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Exodus 20:24 NIV

"'Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you. 

Sacrificial Offerings

Offerings to God in Old Testament times by which man hoped to atone for his sins and restore fellowship with God. The Bible depicts man as a sinner abiding in death and destined for death. He abides in death because he is separated from fellowship with God and unable to restore that life-giving fellowship (Romans 5:12; 8). The sentence of death hangs over man because of his identity with Adam's fall (Romans 5:14), his enmity toward God, and his constant sinning (Genesis 6:5; 8:21; Romans 3:10). Ultimately, this will result in physical death and eternal suffering in hell. 

God, however, provided a method by which man's penalty can be paid and fellowship with God can be restored. This method is the sacrificial offering of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9-10). This perfect offering was anticipated throughout the Old Testament by various sacrificial offerings. These Old Testament sacrifices were effective only when offered in faith in the promised sacrifice (Genesis 3:15; Hebrews 9:8-9; 10:8-9,16-17). 

Peace Offering. This sacrificial offering was also called a heave offering and a wave offering. This was a bloody offering presented to God. Part of the offering was eaten by the priest (representing God's acceptance) and part was eaten by the worshiper and his guests (non-officiating priests or Levites and the poor, Deuteronomy 12:18; 16:11). Thus, God hosted the meal, communing with the worshiper and other participants. This sacrifice celebrated covering of sin, forgiveness by God, and the restoration of a right and meaningful relationship with God and with life itself (Judges 20:26; 21:4). 

Fellow

A word used in the Bible in both a positive and negative sense:

1. A worthless man or boy; a term of contempt for a person not worth mentioning (Matthew 26:61).

2. A friend, comrade, companion, or associate (Exodus 2:13).

The word fellow is also used in such phrases as fellow servant (s) (Colossians 1:7), fellow disciples (John 11:16), and fellow workers (Philippians 4:3). 

Fellowship

Sharing things in common with others. In the New Testament, fellowship has a distinctly spiritual meaning. Fellowship can be either positive or negative. 

Positively, believers have fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (John 17:21-26; Philippians 2:1; 1 John 1:3), as well as with other believers (Acts 2:42; 1 John 1:3,7). The only reason why we dare to have fellowship with God, in the sense of sharing things in common with Him, is that He has raised our status through the death and resurrection of Christ (Ephesians 2:4-7). What believers share in common with God is a relationship as well as God's own holy character (1 Peter 1:15). Those who have fellowship with Christ should enjoy fellowship with other believers. This fellowship ought to illustrate the very nature of God Himself (John 13:35; Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 1:5-10). 

Negatively, believers should not have fellowship with unbelievers. This means they should not share in unbelievers' sinful lifestyles (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). This does not mean, however, that believers should have nothing to do with unbelievers. The Bible plainly teaches that believers are obligated to share the gospel with unbelievers (Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-16; 1 Corinthians 9:16-17).

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It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'"

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