Tonight I want to close out our series on the first epistle of John. They have built a relationship with one another. 2. They explained that their forefathers, the ancient Israelites, received a sign from God, manna, and called it bread from heaven (John 6:31). If you bring God down to mans level, then you can enjoy peace with God without dealing with your sins. This sermon speaks of the three of the top reasons fellowship is important. Fellowship begins with attendance but it goes far beyond that. In other words: believers are now my brothers and sisters in Christ. I made that decision over 50 years ago when I became a Christian. Copyright 2022 Vivial Media LLC. John 14:21, "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he 8:12). The pedestrian came over, opened the door and got in. subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?". He gave Israel victory over Amalek Ex. As he drove along, the rain became harder and harder until it was almost a downpour but he kept going. The individual explained that this activity combined fellowship, prayer and exercise and that this kind of prayer-walking had revolutionized his prayer life. Its easy to put on a religious veneer by claiming that you have fellowship with God, when really, youre walking in the darkness and deceiving yourself. At Christs transfiguration. While that explanation may be okay, to me it does not take into account the terms faithful and righteous to forgive. Gods faithfulness relates to His new covenant promise to forgive all our sins through faith in Christ, which happens at salvation (Heb. of water. c. They are in the sphere of wickedness controlled by that wicked one. Some time ago I was talking with a Christian about prayer-walking. When we make fellowship with God a priority, all of the urgent issues in our lives seem to fall into place. PSYCHOLOGICAL The born again man or woman will change his orher lifestyle to accommodate his new FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD. How can Christianity help me with my problems and needs? Jesus Christs ministry was authenti- cated by God at His baptism I am glad that she attended those services I hope she got something out of them but that is not fellowship. Most people do not really know what a Christian is. True fellowship is with the holy God, not with a good buddy god. The basis for salvation and assurance is the same, faith in Jesus Peter has just finished preaching and here is what happens: Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. They walked in darkness, they lied, and they did not practice the truth. 3. If were forgiven at the cross, why do we still need to be forgiven. of fellowship, cautions of fellowship, and tonight we will see the consequences 1. Are we in There was nothing wrong with what Martha was doing, but Mary chose to do the most important thing to spend time with Jesus, to get to know him and to listen to him. 2. In today's world, there are many who feel they don't need to go to church to hear the word of God. To have fellowship with God, we must start with His authoritative revelation in His Word. In fact, dont preach at us; share with us. You may ask, But why start with Gods holiness? The setting of the world = "lieth in wickedness". B. You give a tenth of your spices mint, dill and cummin.
The substance: the record that god hath given to us eternal life Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Fellowship, Character of God, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. Walking in the light is not a description of a class of spiritual believers, who have achieved perfection or some high state of sanctification. 12:31 which To start saving items to a SermonFolder, please create an account. Rather, it is a walk of personal fellowship with the living God. 2. look at Daniel in the lions den Dan. To walk points to the general tenor of ones life. When he accepted Jesus as his savior He not only committed his life to Jesus he committed his life to fellowship with Gods family - the church as well. He asserts that God is absolutely holy (1:5). When a person first believes, he receives all the benefits of salvation. John writes (1:5), This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. Note two things: John is not sharing with us his speculations on what God may be like. He saved them from the Egyptian army Ex. God says a Christian is one who has been born again. Rather, it points to a habitual pattern of living openly before God, who examines the heart. But to approach the Christian faith in that manner is to cater to our main problem, which is self! So, the foundation is laid for us to feel good about ourselves!, John would say, That man is walking in the darkness, deceiving himself and anyone who believes him. Some explain this as family forgiveness that is necessary for fellowship, not forensic forgiveness that is required to deliver us from Gods judgment. I Cor. "Sinneth not" = does not practice sin in his lifestyle. He often went into the mountains to pray. The Spirit of God witnessed to the fact that Jesus is the Son of To have genuine fellowship with the holy God, we must walk in the light, as He Himself is in the light. Were all prone to ask, Why is God allowing this? But before we all sign up for the program, John makes it clear that fellowship with God is not a matter of being chummy with your good buddy in the sky! Putting different numbers on them, he devised a new game.
