Community
Because of the preaching of the Gospel
(Good News), we became reconciled
to the Father through the shed blood of Jesus Christ (atonement),
so that we may have fellowship with the Father and the Son and with one
another in love.
Col. 1: 13-14; 19-23: For he has rescued
us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the
Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins... For
God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him
to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in
heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you
were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your
evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body
through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free
from accusation-- if you continue in your faith, established and firm,
not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that
you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven,
and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
1 John 1:1-3: That which was from the
beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which
we have looked at and our hands have touched--this we proclaim concerning
the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it,
and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and
has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so
that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the
Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
With the Lordship of Christ as
Head and in the Holy Spirit,...
2 Cor. 13:14: May the grace of the Lord Jesus
Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship (koinonia) of the
Holy Spirit be with you all.
Eph 1:7-10;13: In him we have redemption
through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches
of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure,
which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times
will have reached their fulfillment--to bring all things in heaven and
on earth together under one head, even Christ....And you also were included
in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.
Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy
we are united
together as fellow citizens....
Eph. 2:17-19: He came and preached peace
to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through
him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you
are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people
and members of God's household
...into one Body, one faith, and one baptism.
Eph. 4:4-6:...one body and one Spirit-- just
as you were called to one hope when you were called--one Lord, one faith,
one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all
and in all.
As such, we celebrate with one another
remembrance of Him,...
Luke 22:19: And he took bread, gave thanks
and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you;
do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after the supper he took
the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured
out for you...
1 Cor. 10: 15-17: I speak to sensible
people; judge for yourselves what I say. Is not the cup of thanksgiving
for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is
not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because
there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of
the one loaf.
the Lord (trinity) in Spirit
and in truth,...
John 4:23-24: Yet a time is coming and
has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit
and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is
spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
...and we share
all things with one another so that
we may become partners in the Gospel.
Phil 2:1-2: If you have any encouragement
from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship
with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy
complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit
Phil. 1:4-6: In all my prayers for all
of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel
from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began
a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ
2 Corinth 8:3-9: For I testify that they
gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely
on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing
in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but
they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's
will. So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to
bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But just
as you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete
earnestness and in your love for us --see that you also excel in this grace
of giving. I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity
of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For
you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet
for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become
Praise be to God that we are privileged
to share also in His sufferings
so that we may comfort one another...
2 Cor. 1:3-5: Praise be to the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any
trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just
as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ
our comfort overflows.
...with the hope of His resurrection both
now and in the Age to Come.
Romans 8:10-11: But if Christ is in you,
your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you,
he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies
through his Spirit, who lives in you.
Phil 3:7-12: But whatever was to my profit
I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything
a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my
Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that
I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my
own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the
righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ
and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his
sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain
to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all
this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of
that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
1 Cor. 15:51-58: Listen, I tell you a
mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--in a flash,
in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound,
the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For
the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal
with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable,
and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come
true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your
victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and
the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.
Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,
because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
This is Koinonia!
This was written for the Lord Jesus Christ, in worship
to Him, Sept. 23, 2000, by Teri Lee Earl
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