Last weekend Michael & I took a roadtrip to visit our former pastor and his wife in Danville, IL (three hours southwest of us).
It was wonderful to worship with Pastor Nathan & Diane again. Their current assignment is Cedar Grove Church of the Nazarene. The main building is currently undergoing renovations so their Sunday services are being held in the fellowship hall.
No visit with friends is complete without trying some of the local fare.
A word about fellowship:
The word fellowship is derived from the Greek word koinonia. Koinonia can be defined as “holding something in common” and is specifically used 20 times in the New Testament (e.g. Phil. 2:1-2, Acts 2:42, 1 John 1:6-7). Koinonia describes the unity of the Spirit that comes from Christians’ shared beliefs, convictions, and behaviors. When those shared values are in place, genuine koinonia (biblical fellowship) occurs. This fellowship produces our mutual cooperation in God’s worship, God’s work, and God’s will being done in the world. Because of the importance of Christian fellowship, it is essential to distinguish biblical guidelines to govern our interactions with other professing believers. This is especially true in a world such as ours, where there exists tremendous diversity in the beliefs and behaviors among those who call themselves Christians. – “Understanding Biblical Christian Fellowship – Grace Theological Seminary”