We often pray before church get-togethers or group gatherings that God would bless our time of fellowship. But I think that often we use the word “fellowship” when it’s anything but. Fellowship often involves casual conversation over coffee, not deep or meaningful spiritual conversations.
The Greek word koinōnia is where we get our English word “fellowship.” It comes from a root word that means “partnership”, and suggests a close relationship among believers–an extension of the love that exists between God and His people.
1 Corinthians 14:26 says, “What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.”
True Christ-centered fellowship involves mutual edification, sharing things that have drawn us closer to Christ, encouraging each other, praying for each other, sharing our needs and our struggles and asking for accountability. It involves building each other up and pointing each other towards Christ.