Archive for April, 2019

Staff Features: Koinonia

Hi, I am Evangeline Williams, and I am on staff with Living Proof Ministries. It’s my honor to share a word the Lord placed on my heart.

Do you have a word that is sacred to you in this season?

I do.

That word is “koinonia,” which means fellowship or to have things in likeness.

One truth to this fellowship is we cannot have fellowship with one another if we do not have fellowship with God.

The Bible tells us, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—  the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we also proclaim to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” – 1 John 1:1-4 (ESV)

So, how we have fellowship with God is only through Jesus Christ. He put on our humanity that we may take on His deity. This fellowship is to be enjoyed in Christ; therefore, our joy is made complete.

Psalm 16:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

I have experienced many beautiful moments of koinonia. One of the ways I have experienced this fellowship is with the Word of God:

Philippians 2:1-2 declares, “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 and purpose.”

Koinonia is agreeing with one another, being united in purpose, and serving alongside each other. Our koinonia with each other is based on our common koinonia with Jesus Christ. I most certainly have experienced it during our Prayer Hour at Living Proof Ministries, during the time that our staff joins together before praying at noon with ladies that have come to receive prayer. When each person shares their Scripture, it blesses my heart to be aware of the reality of being in agreement with each other at this moment. Our koinonia with each other is being shared often with those who come for prayer. Jesus is brilliant.

Another way I have experienced this fellowship is communion with God. When coming to the Lord’s table of communion, we are sharing the Lord’s body through the breaking of bread and drinking the wine. Because Jesus died, was buried, raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. He now forever lives to make intercession for us, Hallelujah!!!

My husband and I get to share the moment of giving communion every first Sunday.  Often, I have experienced koinonia as I hand out the elements to those partaking in communion. I am very intentional in that moment; my eyes lock with their eyes as I say, “this is the Body that was broken for you sister (or brother).” You see, to me, these very words are the conviction of my heart coming alive as I hand out the bread. I am so aware of my brokenness and so grateful to the one and only Jesus Christ that loved us so much He said yes to God so He could fellowship with us.

I pray the Lord will lead you all to experiences of being in fellowship with one another. You will realize the beauty of what this fellowship brings.



LPL Roanoke, VA Scholarships!

While Living Proof Live has been to Virginia a handful of times before, we are so excited to serve for the first time this weekend in Roanoke, VA! Come join us this coming Friday night and Saturday for Living Proof Live!

We’re expecting the Berglund Center to be fully prepared with the presence and power of God, and am thrilled about the area of Scripture God has set aside for us for this event. We’ve also got some pretty fun additions to the weekend but you’ll have to come to find out what they are. We would so love to have you join us!

If you’ve never been to an LPL before, or you can’t quite swing the cost of a ticket, give Kimberly Meyer a call at toll-free: 1-888-700-1999. Or for tickets, visit registration on the LifeWay website – and we will see you there!

It is our great honor to serve you. We don’t take a single one of you for granted.