1 John 1:7

 

 

We have a time of Fellowship every week but it isn’t really Biblical Fellowship.

It is a time to say hi – Fellowship is deeper than saying hi

When someone hears fellowship there hear – Food!

Fellowship is sharing food but it is more than that.

 

Fellowship is sharing life together – talking about what really matters and what you are struggling with.

Fellowship is being partners

Fellowship is sharing what we have with others – means money as well as comfort, love, help

 

2 Corinthians 8:13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. 14  At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality,

 

2 Corinthians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5  For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

 

Fellowship is sharing life together. Fellowship means we become partners.

If you have a partner in business the same purpose and goals. You have the same plan to accomplish your goals.

 

In many cities they are talking about how the community and the police can partner together to change the attitude and the culture of their city.

 

I hope many countries will partner together, make an alliance to fight terrorists.

 

When we fellowship, when we make a partnership we leave our individual interests and join together for a common goal.

 

As Christians that common goal to grow and mature in Christ.

 

Ephesians 4:11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

 

Fellowship with one another, partner with one another. Why? So we can all be built up, reach unity, and become mature.

 

Marriage is a perfect example of fellowship – sometimes “intense fellowship”

You are partners, you have the same goals – you family

When people get divorced what do they say? We grew apart, we don’t have anything in common anymore.

They lost their fellowship, they quit being partners and became selfish with their own desires and goals.

 

Don’t lose the partnership in marriage or in the church.

Let’s fellowship – let’s do life together.  We are better and stronger together.

 

Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

 

We are stronger because we help each other.

 

Proverbs 27:17  As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

 

We need to build stronger community together – we need more fellowship. Then we will really be able to do life together.  We can’t isolate ourselves, we have to be open to each other.

That sounds scary but we will grow and we will be a better support for others.

We would be able to have a real family. Don’t you want that?

You would be there for others and others would be there for you.

Read this passage from an emotional stand point instead of a financial context.

 

2 Corinthians 8:13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. 14  At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality,

 

People are lonely, even in a crowd. Have you ever been lonely?  Do you want others to feel that?

Let’s fellowship, partner together to serve one another and others in the name and love of Jesus.

 

 

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with ONE ANOTHER, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

 

We have fellowship because we walk in the light together.  If we do not walk in the light we cannot have fellowship.

 

What is the light? Jesus is the light.

John 8:12  When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

 

We reflect that light as we fellowship with one another

Love one another – look next week

Like each other, share life together, we are partners together in life

 

The first Christians meet house to house, we don’t do that very much.

We are to busy living – living life alone or with our family unit and not fellowshipping with others.

Why do people love Family Camp so much? There is a lot of fellowship – being together and sharing.

All we need to do is make that happen when we are home and add serving others.

 

Acts 2:44  All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45  Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46  Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47  praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

 

The Lord would add to our number too if we worshipped together daily and fellowshipped daily and shared the love and light of Jesus daily.

 

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with ONE ANOTHER, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

 

When each of us live in the light of Jesus we have fellowship with each other. If we are walking in the dark we can’t have fellowship with each other.  Light and darkness do not go together.

Fellowship is a partnership – Darkness can’t stand the light.

Try it – Go in a dark room and turn on the smallest light

What happens?  The darkness flees

That is why it is so important who we partner with; partner in anything.

 

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

 

This doesn’t mean don’t be friends so you can share the gospel. But it does mean don’t be yoked together.

We have to yoke ourselves together as Christians with other Christians.

 

Unity comes because we walk in the light of Jesus. Many people claim to walk in the light but they are only walking in the reflection of the light.  It is impossible to have true fellowship with someone who is only in the reflection of the light.  I spoke with someone recently that considers me a brother in Christ but I can’t have true fellowship with him because he is not a Christian.

 

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

 

These people were “good” people doing good things but they were not known by the Lord because they did not do the will of God.

 

We have to be obedient in all areas to the will of God. If you are in Christ and growing in Christ then we are walking together and able to have fellowship.

 

 

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with ONE ANOTHER, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

 

We can share life with fellow believers, our brothers and sisters in Christ, because we are all covered by the blood of Jesus that purifies us. If I was not a sinner saved by grace I might look down on you when you confessed your sins to me.  But because I am a sinner saved by grace I don’t look down on you.

 

1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

 

If we are going to have real fellowship and not just a lot of talking, then we need to really share life with each other. Start with chit chat and move to safe issues but we must get to tougher issues, issues we struggle with, issues we need to confess, issues that we need help with.  To move through that process, we need to spend time together on the easy parts of life so we can trust each other during the difficult times and with the difficult spiritual matters of life.

 

So to have fellowship with one another we need to spend time together getting to know each other and learning to trust each other. Then we have to rely on that trust and be vulnerable to each other, then we have shared life, we have partnered together and had true Christian fellowship.

 

Fellowship with one another means we confess our sins and help one another grow to maturity. If we don’t hold one another accountable we have not reached the depth of fellowship Jesus is calling us to.

 

Christian will you fellowship with one another?

Will you partner with each other so we can all become mature in Jesus?

 

Obviously, you can’t have Christian fellowship if you are not a Christian.

 

Will you surrender your life to Christ before it is too late? Do you know that Jesus loves you and died on the cross to save you from your sins?  Then will you admit you are a sinner and need His salvation?  Will you repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins?

 

What is wrong with today?