THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 7-21-19



LESSON TITLE: THE ONE TRUE CHURCH AND ITS FELLOWSHIP



WELCOME

LET ME WELCOME EACH OF YOU TO OUR PROGRAM ON THIS BEAUTIFUL LORD'S DAY MORNING. I HOPE ALL OF YOU ARE WELL AND THAT YOU ARE PROSPERING GREATLY, IN YOUR PHYSICAL LIVES ACCORDING TO WHAT YOU ARE GIVING TO GOD SPIRITUALLY. IT IS WONDERFUL TO BE A PART OF GOD'S FAMILY AND TO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES SUCH AS THIS TO COME BEFORE HIM AND LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT HE WANTS OF US, AS WELL AS PRAISING HIS NAME THROUGH SONG. AS WE BEGIN OUR HOMAGE TO GOD THIS MORNING, WON'T YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER?

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE. WE'RE THANKFUL FOR THIS THE LORD'S DAY THAT WE MIGHT GATHER AND WORSHIP YOU. AND FATHER, MAY WE DO ALL IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH AS YOU HAVE COMMANDED IN YOUR WORD. ESPECIALLY AS YOUR CHILDREN FATHER HELP US TO DO WHAT WE KNOW TO BE TRUE AND RIGHT IN YOUR SIGHT BUT EVEN THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET OBEYED YOUR GOSPEL - MAY THEY FIND THEIR WAY TO YOU - UNDERSTAND YOUR TRUTH AND OBEY IT BEFORE IT'S EVERLASTINGLY TOO LATE. FATHER, THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF JESUS FOR WE KNOW IT IS ONLY THROUGH HIM THAT ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE IN THIS LIFE THAT WE WILL BE FOUND JUSTIFIED AND ULTIMATELY THROUGH YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY WILL WE HAVE THE GREAT REWARD OF HEAVEN IN THE END. IN THESE THINGS FATHER WE PRAY IN THE NAME OF YOUR SON JESUS, AND AMEN.

CONSIDER FOR A MOMENT WHAT IT IS IN THIS LIFE THAT GIVES US TRUE JOY AND HAPPINESS! WHAT IS IT THAT CAUSES US TO HAVE THE BLESSING AND PROMISES WHICH WE DO FROM GOD? OBVIOUSLY, THESE THING ARE ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. HOWEVER, NOW LET ME ASK, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO FULFILL YOUR PART IN SERVICE TO GOD? WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER THE SONG, "HAVE YOU COUNTED THE COST!"



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME THAT PERSON ON THE JOB DID SOMETHING AGAINST YOU? WHAT ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBOR WHO JUST KEEPS ACTING IN A WAY OR SAYING THINGS THAT ARE NOT KIND? MAYBE YOU HAVE HAD A RUN IN WITH A FAMILY MEMBER OR A LOVED ONE. WHATEVER THE SITUATION, LET ME ASK YOU, "HOW DID YOU REACT?" ONE OF THE TOUGHEST LESSONS OF CHRISTIANITY IS TO DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO DO BAD TOWARD US. HOWEVER, WE KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE BECAUSE EVEN JESUS DEALT A LOT WITH THESE SAME PRINCIPLES DURING HIS MINISTRY.

IN MATTHEW 7:12, WE READ THE GOLDEN RULE WHERE WE ARE TO TREAT OTHERS AS WE WANT TO BE TREATED. BUT NOW GO BACK TO SOMETHING JESUS SAID EARLIER IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, IN CHAPTER 5, AND VERSE 44 OF THE SAME BOOK. THERE WE READ, "BUT I SAY TO YOU, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, BLESS THOSE WHO CURSE YOU, DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HATE YOU, AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO SPITEFULLY USE YOU AND PERSECUTE YOU," DID YOU HEAR THE WORDS OF OUR SAVIOR AND LORD, THE KING OF GOD'S KINGDOM? HE SAID WE ARE TO DO GOOD IN RETURN FOR EVIL.

