“Thanks for reading this, I am thrilled to introduce you to the God I know,” says the apostle John (basically) as he opens his letter to believers in 1 John. The duo, Love & The Outcome, seems equally as thrilled to introduce us to God through the lyrics of their song, “The God I Know.” As we continue to read 1 John, however, we are drawn into a deeper understanding of where this “knowing” might lead.
It’s pretty exciting. We get introduced to a pretty powerful word. Ready to jump in?
On this episode I discuss:
- Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – our Bible Interaction Tool Exercises this week are:
- Pray before diving into God’s Word
- Complete a word study
- Praying using the acronym P.R.A.Y.
- John testifies to the God he knows in 1 John – 1 John 1:1-3
- One word is repeated four times in 1 John 1 – fellowship – koinónia
- Word study for koinónia in BibleHub.com
- spiritual partnership
- join participation
- contributory help or assistance
- sharing in communion
- intimacy in relationship
- a bond for a united purpose
- Considering the opposite of fellowship/koinónia
- going it alone
- surface relationships
- two agendas
- Three (of the 19) references that use koinónia
- Acts 2:42
- Romans 15:26
- 1 Corinthians 1:9
- We see in Corinthians that we are “called by God” to have fellowship with Him and John further clarifies what this looks like – 1 John 1:5-7
- If you are struggling to have koinónia with other believers consider 1 John 1:8-10
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This Week’s Challenge
Read all of 1 John, then focus in on chapter one. Try looking at the word study for koinónia in BibleHub.com. Track down some more of the references to deepen your understanding of this Greek word. Don’t forget to pray each time you pick up God’s Word. Consider referencing the acronym P.R.A.Y. to ask God for power, revelation, application and a yielded spirit.