Dear Friends of Vision;
One of the messages I have preaching lately has been on the need for true fellowship (Koinonia) . Sadly, for many believers, our fellowship consists of saying hello or perhaps giving a high five to people we see at Sunday service, one row ahead, one behind and a few on the sides. As leaders we know that this is not nearly sufficient, and many pastors I have talked with feel a bit guilty and perplexed in terms of how this “big four” (Apostles Doctrine, Prayer, Fellowship and Breaking of Bread) foundational activity can be increased. Further, with the trend towards more streamlined services to meet the needs of the Millennials and GenXers (get in, sing three songs, jazzy announcements, quick offering, sermonette and gone, hour and fifteen max). When do we have time for real fellowship, let alone a weekly celebration of the Eucharist, which is the centerpiece of all true worship. Well, from my semi humble perspective, the key is in repentance…not weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, but changing our thinking, and returning to a more New Testament view of worship. For true fellowship, Koinonia, is desperately needed and the antidote for the social anomie of our day.
In light of my concerns, I was delighted to see the article (to follow) by our graduate and partner in ministry, Dr. Stan Newton. His article, based upon his excellent book Kingdom Communion is relevant to my concerns, and addresses in great detail one of the ways we can return to New Testament patterns, and may I suggest New Testament power. I hope you enjoy the article, and even better, invest in his book, and also enjoy the rest of our Network News…blessings.