is far superior. To walk in the light is to seek to be holy as God is holy. Thus when a believer sins, he does not lose the forgiveness and cleansing that took place at salvation. Tell more stories and jokes. Having trouble logging into your account? Manworships God PHYSICALLY with praise and with the way he lives. Forgiveness and cleansing are somewhat overlapping, except that forgiveness relates to the guilt of sin being pardoned, whereas cleansing points to the defilement of sin being removed. Get alerts on offers and news from Oak View Baptist Church, This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google. Verse 7 (cleanses is in the present tense) indicates that there is an ongoing sense in which the effects of the cleansing of Jesus blood are applied to us. We should be generous with our giving. Its easy to have a false peace if you have a user-friendly god. 1. We want help on how to have happy families, how to be successful in reaching our full potential, and how to recover from divorce, drug addiction, and sexual addictions. and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.". ROM 14:17 RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, AND JOY IN THE HOLYGHOST (SEE ALSO: I PETER 1:8). Its like: When a person marries; he or she does not just get a new spouse they also get an extended family - its a package deal. His righteousness (or, justice) relates to His strict demand that the penalty for sin be paid. 2. It begins at salvation, when he acknowledges his sin to God and asks for forgiveness and cleansing. 2. But he does not experience it in his walk until he confesses his sin. fellowship with Christ? The continuation of the Spirits witness: "beareth witness" Fellowship builds Unity. SAFETY VERSE 2. He experiences ongoing forgiveness and cleansing as he continues confessing his sins. The apostle John opens his letter by asserting that one of the main aims of the Christian message is we may enter in to the apostolic fellowship, which is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ (1:3). Note, also, that John does not begin with his hearers felt needs. DAVID SAID: WILT THOU BE ANGRY WITH US FOREVER?, REMEMBER Moses was told to build a sanctuary for God. (Ex.25:8-9) TODAY, WE ARE ABLE TO ENTER BEYOND THE VEIL this is sowe can fellowship with God!!! Friends have intimacy with one another. A. These are opportunities to do as Jesus would do and practice the virtues of patience and charity. Their first claim was, We have fellowship with God (1:6), but John says that their lives did not back up their claim. This experience brings peace and joy to the giver even as it uplifts the community. As he continues believing, he does not receive the benefits of salvation over and over, but he does experience them repeatedly. INDIANA BIBLE COLLEGE | INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, BIBLE LESSON: BENEFITS OF FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD, I JOHN 1:3 THAT WHICH WE HAVE SEEN AND HEARD DECLARE WE UNTOYOU, THAT YE ALSO MAY HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH US: AND TRULY OURFELLOWSHIP IS WITH THE FATHER, AND WITH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.. For you see: Im no longer calling you servants because servants dont understand what their master is thinking and planning. I have learned that most people want good friendships. In our day, as in Johns, many claim to have fellowship with God, but often this is an empty claim based on their own imagination with a false god that they have made up. FELLOWSHIP = PARTNERSHIP, JOINT VENTURE, AGREEMENT. But fellowship with God and fellowship with other believers is always linked, as verse 3 makes clear. document.getElementById( "ak_js_1" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() ); Copyright APOSTOLIC INFORMATION SERVICE, AIS File Library Apostolic Doctrine Apostolic History (ADAH), AIS File Library Apostolic Doctrine Holiness Standards (ADHS), AIS File Library Apostolic Doctrine Holy Ghost (ADHG), AIS File Library: Apostolic Doctrine Apostolic Ministry (ADAM), AIS File Library Apostolic Doctrine Baptism in Jesus Name (ADBA), AIS File Library Apostolic Doctrine Miscellaneous Doctrine (ADMD). The source of the believer = "we are of God". Satan may attack or tempt, but he cannot lay hold of the believer. You may have heard the story about two Christians who were talking about their churches, and in the course of the conversation they compared notes about the greatest thing their respective congregations had accomplished that past year. of Christs credentials, assurance of eternal life, guidance in prayer, C. We are to pray for a brother who sins. Lastly, Lloyd-Jones points out that starting with Gods holiness is the only way to true joy. Even this is a blessing in disguise. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world (John 6:33).
