Summary: I. We Are Made For Companionship II. The Joy of Fellowship: How Does It Show Itself?
We Are Made For Companionship
An American missionary was traveling across Korea by train. At a busy station an old man boarded and sat across from Him. The man was Korean and he addressed the American in his native tongue.
- The Missionary responded in the only Korean phrase that he knew which was "I DON’T UNDERSTAND".
- A few minutes later the Korean tried again, but the missionary could only say " I DON’T UNDERSTAND"
- The Korean then tried a third question, only this time the
- American recognized a familiar word YESU which means JESUS.
- The American pointed to himself and said YESU the Old man did the same thing with a smile of delight on His face.
- The Korean then unwrapped the bundle he was carrying . It was a large Korean a Bible
- He turned to a page and pointed to a place that he wanted the American to read. Remembering that oriental Bible are written from back to front . The clergy men took his own Bible and counted the number of books and chapters from the back to the place that the old man had pointed to .
- The old man had pointed to Mark 3:35 "Whoever does the will of God is my brother"
- The American searched for a suitable reply. He counted out and pointed to it in the Korean Bible. It was Psalm 133:1 "Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity"
- The Korean man read it and smiled in agreement and for the rest of the journey, these two men, ages apart in culture were brought together in a remarkable friendship as they pointed first to one verse and then to another.
- Their separate Bibles had a common language of the Spirit. the word of God is a universal appeal and it can direct you as it has directed me
-God made us for fellowship/companionship
- Genesis 2:18KJV
18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Elijah - Powerful Prophet Yet Alone - 1 K. 19:9-19
- v. 10 - “I, even I only am left”
- v. 9 - “The Lord came to Him”
- v. 9 - “The word of the”
- V. 19 - So he departed thence, and found Elisha
- v. 19 - Plowing with twelve yoke of oxen
Elisha - Comes along Beside Him
- 2 Kings 2:2, 4, 6 KJV
2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel v. 4 Jericho, v. 6 Jordah . And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.
- 2 Kings 2:11-12KJV
11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: . . . .
- Lloyd John Ogilvie tells about a young Korean who was learning
the English language. He came upon the word fellowship and said, I understand that. It means fellows in the same ship.
24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
How Does the Joy of Fellowship Show Itselt?
1. By Delighting In His Company - 1:3-7
2. By Receiving His Word - 2:3-6
3. By Speaking About Him - 2:21-23
4. By Longing to be Like Him - 3:1-3
5. By Willing be Corrected By Him - 3:18-23
6. By Desiring To Please Him - 5:3-5
7. By Trusting Him - 5:11-13
- The Promise of fellowship at the beginning of Mt.
“Immanuel”--Which means, "God with us." (Mt. 1:23)
- The Promise of Fellowship at the end of Mt. 28:20
"I am with you alway"