IF YOU GO TO PAUL'S WRITING YOU WILL FIND THE SAME PRINCIPLES PRESENTED AS HE NO DOUBT WAS LEAD IN THESE THINGS BY GOD. IN ROMANS 12:21, WE READ, "DO NOT BE OVERCOME BY EVIL, BUT OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD." HERE AGAIN WE SEE THAT WE ARE TO RETURN GOOD FOR EVIL NOT EVIL FOR EVIL AS OUR SOCIETY TEACHES. HOWEVER, I THINK THIS SAME VERSE ALSO TELLS US WHY WE ARE TO DO THIS � THE ANSWER IS SO THAT WE WILL NOT BE "OVERCOME WITH EVIL," OR "PARTAKERS OURSELVES OF EVIL THINGS." DOESN'T THIS ALL MAKE GOOD SENSE? WHEN WE CHOOSE TO STOOP TO THE BAD LEVEL OF THOSE WHO DO THINGS AGAINST US WE ARE NO BETTER THAN THEY ARE. WE ARE GUILTY OF THE SAME SIN. HOWEVER, WHEN WE CHOOSE TO BE LIKE CHRIST AND REACT AS HE DID � THEN PEOPLE CAN TRULY SEE JESUS IN US. NO DOUBT THIS IS WHY JESUS FURTHER SAID, "BUT I TELL YOU NOT TO RESIST AN EVIL PERSON. BUT WHOEVER SLAPS YOU ON YOUR RIGHT CHEEK, TURN THE OTHER TO HIM ALSO," MATTHEW 5:39.

MAY WE NEVER CHOOSE TO BE LIKE THE WORLD AND TO FALL INTO THE SINS OF THOSE AROUND US WHO OFTEN DO THINGS AGAINST US. INSTEAD MAY WE ALSO GO THE EXTRA MILE AND LEARN NOT TO STRIKE BACK, SO THAT THE WHOLE WORLD, AS WELL AS OUR GOD WILL TRULY KNOW WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT OUR CHRISTIANITY. SO, HOW DO YOU REACT WHEN THINGS ARE DONE AGAINST YOU? THIS MORNING, I WILL BE LEADING OUR LESSON THOUGHTS OF THE DAY, AS WE CONTINUE OUR STUDY TOGETHER CONCERNING, "THE ONE TRUE CHURCH." OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY IS ENTITLED, "THE ONE TRUE CHURCH AND ITS FELLOWSHIP" SO STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER WE WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD. NOW LET'S RETURN TO OUR SINGING. THE NAME OF THE NEXT SONG, "THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD."



LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS



IN FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 1 IN VERSE 9 THE BIBLE SAYS GOD IS FAITHFUL BY WHOM YOU WERE CALLED INTO THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. WITHIN THE CONTEXT TODAY WE'RE GOING TO CONSIDER TOGETHER THE ONE TRUE CHURCH AND THE IDEA OF FELLOWSHIP WITHIN OUR OVERALL SERIES OF THE ONE TRUE CHURCH ITSELF. WE ALL ARE WELL AWARE THAT JESUS BUILT HIS CHURCH. WHEN HE BUILT HIS CHURCH, AS WE HAVE BEEN STUDYING TOGETHER NOW FOR MANY WEEKS, THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THAT HE DID THAT MAKES HIM THE HEAD OF THE BODY, WHICH ALSO IS THE KINGDOM IN WHICH WE ALL NOW ARE RECIPIENTS OF. BEING A PART OF THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED WITHIN THIS INSTITUTION WHO ARE CALLED THE SAVED. AND SO WHEN WE'RE LOOKING FOR OR STRIVING TO IDENTIFY WHETHER WE ARE THE CHURCH OR WHETHER THE GROUP THAT WE'RE A PART OF IS THE CHURCH - THE ONLY PLACE THAT WE CAN GO IS THE BLUEPRINT OF GOD HIMSELF TO UNDERSTAND WHETHER IT IS FOUND THERE IN THE THINGS THAT GOD REQUIRES AND THAT IF I'M DOING THOSE THINGS TO KNOW WHETHER I AM OF THE TRUE CHURCH OR NOT. AND CERTAINLY THOSE THAT ASCRIBE TO THE PROPER ACTIONS AND THE NAMES AND WORDS AND DO THE THINGS ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD. THEY ARE ABLE TO EASILY IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AND THEIR ORGANIZATION AND THEIR WORSHIP AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT WE'VE CONSIDERED AS BEING A PART OF REALLY WHAT THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH WAS ALL ABOUT. AND THAT'S REALLY THE CHURCH THAT WAS BUILT AND THE CHURCH THAT WE HAVE EVEN TODAY, EVEN THOUSANDS OF YEARS LATER. WE ARE DOING WHAT IT IS THAT GOD WANTS OR WHAT GOD REQUIRES.

