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  SHEKINAH GRACE BIBLE COLLEGE, MALAYSIA VISION INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, USA FINAL EXAMINATION: MODULE 2 RELATIONSHIPS 1 CHURCH FELLOWSHIP 10 Mark Questions 1) Describe the sharing of fellowship by referring to sharing in, sharing out, and sharing with Sharing in  –    The Christian in the early church understood that it was their fellowship with God that was the basis for their fellowship with each other.  –   Fellowship with other was based on a common belief in the divinity of Jesus.  –    They had in common the beliefs they ‘shared in’. Sharing Out  –    They also had in common the things that they ‘shared out’.  –   They gave out the same gospel.  –   They had a common responsibility to share their material possession with those in need. 2) Explain how fellowship is crucial and essential in the witness of the church Crucial  –  The church is the body through which Jesus continues to work on the earth.  –   Fellowship is not simply extra weight to carry on the body.  –   Fellowship is like the ligaments and sinews which connect the different parts of the body together.  Essential a) We live in an age of personal insignificance and great loneliness. More than ever the church needs to recapture the priority of community in Christian discipleship .  –    The   church   has   a great opportunity . The world has left many people lonely and starved for real fellowship.  –   The church is the only thing that can truly fill the empty lives.  b) Fellowship is the ultimate goal of evangelism.  –   The main focus is not on converting people. It is not even on discipling people. The main focus of evangelism is to bring others into the family of god.  –   Jesus came to build His church. He came to form a community. 3) Describe how fellowship is based on relationship The word relationship is an intimate word. Especially among Christians, its meaning and manisfestation should avoid the superficial. It should be real. 4) Explain how the fear of confession hinders fellowship Christian remains alone in their sin because of the self righteous reaction of the church when sin exposed. There is an unhealthy and hypocritical attitude about sin in some parts of the church. Often, when someone confesses their sins, others begin to not associate with that person. 5) Use the concept of the One  body of Christ to promote fellowship in the Church In Eph 2;14- Paul writes about makin g both groups one by ‘breaking down the barrier of the dividing wall. They needed to realize that Christ came to break down the wall between them. Racial and tribal barriers stands as walls that must be broken.  SHEKINAH GRACE BIBLE COLLEGE, MALAYSIA VISION INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, USA FINAL EXAMINATION: MODULE 2 RELATIONSHIPS 2 6) In 1 Cor 11:27 what does an “unworthy manner” mean ?   Unworthy is the translation of the Greek word ‘anaxios’ The term ‘anaxios’ or ‘unworthy’ means ‘not equal’ or ‘unbalance d ’   5 Mark Questions 1) Briefly describe one of the “secrets” of fellowship in the early church  They have a strong and sincere fellowship in between Christians. The people help each others. 2) List three scriptures that offer “one another” instructions a) Care for one another  –   1 Cor 12:25  b) Serve one another  –   Gal 5: 13 c) Bear the burdens of one another  –   Gal 6:2 3) Briefly explain the implications of the fact that the term “saint” is always in the plural form.   In the new Testament , the bible refers to believers as “saints” Of the 62 times this reference is used, 61 times the word “saints” is in the plur  al form. 4) What is the meaning of “koinonia”?   “koinonia” is used to describe the fellowship of believers. “koinonia” can be defined as having “all things in common”  5) List and briefly explain two general hindrances to fellowship. a ) Individualism . It denies the existence of fellowship. - It can hinder our ability to look at other’s need.  (Phil 2:3)  –   It can hinder our ability to bear one another’s burdens. (Gal 6:2)  - It can hinder our ability to submit to others. (Eph 5:21) - It can hinder our ability to outdo one another in honor. (Rom 12: 10)  b ) Institutionalism  –    It denies the flow of natural fellowship by trying to regulate or force it.  –   It tries to make fellowship a formula or a recipe. 6) List three specific fears that hinder fellowship a) The fear of dependency.  b) The fear of commitment. c) The fear of confession. 7) Briefly comment on this statement: “We do not have to create fellowship.  We already are a fellowship.”    –   We must stop trying to create and start accepting what has already been created by the Creator.  –   We must stop dreaming of an ideal community and start living in the existing one.  SHEKINAH GRACE BIBLE COLLEGE, MALAYSIA VISION INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, USA FINAL EXAMINATION: MODULE 2 RELATIONSHIPS 3 8) Define “tribalism”.  Tribalism is the people from many different tribes. Tribalism provides the various and diverse groups of people with a form of cultural identity and pride. Tribalism can destroy the opportunity for the real fellowship. 9) Use Eph 2:11-22 to argue against prejudice. Eph 2:11-22  –   Paul specifies this idea by explaining that there is only one (tribe) in Christ. This makes the practice of prejudice or discrimination impossible, since there must be at least two groups for it to exist. One group discriminates against another group. If there is only one group to begin with, then discrimination is not possible. Gospel has made all tribes into one tribe. 10) List three bases for division in the Corinthian church. a) There was a divisive effect in how the Corinthians looked at the leaders.  b) There were economic divisions. c) There were religious divisions. 11) What is “not judging the body rightly” mean in 1 Cor 11:29?  The body is the church or the believers. To not judge the body rightly is to pre-judge (prejudice) the members or the body of Christ incorrectly. 12) What is the solution to the problems of tribalism? Christianity is the only alternative. The division of tribalism must be replaced by the unity of the cross. The only way that this can happen is through the fellowship of the church. Christianity and the true fellowship of the church represent a global solution to these problems.  SHEKINAH GRACE BIBLE COLLEGE, MALAYSIA VISION INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, USA FINAL EXAMINATION: MODULE 2 RELATIONSHIPS 4 SMALL GROUPS 10 Mark Questions 1) Describe the early Methodists use of small groups. These meeting were actually house churches. Each group usually had about 12 members from the same neighborhood. It was led by  pastoral leader or leaders. 2) Choose two needs that are solved by having small groups and explain each one. A) The need for intimate relationships. - As human beings we have a need to have intimate relationships. -The world offers many shallow relationships to try to fill this need. - The Christian small group can replace the emptiness of these shallow walk relationships with the fullness of real. B) The need for the individual expression. - All people need to feel like they are a part of something. Each member of the body must  participate. - The small group can be a practice field and a proving ground for the operations of the spirit. - The small group gives each Christians the opportunity to find his place in the body. - It should promote and multiply ministry. 3) Use three points to show how to create a good climate for open communication in a small group. a) Evaluation vs. Description from the leader.  b) Advice vs. Experience from the leader. c) Dogmatism vs. Teachability from the leader. 5 Mark Questions 1) List four needs that are solved by having small groups. a) The need for intimate relationships.  b) The need for the individual expression. c) The need for effective outreach. d) The need for training future leadership. 2) List three of the five “commandments” for small group leaders.  a) Keep the threat level or intimidation factor low.  b) Be specific about the amount of the time that members should commit to give or serve. c) Keep confidential things confidential. 3) Explain one way to keep one group member from talking too much. Studies have shown that the arrangement of the seats can affect group dynamics. 4) List four types of questions that a small group leader can use to promote participation a) Observation questions.  b) Interpretation questions. c) Summary questions. d) Applications questions.
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