FELLOWSHIP

November 13th, 2013

Gal 2: 6-10 (NIV) 6   As for those who seemed to be important– whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance– those men added nothing to my message. 7   On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as Peter had been to the Jews. 8   For God, who was at work in the ministry of Peter as an apostle to the Jews, was also at work in my ministry as an apostle to the Gentiles. 9   James, Peter and John, those reputed to be pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews. 10   All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

Gal 2:9 (KJV)  And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

FELLOWSHIP– is what gave to Paul and Barnabas the much-needed encouragement to proceed with their proposed missionary venture of reaching the Gentiles and the Jews with the Gospel of our Lord.

(Gal 2:9 -10 NASB)  and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, Gave To Me And Barnabas The Right Hand Of Fellowship, That We Might Go To The Gentiles, and,  They To The Circumcised. – They only asked us to remember the poor– the very thing I also was eager to do..

(Gal 2:9 TLB)  they shook hands with Barnabas and me and encouraged us to keep right on with our preaching to the Gentiles while they continued their work with the Jews.

  •  FELLOWSHIP can have a very POSITIVE & POWERFUL EFFECT on the servant of God.
  • It Inspires them to go forth and to do those things for God which they know he has burdened them with.
  • FELLOWSHIP gives the sense of ENDORSEMENT of the vision to the servant of God.
  • The often much needed Encouragement and Support needed to step out and do God’s will.
  •  FELLOWSHIP gives the sense of SECURITY arising out of the knowledge that others care for you, and are interested in what you are doing for God.
  •  FELLOWSHIP gives the sense of IDENTIFICATION with the vision expressed and held by the servant of God
  • FELLOWSHIP – Gives a POWERFUL STIMULUS to the specific work of the ministry, when brethren endorse, bless, encourage some one by embracing their work of proclaiming the Gospel to the lost.

To give the right hand of fellowship

 DON’T LET US UNDERESTIMATE THE POWERFUL FORCE FOR GOOD AND FOR GOD THAT FELLOWSHIP CAN GIVE.

 2842  koinonia (koy-nohn-ee’-ah); – from 2844; PARTNERSHIP, i.e. (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary) benefaction:

KJV– (to) communicate (-ation), communion, (contri-) distribution, fellowship.

  • The other apostles were fully convinced of Paul’s DIVINE MISSION and AUTHORITY, and accordingly acknowledged him as their fellow-apostle.
  •  They were satisfied with his DOCTRINE and CONDUCT
  •  They also saw THE DIVINE POWER working with him, both in preaching the Gospel and in the working miracles for the confirmation of it.
  •  That the one (God) who worked effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision (Jews), THE SAME was mighty in Paul towards the Gentiles

Hence they RIGHTLY CONCLUDED that THE GOSPEL OF THE UNCIRCUMCISION had been committed to Paul, as the gospel of the circumcision was to Peter.

The other Apostles perceived that GRACE had been given to Paul and that he shared with them the SAME OFFICE of APOSTLE, so they gave unto him and Barnabas THE RIGHT HAND OF FELLOWSHIP

PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL

THEY WANTED TO SHARE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PAUL & BARNABAS IN THE PRESENTING OF THE GOSPEL TO THE GENTILES.

Paul refers to those who worked with him the ministry as PARTNERS

2 Cor 8:23 (NIV)  As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives of the churches and an honor to Christ.

Phile 1:10-19 (NIV) 10   I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. 11   Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me. 12   I am sending him– who is my very heart– back to you. 13   I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. 14   But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do will be spontaneous and not forced. 15   Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good. 16   no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord. 17   So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18   If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19   I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back– not to mention that you owe me your very self.

  • WE AS THE CHURCH HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITY TO PROPEL OTHERS INTO THE MINISTRY  OF PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL
  •  In sending them to the lost
  • In sending them to the nations.

What is our general attitude towards those who show evidence of God’s grace upon them in their going to the gentiles, to the lost, to the nations?

  • THIS IS TIME TO REFLECT UPON WHAT WE CAN DO IN THIS REGARD!
  • THEY REQUIRED ONLY ONE THING FROM PAUL AND BARNABAS –TO CONTINUE TO REMEMBER THE POOR.

Gal 2:10 (NIV)  All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

As a Disciple of Christ and because of Paul’s influence with the Gentile churches he was to encourage those churches to provide for the physical and material needs of Christian brethren in Judea.

Rom 15:27 (NIV)  They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.

  • The poor have always been a concern of God’s heart
  • God instructed his people to take care of the poor.
  • To make certain that they receive justice in their cause.
  • Sharing the Gospel with the lost should lead eventually to responsibility for the Poor.
  • To share what we have with those who are need.

REMEMBER THE POOR

Exod 23:11 (NIV)  but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what they leave. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.

Deut 15:11 (KJV)  For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

Ps 41:1 (KJV)  Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.

Prov 14:21(KJV)  He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

Prov 14:31 (KJV)  He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

Prov 13:23 (KJV)  Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

Prov 14:21 (KJV)  He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

Prov 14:31 (KJV)  He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

Prov 14:31 (KJV)  He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

Prov 17:5 (NIV)  He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

Prov 19:17 (KJV)  He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Prov 21:13 (KJV)  Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

Prov 22:9 (KJV)  He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

Prov 22:22-23 (NIV)  Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, 23  for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.