SO WHAT ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP ISSUE? WE SEE HERE THAT IT WAS GOD'S DESIRE THAT WE MIGHT BE CALLED TO HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH THE SON. BUT PERHAPS ONE OF THE GREATEST VERSUS AND CONTEXT OF SCRIPTURE THAT REALLY DEALS WITH THIS IS FOUND OVER IN THE BOOK OF FIRST JOHN CHAPTER 1. I THINK ONE OF THE GREATEST MISUNDERSTANDINGS OF THE WORD KOINONIA, THE WHICH IS THE IDEA OF FELLOWSHIP IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, WHICH MEANS A COMMUNION OR A TYPE OF COMRADERY OR A JOINING TOGETHER IN SOME WAY. I THINK ONE OF THE GREATEST MISUNDERSTANDINGS OF THIS IDEA IS THAT WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP , JUST BECAUSE AND WE DON'T THINK ABOUT THE STANDARDS. LET ME ASK YOUA FEW QUESTIONS. WITHIN THE WORLD ARE THERE STANDARDS WITHIN FELLOWSHIP? IF YOU GO TO A CERTAIN ORGANIZATION ARE THERE CERTAIN STANDARDS THAT SOMEONE MIGHT ENGAGE OR MUST MEET IN ORDER TO BE ADDED TO AN ORGANIZATION OR TO REMAIN AS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THAT ORGANIZATION? ALL OF US KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT. THE ANSWER IS YES. THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THAT ARE REQUIRED IS THE IDEA. IN ORDER FOR YOU TO BE A PART OF THOSE WHO HAVE THE SAME COMMUNION WITHIN THE OVERALL ORGANIZATION THAT IS GATHERED FOR EITHER A SPECIFIC PURPOSE OR THAT IS TRYING TO MEET CERTAIN NEEDS EITHER WITHIN YOUR LIFE OR IN THE LIVES OF SOCIETY OR THE WORLD ITSELF. NOW WE UNDERSTAND THAT IN A SECULAR SENSE AND WE WOULD KNOW THAT IF I WAS IN AN ORGANIZATION AND I WAS TRYING TO JOIN THE FELLOWSHIP OR BE A PART OF THE FELLOWSHIP OF AN ORGANIZATION THAT IF I DID NOT FOLLOW THE RULES AND DO WHAT WAS NECESSARY I MIGHT BE KICKED OUT OF THAT ORGANIZATION. WE UNDERSTAND THAT IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE SECULAR WORLD BUT WE DON'T LIKE TO APPLY THAT TO THE RELIGIOUS WORLD; TO SPIRITUAL THINGS. THINK WITH ME FOR A MOMENT ABOUT HOW SILLY THAT IS BECAUSE WHAT IS IT THAT THE BIBLE TELLS US CONCERNING FELLOWSHIP? WELL, THAT WORD AS I SAID IS USED IN 1 JOHN CHAPTER 1, BY THE WAY AN EYEWITNESS WHO HAD BEEN WITH JESUS CHRIST, SAYS IN VERSE THREE THAT OUR FELLOWSHIP IS WITH THE FATHER AND HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.

