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Koinonia!

Key Scripture:

1 Corinthians 1:9 (KJV)   God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

SUMMARY

Fellowship is something we all love to be a part of.  With the changing times, people are afraid even to know what Fellowship is. This sermon helps us understand the beauty of Fellowship, especially the one we have in Christ. It’s a deep truth and should bring a radical change that influences our personal and church life.

SERMON POINTS

King Jesus!

1 Corinthians 1:2 (KJV)  Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:

Apostle Paul pens his first letter to the church at Corinth. This was the worst time in history. Tyrants were ruling the world. Oppression and persecution were the lot of Christians all over the world.Paul was imprisoned by one such madman. History records his cruelty and the message that was spreading was that Caesar was the king of the world.

Apostle Paul writes something spectacular introducing Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the King of the universe. In the scripture portion we have chosen for our study, he talks about Jesus the Messiah, almost 8 times highlighting who was the real king who reigned. This is our hope too. The one, which we are called for.

Corinth was a city that was filled with all sorts of wickedness and its pleasures. Much like our surroundings today. To a church established in such a land, Apostle Paul writes to a group made holy by the Lord Jesus Christ. Holiness is the blessed change that comes into us when we accept the Lord Jesus Christ.

Fellowship

1 Corinthians 1:4,5 (KJV)   I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

This Church at Corinth was a beautiful fellowship that was started in the home of Aquila and Priscilla in Acts 18.

Paul makes a statement of thanksgiving for the grace that they have received in the Lord. When you see your fellow brother and sister in Christ you see not their differences but the grace of God that abounds in their life. A grace that makes us pure. It’s not just the abounding grace of God but in Christ we have been enriched with all spiritual gifts and with the knowledge of God s word.

Most importantly the Apostle highlights his thanks to God for the fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ for which He has called us. This is our great privilege. According to the Mosaic Law, we are outcasts. Yet by His grace and through His Son Jesus Christ we are called to be a part of the family of God.,

The Greek word for fellowship is ‘Koinonia’ which means shared in common. We now have whatever Christ has, through this fellowship.

 

Baptism and the Eucharist-Entry into the Fellowship.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We enter into a new creation through this fellowship with Christ. We, who were once from different cultures and traditions, following all that we thought was right and pleasing, now are brought together in Jesus and ruled by Him as our Head.

This new creation is there since the resurrection of our Lord. We are already a part of it. We become a new creation with our decision to enter into a fellowship with the death of Christ through baptism. Wherein you publicly disassociate with the world and identify yourself as a part of the family of God.

Now there’s no more division based on caste, creed or race. It’s a choice we make either to follow the Adamic old regime or the new one in Christ wherein you are not alone and you move forward in fellowship with others just like you.

Once we are baptised in Jesus, we become a new creation -old things have passed away all things have become new.

1 Corinthians 10:16,17 (KJV) The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

In Corinth, they would celebrate various festivals where foods offered to pagan deities were eaten as part of temple celebrations.

If there is one thing that unites everyone in fellowship it is food. Usually families gather around for a meal. Celebrations are never complete without one.

In the same way fellowship with Christ is brought together at the Lord’s Table. This is the common meal that unites us with the Lord Jesus. The table of Communion is no light thing.

We identify ourselves as one Body of Christ and one family of God by partaking in the Holy Communion. Here there is no Greek or Jew, rich or poor. Christ is in all and all are in Christ. What a beautiful Fellowship to have and hold in Christ Jesus

 

CONCLUSION.

The Jews have always believed that when the Messiah comes, He will bring about a new creation and a new exodus. They are still awaiting one. But Apostle Paul shares a revolutionary statement that this new creation and exodus has already happened through Jesus Christ. To have a Fellowship with Him, all we have to do now is believe and accept Jesus Christ as the Lord and King of our lives. Baptism and the Lord’s Table helps you take part in this blessed Fellowship. Let’s come and join the grand design of God’s plan and family.

The Importance of the Day of Pentecost.

Key Scripture:Acts 2:1-4 (KJV) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

SUMMARY

The day of Pentecost and the events that followed on the glorious day are lessons to our Christian faith. The day of Pentecost marked the birth of the Christian church by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit that was poured out on that day is present with us this moment, if only we surrender in obedience for God to work in us.

On one hand without the power of the Holy Spirit we cannot have a victorious Christian life enjoying the beautiful relationship with God and on the other hand when we have His Spirit we have the power to expels the evil spirits and commune with God. Therefore, let us not be ignorant of what the Holy Spirit has to offer but continue to grow in our spiritual life with His Holy Spirit.

