HOLDEN LUTHERAN PARISH


Fellowship

Mt. Morris & Wild ROse, Wisconsin

Holden Lutheran Parish promotes fellowship among its members and other Christian believers. The parish churches believe that church attendance is foremost in fellowship, but that there should be other groups of people with common interests in fun activities. That common interest in Christ would bring them together to share in these fun things.

The list of things to do is endless. What do you like to do? Do you suppose someone else may be interested in the same activity who attends these churches? That is how our fellowship groups get started – like interests. We currently have several groups and would gladly welcome more people to participate in those as well as start others. You say you don’t know how to get started. Ask the pastor and he will lead you to someone who can help you.

J. Hampton Keathley, III pointed out most aptly what fellowship is in an article he penned titled “Christian Fellowship”:

In the New Testament, what is shared in common is shared first of all because of a common relationship that we all have together in Christ. Koinwnia was an important word to both John and Paul, but it was never used in merely a secular sense. It always had a spiritual significance and base. The idea of an earthly fellowship founded upon just common interests, human nature, physical ties like in a family, or from church affiliation was really rather foreign to the apostles.

In the New Testament, believers can have fellowship and share together because they first of all have a relationship with Christ and share Him in common. The New English Bible translates John 1:3 as follows: “what we have seen and heard we declare to you, so that you and we together may share in a common life, that life which we share with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”

Fellowship is first the sharing together in a common life with other believers through relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Fellowship is first and foremost a relationship, rather than an activity. The principle is that any activity that follows, should come out of the relationship.

“Koinonia” is one of the words the New Testament uses for Christian fellowship.

We further believe the health and future of the church depends on the people who have a common relationship with Christ. The belief extends to having common interests in other things and keeping the Spirit of Christ active in all we do. Come join us and have fun doing things you enjoy with a Koinonia relationship.
GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR AND ENJOY CHRIST’S COMPANY