In these final verses of 1 Corinthians, it seems that Paul is in a rush to fire off a final round of instructions and greetings. It’s a challenge for us to find any sort of way to tie everything together. As I studied the passage, the word that kept coming to the top of the kettle was fellowship.
15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) 16 That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth. 17 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied. 18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such.
19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. 20 All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss. 21 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.
22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maran-atha.
23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. (1 Corinthians 16:15–24)
Let’s see how this passage helps us answer the question: What are some of the marks of a healthy Christian fellowship?
A Healthy Christian Fellowship will have…