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Three Levels of Fellowship

King, Martin Luther, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Career in Ministry


Following his second year at Crozer, King returned to Ebenezer for the summer, where he preached a sermon that may have been based on the following handwritten outline.1

Subject Three Levals of Fellowship
Text 1 Cor 1:2, 92

  1. Gasterism—lower leval—the thing that holds this leval together is sensuality3
  2. Communism—middle leval—the thing that holds this leval together is economics
  3. Spirit — Higher leval — the thing that hold this leval together is love.

1. King's announced sermon topic at Ebenezer for 28 May 1950 was “Three Levels of Fellowship” (“Rev. M. L. King, Jr. to Fill Ebenezer Pulpit Tomorrow,” Atlanta Daily World, 27 May 1950).

2. 1 Corinthians 1:2: “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours”; 1 Corinthians 1:9: “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”

3. Gaster is the Greek word for “stomach.”


CSKC-INP, Coretta Scott King Collection, In Private Hands, Sermon file, folder 100, “Sermons by Other Ministers.”