>> January 3, 2011
The epilogue isn’t the end, but the beginning.
Recently I wrote a rough draft of a novel that is book two in a series. Story #3 is somewhere in the dark corner of my brain, but I need to finish novels one and two first. I needed to bring Hidden Agenda to a conclusion but subtly indicate to the reader the story wasn’t really finished.
I struggled with passing of time throughout the book and I know #3 needs to be much farther down the road in the lives of my characters. So, I wrote a snappy little epilogue where I summed everything up and prepared the reader for what will happen in the sequel.
My letter K word in the Christianese iBlog series is the Greek word Koinonia. This word is used for the very first time in Acts 2:42 and is translated ‘fellowship’. During the ‘70’s, the word koinonia was attached to church gatherings that resemble the Small Group style of church fellowship today.
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Often when a catchy word is picked up it tends to become overused and lose some of its original meaning. Personally, growing up I thought koinonia meant potluck or Bible Study where food is served. After all, the verse where it first appeared sort of says that.
To simply say Koinonia=Fellowship doesn’t truly define it. There are some interesting tidbits about koinonia that could take more than one blog post but here’s a quick overview.
- Koinonia is strictly a post-Pentecost relationship.
- The root of koinonia fellowship is common connectedness. As Believers, our common connection is our relationship with Christ.
Take the time to read Acts 2 and notice the last seven verses resemble an epilogue of a great story. It leaves the reader with the distinct feeling that there is more to come. And we all know that there was much, much more.The book of Acts is the story of the adventures of the beginning of the church.
And they began…with koinonia.