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Fellowship
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The social aspect of a shared dining experience. Although humans have a biological need for food and drink, people exercise choice in eating methods and dining partners. For ancient cultures with limited social entertainment, shared meals held a particularly important place in community life. While some points of contact exist between ancient and modern meals, there are also considerable differences.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Fellowship, Table
Table Fellowship The social aspect of a shared dining experience. Although humans have a biological need for food and drink, people exercise choice in eating methods and dining partners. For ancient cultures with limited social entertainment, shared meals held a particularly important place in community
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Fellowship
Fellowship. The essence of the Christian life—fellowship with God and fellowship with other believers in Christ.In the beginning, Adam was placed in the garden to enjoy friendship and communion with God. When the creature chose to assert his own autonomy rather than live under the Creator’s gracious
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Communion; Fellowship
Communion; Fellowship The association of believers in the experience of their common salvation, or in the various consequences, expressions, and benefits of salvation. Although the idea is most explicit in the NT, it is adumbrated in the OT where the people of God share a common calling and inheritance
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Fellowship
FELLOWSHIP Communion with God, which results in common participation with other believers in the Spirit of God and God’s blessings.In the beginning Adam was placed in the Garden to enjoy friendship and communion with God. When Adam and Eve chose to assert their own autonomy rather than live under the
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Fellowship
fellowship, communal association for the mutual benefit of those involved. In the nrsv, the word “fellowship” (Gk. koinōnia) is used only in the nt, as a mark of the early church (Acts 2:42; Gal. 2:9; 1 John 1:7) and as a description of the intimate relationship that believers have with God through Jesus
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Fellowship
FELLOWSHIP. Fellowship (Gr. koinōnia) means companionship or partnership and communion with others on the basis of something held in common. Christian fellowship can be considered under several headings.Participants. The Christian’s fellowship is first with God (1 Jn 1:6), with Christ (1 Cor 1:9),
Communion of Saints
COMMUNION OF SAINTS. Gr. koinōnia, translatable as “communion” or “fellowship,” designates a common sharing or participation in something. It (and its cognate forms) describes the fellowship of true believers with their Lord and with one another. The essential teachings regarding this truth may be set
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Communion
COMMUNION. In the NT the basic term, translated variously as ‘communion’, ‘fellowship’, ‘communicate’, ‘partake’, ‘contribution’, ‘common’ (in the sense of the Latin communis), stems from the Greek root koin-. There are two adjectives, koinōnos (found 10 times) and synkoinōnos (found 4 times), which
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Fellowship
FellowshipSomething that is shared, or/and those who share it (although either may be implicit rather than explicit in a particular passage). With regard particularly to Paul’s use of Gk. koinōnɩ́a (“that which is in common”) to refer to the Lord’s Supper or the relationship that believers have with
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Fellowship
Fellowship (Gk. koinōnía). The communion or common faith, experiences, and expressions shared by the family of believers, as well as the intimate relationship they have with God.Although the concept is developed most fully in the New Testament, it is inherent in the Israelite covenant. Grounded
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Fellowship
Fellowship, communion, sharingThe relationship of believers to one another in the common experience of salvation is chiefly presented in Paul by several Greek word groups (including koinōneō and its cognates, together with the verbs metechō and merizō), along with several words having the prefix
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Fellowship
FellowshipIn the later NT and other early Christian literature, fellowship is not described predominantly by the koinōnia (“fellowship”) group of words; rather it is approached mainly through descriptions of Christians giving and receiving mutual love or through commandments that they should involve
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Fellowship
FELLOWSHIP. Fellowship means companionship, a relation in which parties hold something in common, familiar interaction. Christians have fellowship with the Father and the Son (1 John 1:3) and the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14), and with one another (1 John 1:7). As is the case between men, no one can “know
Key passages
Ac 2:42

And they were devoting themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayers.

Ro 15:26

For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.

1 Co 1:9–10

God is faithful, by whom you were called to fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I exhort you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all say the same thing and there not be divisions among you, and that you be made complete in …

Ga 3:28

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Php 2:1–4

Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, complete my joy, so that you are in agreement, having the same love, united in spirit, having one purpose. Do nothing according …

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