WHEN WE CONSIDER FELLOWSHIP WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT FELLOWSHIP BEGINS WITH GOD. WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT WE ESTABLISH FELLOWSHIP BECAUSE GOD IS THE LIGHT - JOHN GOES ON TO SAY LATER - AND BECAUSE GOD IS THE LIGHT HE IS PERFECT AND WHAT MUST WE STRIVE TO BE IN THE LIGHT? AND BY THE WAY IN THE SAME CONTEXT IT TELLS US GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM THERE IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL. SO HE'S THE STANDARD OF FELLOWSHIP. IF YOU WERE TO IMAGINE A BIG CIRCLE AND PUT GOD IN THAT CIRCLE AND FELLOWSHIP IN THAT CIRCLE. THEN THE WORD THE LIGHT IN THAT CIRCLE - THAT'S WHERE FELLOWSHIP IS. THAT'S WHERE GOD IS SO IF I WANT FELLOWSHIP WHERE DO I HAVE TO BE? IN THAT CIRCLE. THE SAME WAY IF I'M GOING TO JOIN SOME KIND OF A SOCIAL INSTITUTION OR A SOCIAL CLUB OR AN ORGANIZATION OF THE WORLD - THE FELLOWSHIP AND THE RULES - THE ORGANIZATION IS POSSESSED WITHIN THE CIRCLE. I'VE GOT TO GET IN THAT CIRCLE AND REMAIN TRUE TO THE CIRCLE TO REMAIN IN THAT FELLOWSHIP. IT IS THE SAME WITH GOD. I DON'T DETERMINE FELLOWSHIP. YOU DON'T DETERMINE FELLOWSHIP. WE DON'T GET TOGETHER AND SAY WELL, BECAUSE WE AGREE WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP. THAT'S NOT THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE SCRIPTURE. THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE SCRIPTURE IS THAT I FIRST HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD AND BECAUSE I HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THAT ARE TRUE. WE'VE ALREADY MENTIONED VERSE 5 BUT LET'S READ IT IN THE CONTEXT ITSELF. VERSE 5 SAYS: THIS IS THE MESSAGE WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE FROM HIM AND DECLARE TO YOU THAT GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM THERE'S NO DARKNESS AT ALL. AND IF WE SAY THAT WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM AND WE WALK IN DARKNESS WE LIE AND DO NOT PRACTICE THE TRUTH. YOU CAN'T BE IN SIN AND AT THE SAME TIME CLAIM TO HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD. THERE IS NO SIN OR DARKNESS WITH GOD. GOD IS LIGHT AND WE ARE THE WHAT? JESUS SAID THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE STRIVING TO BE. SO AGAIN DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW THAT BECAUSE GOD IS LIGHT AND WE'RE IN THE CIRCLE OF LIGHT; THE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD THAT IN ORDER FOR US TO HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH ANYONE FIRST WE HAVETO HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD. AND THEREFORE THE REASON THAT YOU AND I CAN SHARE FELLOWSHIP IS BECAUSE OF THAT STANDARD, THAT TRUTH. READ ON WITH ME TO VERSE 7: BUT IF WE WALK IN THE LIGHT AS HE IS IN THE LIGHT WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP ONE WITH ANOTHER. DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT IS SAYING? WHERE IS THE LIGHT? THE CIRCLE WHERE GOD IS. WHO IS THE LIGHT? GOD IS THE LIGHT. WHERE IS FELLOWSHIP IN THE LIGHT? WHERE GOD IS SO IF YOU'RE IN THE CIRCLE WITH GOD THE LIGHT AND YOU HAVE THAT FELLOWSHIP AND THEN BECAUSE I HAVE ESTABLISHED THE SAME AND I AM IN THE CIRCLE WITH GOD THE LIGHT AND I HAVE THAT FELLOWSHIP GUESS WHAT WE THEN HAVE? DID YOU NOTICE WHAT THE VERSE SAYS? HE'S ALREADY MENTIONED IN VERSE 3 WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP FIRST WITH THE FATHER AND THE SON BUT THEN VERSE 7 SAYS IF WE WALK IN THE LIGHT AS HE IS THE LIGHT WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH ONE ANOTHER. THE FELLOWSHIP THAT WE SHARE HERE ON THIS EARTH AS THE CHURCH, AS CHRISTIANS, AS THE FAITHFUL IS BASED ON GOD HIMSELF. SO SOMEONE COMES TO ME AND SAYS HELLO BROTHER OR HELLO FELLOW CHRISTIAN OR HELLO AND SOMEONE IN THE DENOMINATIONAL WORLD COMES AND THEY WANT TO INTERACT AND THEY WANT TO SIT DOWN AT THE SAME TABLE AND THEY WORSHIP DIFFERENTLY AND THEY TEACH DIFFERENT THINGS CONCERNING JESUS AND WHO JESUS IS - THEY WORSHIP DIFFERENT GODS OR A DIFFERENT CONCEPT OF GOD. THEY WORSHIP DIFFERENT TYPES OF CONCEPTS ABOUT SALVATION AND THEY SAY THAT YOU HAVE TO BE SAVED IN A DIFFERENT WAY THAN WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. LET ME ASK YOU SOME QUESTIONS. WHEN SOMEONE CEASES TO HAVE THE FELLOWSHIP WITH THE LIGHT AND CEASES TEACHING AND ACTING OR DOING THINGS OR WORSHIPING PROPERLY IN THE WAY OF GOD. ARE THEY STILL IN THE CIRCLE OF GOD AND THE LIGHT? I THOUGHT THERE WAS NO DARKNESS IN GOD AND THERE'S NO DARKNESS IN GOD AND NO SIN IN GOD. ARE YOU IN THE CIRCLE? CERTAINLY YOU ARE NOT IN THE CIRCLE. SO WHAT PERPLEXES ME IS THAT SOMETIMES MY OWN BRETHREN IN THE CHURCH - SOMETIMES THE RELIGIOUS WORLD AS A WHOLE WILL SAY - WELL, DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE DISAGREE WE CAN STILL HAVE FELLOWSHIP. OH MY! PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND AT ALL WHEN THEY MAKE THAT STATEMENT WHAT FELLOWSHIP IS.