C. The Church became our Family. Having the outward witness of His Word. Then as he drove along he passed someone walking on the sidewalk. My hope is that it will build up the body of Christ. If you want to build good friendships in the church then you need to get involved with things in the church. When we focus on God he helps us understand the priorities of everything else. Let me use an analogy. 3. That is church attendance. But in all of our activity even activity that is directly related to following Jesus Christ we should not neglect the fundamental reasons why God has called us. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. The cleansed person is free to draw near to God in worship, because the defilement of sin has been taken away. Who is putting spiritual bread on your table? 2. Apparently these false teachers were doing this, because Johns next hypothetical statement is (1:8), If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. They may have been claiming that they had achieved a state of sinless perfection. Wonderful sermon. Believers walk in the light; unbelievers walk in the darkness. Father, he shall testify of me:", B. Take the sermon and adjust it in any way you see fit and use it. Looking forward to hear from you. Rather, he confesses it (1:9): If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. To confess means to agree with God that our sin is sin. Consider: a. If you want to draw the crowds, begin with, God is love. Everyone wants to hear that!, But John begins with, God is light. In Scripture, light may refer to God as the source of knowledge, illumination, or guidance. b. Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2005, All Rights Reserved. Such fellowship with God is at the very heart of what it means to be a Christian. By displaying fellowship with your brethren and loving your neighbor as yourself, you show the Lord your devotion to His doctrine. If you'd like to know more about this 50-year-old church and the programs it offers, call (336) 841-6511, or contact the staff online. (SEE EPH 5:11; II COR 6:14). When I gave my life to Christ I promised Him I would study His Word. Didnt you know that they had predicted rain for today? This does not imply that the person walking in the light never sins. The kind of bread Im talking about is absolutely necessary for our spiritual health and survival. Im looking for something that I dont have; can God give it to me? Christianity is not, at its core, the observance of rituals or rules. Unless indicated otherwise, all scripture quotations on this website are from the Holy Bible, New International Version, NIV. Son, in whom I am well pleased.". As he was leaving his dorm room the rain had started to fall and the closer he was getting to the church the harder the rain was coming down. But you have neglected the important matters of the law justice, mercy and faithfulness. d. There is no neutral position: either we are of God or we are of the Compared to the witness of men, which we readily accept, Gods witness But, have people come face to face with the living God? To have fellowship with God, we must begin with His holiness, not with His love. If I dodge my sin by blaming others or making up excuses for why I sin, I am walking in darkness. 1. In the case of the believer, Jesus Christ paid this at the cross. The theme of this book has been "True Fellowship". B. (That was a good thing.) that I am baptized with?". But verse 3 also referred to fellowship with other believers. Or, perhaps because they believed that the body could not touch the spirit, they were claiming not to have a sin nature. We know the Truth, we dont need lies! through his name.". The church that she attended had no greeting time so she spoke to no-one. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Discipleship, Spiritual Growth, and Christian Living. ', 2. Join them for worship services at 10:45am and 6pm each Sunday. When you attend worship services and other activities with your congregation, you'll be presented with many opportunities to enrich the lives of those around you. The more mature we become in our relationship with God, the more important this quiet time with God becomes. The student said, Professor Jones, what are you doing out on a day like this? Professor Jones replied, Well its Sunday and Im on my way to church. The student said, Professor, didnt you see the weather report? Its the same bread Jesus offered to the first-century Jews. Chris Mark, Chris feel free to use any of the material that I post on Sermon Central - it was submitted to help build up the body of Christ. Denomination:
1. After they asked Jesus to give them that bread, he declared, I am the bread of life. The three-fold testimony of the deity of Christ. Thats just not popular. Johns message is: To have fellowship with the holy God, we must not walk in the darkness, but walk in the light. EMOTIONAL The Holy Ghost brings emotional feelings of PEACE &JOY! cf Mk. All rights reserved. But here, the main idea is that He is holy. You would think from the numbers that Christianity is alive and well in the United States. Jesus point was that the physical details were not enough, not even for those who lived under the old covenant he corrected them for ignoring the deeper spiritual issues. Scriptures:
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Third, starting with Gods holiness saves us from the danger of blaming God in times of trouble. Does he stop believing then? John says, first, to have fellowship with God, we must begin with God and His authoritative revelation of Himself, not with ourselves. Can you find a single instance in the Bible where evangelism. I am glad that this sermon helped. As he goes on believing, he repeatedly enjoys the benefits that he received at salvation. This is not the same as the unpardon- able sin of Mt. He pulled the car over to the curb and motioned to the pedestrian to get in car. Gods wonderful promise is that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive and cleanse us. He says (p. 65) that to define sin as rebellion against God is shallow and insulting to the human being. He redefines sin as a lack of trust, which is another way of saying that we are all born with a negative self-image. He says (p. 67), By nature, we are fearful, not bad. can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.". Dont bring up controversial issues. DAVID, IN PSALM 91, SAW THE PLACE OF FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD ASONE OF: 1. No I didnt decide today to go to church I made that decision a long time ago.. (Hebrews 6:19, 8:13), AND THEY SAID ONE TO ANOTHER, DID NOT OUR HEART BURN WITHIN US,WHILE HE TALKED WITH US BY THE WAY, AND WHILE HE OPENED TO US THESCRIPTURES? The teachers and Pharisees lived under the specific and rigorous physical standards of the old covenant. To have fellowship with God, we must recognize that He is absolutely holy. Finally one of them gathered 28 flat stones from the courtyard. Matthew 3:17, "And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved It is based on the relationship we have with Jesus Christ. There are three aspects of walking in the light: To walk in the light is to walk as He Himself is in the Light (1:7). I am glad the sermon helped. But, its a false peace that will not hold up in the day of judgment. It is possible to be so busy with Gods work that we neglect to come to know him. He knew the importance of quiet moments. What would get you to come back and try the church again?. Following his lead, other church growth leaders have started with the religious consumer. They have gone to people with the question, What would you like in a church? By doing so, you'll have the opportunity to benefit others spiritually and materiallyand to receive these benefits yourself. corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in