"Community" is a word that comes from the Greek word "Koinonia" which in the 1st century church was always understood to mean fellowship together with the Holy Spirit in our midst.
When we talk about the concept of "koinonia" and "community" we are speaking of words that are associated with terms such as:
Community is demonstrated and modeled for us by the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are all individual with different functions, but they operate together in perfect unity, harmony, and covenant relationship to one another as one.
I know that as some people read the information on this site they will disagree and may be even offended at what I am saying. That is not my intention.
The most difficult thing for people to do when referring to their "religion" is to overcome the power of wrong traditions.
When I kick at some of the "sacred cows" we have it may not be easy to take, but if you stick with me throughout the pages of this website you might "come to know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Again, I am not saying I have all the truth, but I have experienced both institutional church and relational church and believe me, relational church is a much greater and more enjoyable experience with God and His people.
As a man in covenant with God through Jesus, I have heard God's call to me to return to the simplest and most relational expression of church life.
It is my conviction that the institutional Christianity that has emerged in our day is insufficient to release God's people to the fullness of relationship with Him and with each other.
I simply offer an alternative form of Church life to the institutional church because I believe Christianity is a relationship with the living God, not a formal religion practiced in a building called "the church."
I have worked with many, many people over the years that have come to this same conclusion through many different avenues, and from different points in their spiritual journeys, and their lives were changed because they began to experience the "LIFE" and the freedom that Jesus died to give them.
It is my most sincere desire that this website becomes a source of insight, discovery, and encouragement to those who are seeking to know God and His ways in a more fuller experience and relationship.
"Koinonia" is a shared life! Jesus said that the world will know that we are His disciples by the love we demonstrate to one another.
John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
There are over 30 "one anothers" in the New Testament that we are to do to each other.
How can this be done when we are so divided by denominations, religious groups, independent churches, etc?
Covenant Kingdom Ministries is a teaching and training ministry that desires to work with people as well as other ministries to help develop "koinonia" and community across the denominational and ideological lines so that we "The Church" can "become one" as requested by Jesus, our Lord and King.
We must ask ourselves this question,
Are we "born again" and in covenant with God through Jesus in His kingdom, or are we followers of a denomination or religious group that has a particular interpretation of the Scriptures that appeals to us as individuals?
If we are in a covenant relationship with Jesus and a part of God's family, can we allow ourselves to be so divided from our other brothers and sisters as the church appears to be, or should we try diligently to overcome these divisions by coming together on the common foundational truth and belief that "Jesus Christ is Lord, and King?"
The Scriptures declare that when "koinonia", or community, occurs, the Lord commands blessing to take place and those lost in the kingdom of darkness are brought to the light are added to the church daily as a result of seeing the Church actively possessing the LIFE of Jesus in their midst.
Community Life, or koinonia, is when everyone seeks to edify one another, where each one encourages others to live and not draw back from their contact with the lost, where praying for one another and ministering to one another creates a sense of concern and a desire to have the best for each other, where the fruit and the gifts of the Spirit are evidently seen and demonstrated for the benefit of the entire group to build them up.
This type of LIFE is best developed in small groups I like to call "Covenant Life groups".
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