This blog posting is about my investigation of true community [beyond mere warmth and friendliness], dynamic community-in-action, the Biblical practice of koinonia (κοινωνία).
Koinonia does NOT mean enabling bad habits, nor does it mean carrying the load for someone who can and should carry that load themselves. It does not mean idiot compassion or allowing someone to continue thinking of themselves as a victim. Koinonia means getting others on their feet, getting them marching forward on their own ... it does not mean carrying them unless they absolutely need to be carried; what it means is strengthening the entire population so that NOT ONE PERSON EVER GETS LEFT BEHIND!
By definition Koinonia means: Fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation, intercourse the share which one has in anything,participation in intercourse, fellowship, intimacy ... offering the [strong] right hand as a sign and pledge of fellowship [in fulfilling the apostolic office] a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, as exhibiting an embodiment andproof of fellowship.
I believe that the Bible is the infallible and inerrant Word of God; I do not believe that any human ever understand all of the different facets of truth represented in the Bible. I do not ever having read a passage of scripture without coming away from it with a new and expanded understanding of the Word. Accordingly, I believe that we must be humble, but forthright in ~our~ interpretation. I believe that we must boldly share our faith and confess our faults to other, without resorting to the judgement of others.
I believe that God is the origin of all of Reality ... truly Infinite and far more than any human or group of humans can begin ever comprend. Although I cannot begin to comprehend God, it is most useful for me [as a limited human being, who must express thoughts to other human beings through language] to articulate what God is as being a Spirit who is Infinite, at the same time Personal, and three Persons in One: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe that God the Father is Sovereign, in perfect control of all things. I believe that Christ, the Son of God, who by His life, death and resurrection has become the only true means of salvation for His people. I believe that the Holy Spirit alone is able to give us new life in Christ.
I believe that a human's proper response to the gospel message is to repent from his sins and to rely upon the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation. I believe that the fruit of man’s salvation is a life of grateful obedience to the Word of God. I believe that it is my personal mission and the mission of believers in the Church to exalt the name of Jesus and to make His salvation known. I anticipate the personal, glorious coming of Christ to confer upon His people the fullness of their salvation, and grant to them a perfect, eternal or timeless life not as individuals but as members of God's unified and perfect community.