HAT do discipleship, prayer, fellowship, and the Lord's Supper have in common? Well, perhaps many things. But the thing needing to be brought into focus here is the common necessity of communication in each case. Without agreeable communication, none of these spiritual exercises is possible. We commune with our spiritual mentors as they disciple us. We commune with the Father in prayer. We commune with our fellow believers in fellowship. We commune with God as we partake of the Lord's Table. Each one of these forms of interaction is addressed in this chapter.
Communication & interaction happen within relationship. In fact, if there is no relationship then there is no way of communicating. Even in the simplest of formulas, there must be a point of relation for anything to make sense. We might relate to things because of their proximity, similarity, or even their asymmetry, but there must be some connection between two things for them to have relation. There must be a common factor to make two things relatable. This is true generally, and it is true spiritually. Paul invited the believers of Corinth to follow him as he followed Christ (1st Corinthians 1:11). They had something in common. They were all connected (as are we) by salvation (Jude 1:3 & 1st Cor. 11:11).