Koinonia is a Greek word in the Bible that occurs 20 times. Koinonia’s primary meaning is “fellowship, sharing in common, communion.” The first occurrence of koinonia is Acts 2:42, “They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Christian fellowship is a key aspect of the Christian life. Believers in Christ are to come together in love, faith, and encouragement. That is the essence of koinonia. Our koinonia with each other is based on our common koinonia with Jesus the Messiah. First John 1:6-7 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus the Messiah, His Son cleanses us from all our mistakes.”
The Hebrew Word for atonement is “kipur” and its verb, “kaphar” means, “to cover, purge, make reconciliation with” and “to cover with or coat with pitch.” It is the same Hebrew word used for the pitch, “kaphar,” God had Noah cover the wood of the Ark with. Since the floodwaters were indicative of the "judgment" (God setting things right) it is telling that God used the word “kaphar” to describe what Noah was to cover the Ark with. In this, the Ark is seen as a container and the "atonement or covering" to protect those inside during the forty day and night cleansing floodwaters God used to put an end to the unbelievable levels of violence done to both people and the animals on the earth at that time.
It is a tragedy when people act out against other people in various ways, and especially through acts of violence. As people who are committed to following Jesus and doing our best to "love our neighbors as we love ourselves" what is the most loving thing we can do to minimize the violence carried out through the use of firearms. Some people say Gun control laws are already adequate while others say there are not near enough gun control laws being enforced. What about the growing number of people with unchecked mental illness? What about the law abiding citizens who own guns and are not part of the growing problem of public shootings? Hear the Biblical perspectives of Senior Pastor Dan Burchett, and Associate Pastors RC Wilkinson, and Deborah Windham from Open Door Ministries in Long Beach California.