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.

 

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  1. 1
    Elizabeth says:

    Thank you Evageline for sharing such a beautiful word. This has really encouraged me.

  2. 2
    Karen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! This was precious to my heart this morning. God is so good at covering me and breathing His words into and onto and around me ❤️ Love you guys !

  3. 3
    Toni says:

    Beautiful!

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    SandyT says:

    Thanks sister! How beautiful…the beauty of The Body of Christ…our pastors recently reminded us: we is better than me❤️ What a joy-privilege-honor to make our faith journey together.

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    Julie says:

    Interesting…I decided to put my IPad down & open my bible on this quiet Sunday evening with no one at home at the moment. I opened to 1John and started reading the whole book. Taking it all in. Then I went to 2John and it reminded me when Beth Moore memorized it for one of the Siesta scripture memory celebrations. Then I read 3John. Verse 4 is one of my favorite to say for my adult sons. I stopped and opened my iPad to go to the Bible project.com but detoured to the living proof blog (which I haven’t gone to in a long time) and low and behold you talk about 1John! I love when God speaks to us.

  6. 6

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    How beautiful…the beauty of The Body of Christ
    I wish you a happy life.

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