Dear Friend of Vision
“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.” (Ac.2:42, 44-47)
I have often wondered what exactly Jesus taught his disciples, beyond what is recorded in the gospels. Whatever it was, it created a true fellowship, a band of brothers, that made them willing to give up all for the cause. I am certain there were some formal times of instruction, but mostly it was “as we do life together” discussions, over a meal, being fully engaged in dialog that was life transforming.
It is often in the times of doing life together that real koinonia is developed…true partnership is formed. Like times when you are on a retreat together, or camping, or traveling…and you see and are seen more for who you really are under stress, without our religious trappings. It is in the heat of life that relationships are formed…and we need to be vulnerable enough with each other to live life…with fellowship, around the word, over meals, as we work and play, knowing that our hearts will be transformed into a thankful band of brothers and sisters for the glory of God.