SERMON POINTS

We are a ‘Triune being.’ We have the soul that gives us an understanding of ourselves, the body that responds and has a connection with the world and the spirit that can either commune with God or evil.

The Holy Spirit connects us to the body of Christ.

The Factors that led to the Birth of the Christian Church:

1)Prayer at Pentecost:

Acts 2:1 (KJV) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

They were all praying together in one accord when God poured out His Spirit. The presence of the Holy spirit cannot be felt without prayer. Prayer is the platform and prerequisite to experience the Holy Spirit. The question today is how is our prayer life? How many times a day do we commune with God? Are we wasting and increasing our time in gadgets or are we offering prayers and supplications to God, because the scripture says that when they were together in one accord God poured out His spirit and He will do the same when we prayer together, He will pour His Spirit to dwell in us.

Let us be purposeful in prayer and be devoted in bringing a change in the community through our prayers. The scriptures say that as they prayed all one hundred twenty men were filled by the power of the Holy Spirit and there was a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house; this is the power of prayer when men and women of prayer come together it changes the situations and the spiritual environment.

2) The Presence at Pentecost.

 Acts 2:2-4 (KJV)And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

On the day of Pentecost God was coming down to be present with man. It is relevant today that when we sit in the church meetings and gathering we feel His presence. Healings happen, strong holds are broken, miracles happen and it is all because God is present in our midst. Therefore, we should yearn and thirst for His presence. We need to seek His presence as the Psalmist says in Psalm 63: 1(KJV) O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

The beauty of His presence lies in the fact that the day we taste His presence it is incomparable to the riches of the world. We should let our flesh starve and let our spiritual man arise so that we will be raised and modeled to feel the presence of God. Let us all long for His presence to determine, develop and convey the work of His Holy Spirit through our lives.

3)Preaching at Pentecost.

 Acts 2:14 (KJV) But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

Apostle Peter stood up lifted his voice and preached. He referred to the prophesy in the Old Testament in the book of Joel; He preached about the crucified Christ and the scripture portion being fulfilled among them. When God pours out His Holy Spirit, it will enable us with His power to teach and preach the gospel. When a believer preaches, uplifts and glorifies Jesus we know that the Holy Spirit is at work but not otherwise. Therefore, let us be vigilant to discern the power of the evil against the power of Holy Spirit. The preaching at pentecost was characterised by a good spiritual scriptural exposition by Peter referring to Psalm 16,Psalm 110 and Joel 2. A good sermon never contradicts the scriptures but enables the listener to have a deep understanding of the Lord.

4) Purpose of Pentecost.

 Acts 2:5-11 (KJV) And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

We are the purpose of Pentecost. The bible tells us that the nations that were scattered by God in the tower of Babel were united on the day of Pentecost as the disciples were enabled by His Spirit to speak in different tongues. God has given us spiritual gifts so that it will helps us to evangelize and minister to the body of Christ. Let us be hungry, more willing and more open to the work of the Holy Spirit and align our desires to the things that God wants to give us in our life and surely, we will be purposeful to the work for the kingdom of God.

5) Power of Pentecost.

Acts 2:37 (KJV)  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

There was great power on the day of Pentecost and those who heard the message were pricked in their hearts, they repented and three thousand people were baptized that very day. This is the power of the Holy Spirit. When God pours out His Holy Spirit there will not only be witnesses, guidance and boldness in His power but also it will prick our heart to repentance. Therefore, as God pours out His spirit let us accept and continue in fellowship to convey the strong message of the power of the Holy Spirit to the world around!

6) Promise of Pentecost.

 Acts 2:39 (KJV)  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

The promise of this divine infilling of the Holy Spirit is not just for us but also for our children and as many as the Lord shall call. Today, as St. Peter directed the people to repent and baptize in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins we as fellow brothers in Christ have the same promise to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and lead people to salvation.

Therefore, as we direct a way to salvation to the people, God is faithful to keep His promise!

CONCLUSION

The day of Pentecost is a remarkable event, when the power of God was poured out, displayed and manifested upon one hundred twenty people and the Holy Spirit was further conveyed to a large people in many places. Today God is looking to pour out His Spirit in the same way when we pursue Him in prayer, seek His presence and preach the gospel with determination so that God can fulfill the purpose and promise that He has for us. However, it can only be achieved when we manifest everything with power of the Holy Spirit.