READ PHILIPPIANS ONE
We ended our study last week by doing a word study on the word “Gospel.” Before we dive in today, take a look back at your notes on this word study.
What did this study reveal about the word εὐαγγέλιον?
How did this expand your understanding of “The Gospel”?
Today we’re going to be looking at the Greek word κοινωνίᾳ. After we study this word in a more isolated fashion, we’ll combine our newfound understanding of both words together, and work to understand them in the context of Paul’s letter to the Philippians.
Look up the following passages. Identify the English word used for κοινωνίᾳ, and how we can understand this word in each verse’s own context:
1 Corinthians 1:9
1 Corinthians 10:16
2 Corinthians 6:14
2 Corinthians 8:4
2 Corinthians 13:13
Summarize your understanding of κοινωνίᾳ from these verses?
Do you notice anything about all the references in terms of authorship?
Paul is the author of all of these books. Does that add to your understanding of the word κοινωνίᾳ?
The word κοινωνίᾳ that is translated in most English translations as “fellowship” has a much deeper meaning than I would have initially realized. The word carries the connotations of having a share or portion in something. It indicates participating in something with someone else. In essence, it means to partake of something with someone – whether suffering or joy or friendship or faith. Whatever is being shared between two or more people, for anyone to have κοινωνίᾳ in that shared thing means to take part in it (or, to partake). The word connotes ownership, investment, and a deep sense of mutuality between two people.
Tomorrow, we will put this together with our understanding of the word “Gospel” and unpack what it might mean to have κοινωνίᾳ specifically in the Gospel. Today, I want to encourage you to write out this Greek phrase (even if it is imperfect) as you spend time in prayer:
κοινωνίᾳ ὑμῶν εἰς τὸ εὐαγγέλιον
PRAY & REFLECT
Ask the Lord to develop in your heart a hunger for this kind of community. Ask Him to lead you into a community that you can experience true κοινωνίᾳ. If you have a community like this in your life, spend time thanking God for it; spend time praying for the people He has put in your community.