1 John 1 Lesson

Fellowship

Fellowship is defined as, “Friendly association, especially with people who share one's interests .” – Google.

Christian Fellowship has the following definition, “The sharing together in a common life with other believers through a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. ” – bible.org 

For today’s lesson, we are going to discuss fellowship as it pertains to Christian Brothers and Sisters. Using our definition from above, we will divide today’s lesson into three parts:

  1. A common life.
  2. Our relationship with God.
  3. Thanks to Jesus.

A COMMON LIFE

What DO believers have in common? We pray, we sing, we study the Bible. There are a lot of great things that believers have in common. All these things are important, and certainly supported by scripture, but there is a more important question for us to consider.

What SHOULD believers have in common?

The Apostle John wrote:

“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. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. ” – 1 John 1:5-7.

According to the above scripture, what we should have in common is that we are all walking in the Light. This allows us to have fellowship with one another. The light that John is referring to is God.

Our relationship with God is what we have in common, and it is this principal that allows us to have fellowship with one another.

OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

What is it about our relationship with God that allows us to have fellowship with one another? The answer to that question is that there is a central truth that those in fellowship with God believe. This truth is that God is light. We are not following a flawed god or one with questionable morals.

We are following the only true and living God!

We are following the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. – Mathew 22:32, Exodus 3:6.

We are all following God together, and God is flawless, without sin. John writes:

“God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” – 1 John 1:5.

Our fellowship is founded on a common belief in God. As we follow God together, we are all headed in the same direction. “Into the Light.”

This does not mean that we are without sin. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Bible is clear that all of us are sinners:

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23.

What it does mean is that those in fellowship with God, and thereby one another, are heading towards the Light, and not into the darkness. What we have in common, is our desire to be led by God.

We trip up, we repeat the same sins even though we do not want to, and we at times are tempted and give into the darkness.

What we have in common is far more important than any differences that we might have. For those who walk in the Light, God is the most important thing in our lives. He is our “true north.”

“If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truthbut if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another .” – 1 John 1:6-7.

When we sin, God asks us to confess our sin. 1 John 1:9 assures of the following:

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

This scripture does not say SOME of our sins are forgiven, it says ALL of them are.

This immeasurable grace is only made possible through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He paid the price for our sins once and for all.

“We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all time . ” – Hebrews 10:10.

THANKS TO JESUS

Sin is all around us. The Bible says this about Satan:

“Be of sober  spirit be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour .” – 1 Peter 5:8.

Despite our best efforts, we are all going to sin. When we do, only the blood of Jesus keeps us in fellowship with God and therefore, one another.

  • “For this is My blood of the covenant, which is being poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. ” - Mathew 26:28.
  • “In  Him we have  redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our wrongdoings, according to the riches of His grace .” - Ephesians 1:7.
  • “And He Himself  brought our sins in His body up on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness;  by His wounds you were  healed. ” - 1 Peter 2:24.
  • “Therefore there is now no condemnation at all for those who are in Christ Jesus. ” - Romans 8:1.

The sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross is beyond words. His death, burial, and resurrection are the cornerstone of Christianity, and the greatest events in the history of the world! Jesus is aptly called our, “Lord and Savior,” because He is the only one that can make us right with God when we sin.

CONCLUSION

Being in fellowship with God and one another is something to be cherished and not to be taken lightly. Life will challenge us; Satan will tempt us, and we will stumble repeatedly despite our best intentions. We all need the strength that comes from fellowship to allow us to continue to walk towards the Light.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture that highlights the importance of fellowship:

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor; for if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up!  Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?  And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.

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jmack3388

I think our decisions have momentum, that is to say that they build on one another. The more good decisions that we make, the easier it is to make another good decision. Conversely, if we constantly sin and make ungodly decisions, our future decisions will probably be bad also. The key is to make one good decision at a time and for that to be important to us. God knows our hearts.

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Michael
jmack3388

Appreciate your comments JMACK3388 - they helped me to make a good decision today to start my day. Thank you!

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