The Scriptures emphasize the importance of fellowship in the Bible. In Greek, the word “fellowship” can be translated as “κοινωνία”- koinonia. This term is often used to convey the idea of partnership, sharing, or communion. The fellowship of believers has many benefits such as encouragement, strengthening of faith and support to name a few. This article will outline Bible Scriptures on fellowship with God and other followers of Christ. I pray you feel encouraged to seek out a fellowship with other believers.
What is fellowship?
“Fellowship” is defined as friendly association or companionship between people or groups of people who share common interests, goals, or experiences. It describe a sense of community, mutual support, and camaraderie. In Christianity, fellowship often carries a deeper meaning. It signifies a shared spiritual bond among believers, involving mutual support, encouragement, and a sense of unity in faith. We get stronger in our faith when we spend time with others who share the common goal of living for Christ Jesus.
Fellowship with God
Fellowship or communion with God refers to a deep and intimate connection with the Most High God. Ways that we have fellowship with God is through prayer, praise, worship and studying His Word. As we abide in God’s love and presence we experience fellowship with Him. Our relationship with God the Father deepens as we come to know Him through His character and promises. Fellowship with our Heavenly Father is an opporturnity to express our love and gratitude toward God through worship. Additionally, fellowship with God also lends to spiritual growth and maturity. It is in God’s presence that we seek and find guidance and direction. Fellowship with God also helps us gain strength in adversity and deeper faith in Him and His promises. Time with the Lord also transforms us, fills our hearts with joy and peace. It also shifts our perspective from temporal to eternal.
John 15:4-5 – Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Bible Scriptures on Fellowship with God
1 John 1:3 – that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
Psalm 145:18 – The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
James 4:8 – Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
2 Corinthians 13:14 – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Hebrews 10:22 – Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Psalm 73:28 – But for me, it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.
John 14:23 – Jesus answered him, ‘If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.’
Philippians 2:1-2 – So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
Psalm 16:11 – You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Jeremiah 29:13 – You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
John 15:4 – Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
Psalm 27:8 – You have said, ‘Seek my face.’ My heart says to you, ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek.’
Philippians 3:10 – that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
James 2:23 – and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness’—and he was called a friend of God.
Psalm 145:19 – He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.
1 Corinthians 1:9 – God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Colossians 3:1-2 – If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Jeremiah 33:3 – Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
Psalm 63:1-2 – O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Fellowship with Believers
If you have come to Christ in faith then you are apart of God’s family. When we fellowship with the church family we come together in shared faith. The purpose of fellowship with other believers is beneficial and significant in the life of a Christian. Some of the beneifts of fellowship with believers is providing and receiving support and encouragement in their faith walk. There is accountability in living out our lives for Christ- walking in the light can be challenging. Meeting with other believers strengthens our faith and helps us grow spiritually.
One of my favorite times with other believers is during Bible study discussion. I have the privilege of hearing others share what God showed them during their study. This encourages my faith and growth. Believers come together to serve the church and others, reaching out to the community. When we are together with other believers it is an opportunity to express worship. And we get to express gratitude to God for who He is and all He does. Prayer is powerful when a community of believers comes together united in prayer. We are all members of His body. Each member of the body plays a vital role in the overall health and functioning of the community of believers.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Bible Scriptures on Fellowship with Believers
The following Bible verses on fellowship with believers will encourage your heart!
1 Corinthians 12:12-13 – For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
Psalm 55:14 – We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng.
Psalm 119:63 – I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts.
John 13:34 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Acts 1:14 – All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
Acts 2:42 – And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Romans 1:12 – that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.
Galatians 6:2 – Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Proverbs 27:17 – Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Ephesians 5:19 – Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.
1 Peter 3:8-9 – Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
Romans 14:19 – So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
Hebrews 3:13 – But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
2 Corinthians 13:11 – Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
John 13:35 – By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
1 Corinthians 10:17 – Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
Colossians 2:2-3 – that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Proverbs 27:9 – Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.
1 Thessalonians 3:12 – and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you.
1 Peter 1:22 – Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart.
1 Thessalonians 5:15 – See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
James 5:16 – Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Final Thoughts on Bible Scriptures on Fellowship
We are all children of God and part of the family of God. The Bible Scriptures on fellowship in this article emphasize the importance of biblical fellowship. The Word of God guides us on the vital role deep connections with others has on our lives. Your faith journey is not meant to be done alone. Find another believing friend with you can have genuine fellowship with – an authentic connection in your spiritual journey. What do you think? How have these Scriptures spoken to your heart? Ask God to help you find a dear friend within the body of believers!