Prov 28:27 (KJV)  He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

Prov 29:7 (KJV)  The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

Prov 29:14 (KJV)  The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

Prov 31:9 (KJV)  Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Prov 31:20 (KJV)  She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

LET US FELLOWSHIP MORE OFTEN

(Heb 10:25 NIV)  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

RIGHT HAND O. T.

yamin ^3225^, “right hand.” – Yamin may be used in a figurative sense.

This figure is used of God’s effecting His will among men and of His working in their behalf (showing His favor):

Ps 77:10-12 (NIV)  Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years of the right hand of the Most High.” 11  I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. 12  I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.

God’s taking one’s “right hand” means that He strengthens him:“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not: I will help thee”  –

Isa 41:13 (NIV)  For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Exod 15:6 (NIV)  “Your right hand, O LORD, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O LORD, shattered the enemy.

The Bible teaches that God is a spirit and has no body or bodily parts (cf. <Exod. 20:4; Deut. 4:15-19>).

RIGHT HAND N. T.

dexios ^1188^, an adjective, usedof “the right” as opposite to the left, e. g., – of giving the “right hand” of fellowship, <Gal. 2:9 – betokening the public expression of approval by leaders at Jerusalem of the course pursued by Paul and Barnabas among the Gentiles; – the act was often the sign of a pledge, e. g., <2 Kings 10:15; 1 Chr. 29:24>, marg.; <Ezra 10:19; Ezek. 17:18>; figuratively, <Lam. 5:6>; it is often so used in the papyri;

metaphorically of “power” or “authority,”

Acts 2:33 (NIV)  Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.

Matt 26:64 (KJV)  Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Mark 14:62 (KJV)  And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Heb 1:13 (NIV)  To which of the angels did God ever say, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?

similarly of “a place of honor in the messianic kingdom,” <Matt. 20:21;Mark 10:37 .

Matt 26:64 (KJV)  Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Matt 20:21(NIV)  “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

FELLOWSHIP

Rom 1:12  (NIV)  that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.

2 Cor 7:5-7 (NIV) 5   For when we came into Macedonia, this body of ours had no rest, but we were

 2 Cor 7:13 (NIV)  By all this we are encouraged. In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you.

 1 Cor 16:15-18 (NIV) 15   You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. I urge you, brothers, 16   to submit to such as these and to everyone who joins in the work, and labors at it. 17   I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because theyhave supplied what was lacking from you. 18   For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserverecognition.

Phil 2:25-26 25 (KJV) Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. 26 (NIV)  so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.

2 Tim 1:18  (KJV)  The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that dayand in how many things he ministered (Onesiphorus) unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well. –

2 Cor 8:4-5 (KJV) 4   Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5   And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.

Phil 1:5 (KJV)  For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

Phil 1:5 (NIV)  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,

Isa 41:7  So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved. (KJV) (Sodering = soldering)

Isa 41:7  The craftsman encourages the goldsmith, and he who smooths with the hammer spurs on him who strikes the anvil. He says of the welding, “It is good.” He nails down the idol so it will not topple.  (NIV)

ONE ENCOURAGES THE OTHER PERSON WHO WORKS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HIM.

  • This encouragement has to do with the work performed.
  • One person who does work which is in preparation for another to carry through to further the finishing process.

 

The lesson: – That the work done should be our best. It should be of the highest quality possible so that those who follow in the completion process are “encouraged” in their part by the quality of the work previously completed.

  • There is nothing more frustrating to have to clean up a job that has obviously be poorly done because of neglect.

WHAT WE CAN DO IS EITHER ENCOURAGE OR DISCOURAGE OTHERS WHO FOLLOW US.

  •  Judg 20:22  And the people the men of Israel encouraged themselves, and set their battle again in array in the place where they put themselves in array the first day(KJV)
  • Judg 20:22  But the men of Israel encouraged one another and again took up their positions where they had stationed themselves the first day. (NIV)

EACH ENCOURAGES THE OTHER – TO GO OUT TO WAR – BY WORDS!

  •  Neh 2:18  Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work. (KJV)

ENCOURAGED & STRENGTHENED BY THE VISION & BACKGROUND OF THE PURPOSE THAT THEY WERE THERE.

  •  Job 4:3  Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. (KJV)
  • Job 4:4  Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. (KJV)

WORDS STRENGTHEN AND ENCOURAGE!

THEY STRENGTHEN THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN WEAKENED & DISCOURAGED THROUGH VARIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES AND EVENTS.

  • Mal 3:16  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. (KJV)
  • Mal 3:16  Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name. (NIV)

TALKING WITH EACH OTHER – STRENGTHENING ONE ANOTHER.

  • In the context of such criticism of God – those that feared the Lord spoke to each other – words of encouragement and direction. AND GOD HEARD THEM
  • Mal 3:13-18 13  “Your attitude toward me has been proud and arrogant,” says the Lord. “But you say, ‘What do you mean? What have we said that we shouldn’t?’14  “Listen; you have said, ‘It is foolish to worship God and obey him. What good does it do to obey his laws, and to sorrow and mourn for our sins? From now on, as far as we’re concerned, “Blessed are the arrogant.” For those who do evil shall prosper, and those who dare God to punish them shall get off scot-free.  16  Then those who feared and loved the Lord spoke often of him to each other. And he had a Book of Remembrance drawn up in which he recorded the names of those who feared him and loved to think about him. 17  “They shall be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in that day when I make up my jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares an obedient and dutiful son. 18  Then you will see the difference between God’s treatment of good men and bad, between those who serve him and those who don’t. (TLB)
  • Heb 10:25  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another– and all the more as you see the Day approaching.(NIV)

ADVICE FOR EACH OF US  – TO ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER.

Pastor Barry Silverback

 

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