Churh Fellowship and 1 John 1:5-2:2

Dear Grace,

God is doing something awesome in our midst and at the same time Satan would love nothing more than to find a weakness to stop the work of God.  So what can we do about this?

We need to continue to build an environment of trust and right relationships.

How do we do this?

The Bible says that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, authorities, and powers of darkness (Eph. 6).  The Bible also says, “[4] The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine powers to demolish strongholds.  [5] We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

What these two sections of Scripture are saying is that when we face dificulties we need to pray, have faith, take thoughts captive, and purpose to practice good patterns of communication.

We are in the book of 1 John in the sermon series and the passage for this week is saying that sin is an obstacle to fellowship with God.  It is also saying that sin is an obstacle to relationships between people.  The passage is not saying we will never sin as Christians, but that we need to confess our sin so that the obstacles that block relationships can be removed and so that fellowship between Christians can exist and be sustained.

Friends, may we as Christians commit to the following as we grow and mature as a church — may we come into the light when we have sinned, may we admit our sins to God and one another, and may that confession remove obstacles that stand in the way of relationships.

Praying with you!

GODSPEED

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