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Fellowship—more than food

What does “fellowship” really mean?  As I just read the book of 1 John again, this word jumped off the page several times at the beginning of the book.  In Christian circles, often this word is used for merely chatting together over food, as in the over-used phrase, “food, fun and fellowship.”

So I looked up the word on some online dictionaries.  Here is a typical definition(excluding those relating to academia which is an entirely different thing).  (The underlining is mine.)

1. a. The condition of sharing similar interests, ideals, or experiences, as by reason of 
         profession, religion, or nationality.
    b. The companionship of individuals in a congenial atmosphere and on equal terms.
2. A close association of friends or equals sharing similar interests.
3. Friendship; comradeship.

The underlined concepts are very helpful in understanding what John is saying in the following verses:
1:3  We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
1:6  So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness….
1:7  But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other…
This special relationship is with God and with God’s other children, our spiritual siblings and is based on the prerequisite of living “in the light.”
What are the interests, ideals and experiences we have in common with God? 
What are those we have in common with our spiritual siblings? 

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