Brian and I enjoyed another great service today. It was taken from 1 Peter 5:1-4, speaking on the role and responsibilities of elders. The following questions closed out the service:
- Who is watching over – shepherding – your soul?
- Who have you given the authority to lead your soul?
Heavy, but timely, questions.
Afterwards, we headed to a cookout with friends we hadn’t seen in a few months. It was refreshing, to say the least. As we drove home I thought of how our fellowship, encouragement, and commonality in faith is the very essence of koinonia.
When I think of “koinonia”, I immediately recall a Bible study Brian and I were privileged to be a part of over 16 years ago while at Temple Baptist. The Helms, Fradys, Crons, Bagwells, and other wonderful families came together once a week to study “Experiencing God” by Henry Blackaby. The study itself was life-changing as new believers, but what stands out in my mind is the night Steve Cron taught on koinonia – a word I had never heard – a Greek word primarily speaking of fellowship, sharing in common, and communion of believers.
We certainly experienced koinonia during that particular study, and many times since. Today was one of those days. It was a time of sweet refreshment and renewal to that which we believe.
Thank You, Lord!