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.