Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Fellowship with God: The True Believer

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 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 cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.  1John 1:5-10

The Blessings of Fellowship with God

1.  The blessings of walking in the light

a.  Mutual enjoyment of God: 1 John 1:7

–  Beauty and value placed on the person we seek to enjoy: Song of Solomon 5:16, Psalm 63:1-3, Psalm 73:2

–  Confidence in the personal relationship: Song of Solomon 2:16, 6:3, 7:10; Hebrews 11:6

–  Security in the relationship: Song of Solomon 7:10, John 17:24

b.  Deepening appreciation for the atonement: 1 John 1:7, Romans 7:21-25, Galatians 3:13

c.  Greater application of the atonement: 1 John 1:9, Isaiah 1:18, Revelation 1:4-6

2.  The blessing of understanding the working of the Gospel: Ephesians 3:1-12

a.  God’s faithfulness to His covenant promises: 1 John 1:9, Jeremiah 31:34, Titus 1:1-3

b.  God’s faithfulness to His holy character: 1 John 1:9, Romans 3:21-26