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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Koinonia



I recently learned a Greek word, Koinonia.  Because the word has a multitude of meanings, no single English word is adequate to express its depth and richness. It is a derivative of "koinos," the word for "common." Koinonia is a complex, rich, and thoroughly fascinating Greek approach to building community or teamwork. It identifies the idealized state of fellowship and unity that should exist within the Christian church, the Body of Christ. There is a special New Testament application of the word koinonia that describes the Communion that exists at the celebration of the Lord's Supper. I think that it is such a lovely word for those of us in the family of Christ, like Sisters.

It appears 19 times in most editions of the Greek New Testament.
Acts 2:42
Philippians 2:1-2
First John 1:6-7
Romans 12:10
Romans 12:10
Romans 12:16
1 Peter 3:8)
Romans 15:7
Galatians 5:13
Ephesians 4:32
Colossians 3:16
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Hebrews 3:13
Hebrews 10:24
1 Peter 4:9
1 Peter 1:22
1 John 3:11; 3:23; 4:7 ; 4:11-12

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