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Sermon Quotes

Fellowship

Thomas Aquinas

For in order that man may do well, whether in the works of the active life, or in those of the contemplative life, he needs the fellowship of friends.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer.

 

Juvenal

Today there’s more fellowship among snakes than among mankind. Wild beasts spare those with similar markings. (for contrast).

William Lane Craig

The simple fact that the Christian fellowship, founded on belief in Jesus’ resurrection, came into existence and flourished in the very city where he was executed and buried is powerful evidence for the historicity of the empty tomb. 

C.S. Lewis

The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are. 

C.S. Lewis

Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .

 

J.P. Moreland

We need to admit the mind into Christian fellowship again. We need the mind disciplined in Christ, enlightened by faith, passionate for God and his creation, to be let loose in the world.

 

Andrew Murray

Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays.

 

Watchman Nee

Fellowship means among other things that we are ready to receive of Christ from others. Other believers minister Christ to me, and I am ready to receive. 

 

Henri Nouwen

Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.

Ray C. Stedman

It goes against the grain to give an image of oneself that is anything less than perfect, and many Christians imagine that they will be rejected by others if they admit to any faults. But nothing could be more destructive to Christian koinonia (fellowship) than the common practice today of pretending not to have any problems.

J. R. R. Tolkien

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.

J. R. R. Tolkien 

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. 

S. Scott Bartchy

It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of table fellowship for the cultures of the Mediterranean basin in the first century of our era. . . . Being welcomed at a table for the purpose of eating food with another person had become a ceremony richly symbolic of friendship, intimacy and unity.

 “Table Fellowship” in The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, InterVarsity Press.

C. S. Lewis

In each of my friends, there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity.

 The Four Loves, Harcourt, Brace

Minucius Felix

Our bond, which you resent, consists in mutual love, for we know not how to hate; we call ourselves ‘brethren’ to which you object, as members of one family in God, as partners in one faith, as joint heirs in hope. You do not acknowledge one another, amid outbursts of mutual hate; you recognize no tie of brotherhood, except indeed for fratricidal murder.

Octavius

Julie Canlis

[Koinōnia] is at the heart of the Christian understanding of the triune God as a rich relationship not between individuals but between persons who indwell one another in a loving harmony of friendship and communion. As such, koinōnia is at the center of Christian theology (the study of God), anthropology (the study of ourselves), and spirituality (the Christian pattern of experience: being led by the Spirit into God’s own triune communion).

Calvin’s Ladder: A Spiritual Theology of Ascent and Ascension, Eerdmans.

Dallas Willard

My Christian fellowship circle will allow me not to follow him and even not to plan to follow him, but they will not permit me to say it.

The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives. Reprint edition. San Francisco: HarperOne, 13 1999.

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