Steady, continual fellowship in the body of Messiah is so very vital. Many of us underestimate the value and importance of fellowship in our spiritual journeys. Remember, it is our God that created the family and the concept of the family. A Messianic congregation, or a church, or any meaningful gathering of the people of God is always based on Elohim's original creation of Adam and Eve, and what this family organization means for all mankind, including you and me.
In the Bile we read that the first two main characteristics of the early Messianic congregations were that "they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship"(Acts 2:42). Many of our fellowships today are strong on teaching but pretty weak on fellowship. Never underestimate the value of our coming together in unity with our Messiah. The common community, the local Messianic family is so very important to our Lord and we sometimes overlook it. Yeshua took 3 years to develop His local fellowship of 12 disciples and a few other loyal followers. Despite the pressures of Satan and the normal tensions among people, this Godly fellowship came together. We have to remember that good teaching is not to be a substitute for fellowship. Both are absolutely essential for any flock. However, teaching and fellowship are two very distinct aspects of a congregational community's life and both must be developed and worked at.
The Greek word for fellowship, 'koinonia', is a significant one under the New Covenant. It can be translated "communion", "fellowship", "sharing" ,or "participation". At the heart of the word is the adjective koinos, which means common. It is a central Hebraic concept going back to the 'let us make man in our image' in Genesis 1. "Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah" (1 John 1:3). The Apostle Paul also adds, "the fellowship of the Holy Spirit" (2 Corinthians 13:14). We all have the same God as our Father, the same Yeshua the Messiah as our Saviour and Lord, and the same Holy Spirit as our indwelling Comforter. And, we share all these things in common with all believers. The New Covenant concept of close-knit fellowship is also wonderfully seen at Pentecost with the giving of the Holy Spirit.
The central basis for our relationship with one another is Messiah's relationship with us. We are to "Accept one another, then, just as Messiah accepted you, in order to bring praise to God" (Romans 15:7). It is this acceptance of one another that brings glory to God. Messiah's acceptance of us is gracious, total, unreserved, unprejudiced, forgiving and freeing. Our acceptance of one another is supposed to be similar. We have no mandate in the body of Messiah to decide who we will accept and who we won't. All who receive the Holy Spirit are members of the family.