TURN WITH ME IF YOU WILL TO THE BOOK OF CORINTHIANS. THAT IS WHERE WE BEGAN EARLIER - VERSE 9 OF CORINTHIANS. GUESS WHAT THE VERY NEXT VERSE 10 SAYS? I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THIS CLOSELY. I PLEAD! I BEG WITH YOU BRETHREN HE SAYS BY THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST THAT YOU NOTICE THIS. SPEAK THE SAME THING. THAT THERE BE NO DIVISIONS AMONG YOU, THAT YOU BE PERFECTLY JOINED TOGETHER, THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME MIND AND THE SAME JUDGMENT. NOW, IF YOU READ THE CONTEXT AND WE DON'T HAVE TIME THIS MORNING. IF YOU READ THE CONTEXT THEY WERE DIVIDING THEMSELVES UP. SOME SAY I'M OF PAUL. I'M OF APOLLOS. I'M OF CEPHUS. AND WHAT WERE THEY DOING? THEY WERE DIVIDING THEMSELVES UP, NOT ONLY UNDER MEN WHO CONVERTED THEM, BUT UNDER IDEOLOGIES OF WHAT THOSE MEN WERE TEACHING OR WHAT OTHERS WANTED TO TEACH ACCORDING TO WHAT ONE MAN OR ANOTHER MAN MIGHT BE PERCEIVED AS. AND THEREFORE, WHAT DOES HE JUST SAY? DON'T DO THAT. SPEAK THE SAME THING. HAVE THE SAME JUDGMENT. SAME MIND PERFECTLY JOINED. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT TELLS US? THAT'S POSSIBLE. THE HOLY SPIRIT DOESN'T TELL US TO DO THINGS THAT ARE NOT POSSIBLE. WE STRIVE FOR ONENESS. WE STRIVE TO BE IN THE CIRCLE. AND WHEN WE ARE IN THAT CIRCLE GUESS WHAT? THIS TEXT SAYS NO DIVISION. NO DIVISION. WE FOLLOW THE ONE. YOU NOTICE THERE IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4 THE SEVEN ONES OF UNITY. IF I AM NOT WILLING TO HAVE THE ONE FAITH AM I IN THE CIRCLE? IF I AM NOT WILLING TO FOLLOW THE ONE BAPTISM, AM I IN THE CIRCLE? IF I'M NOT WILLING TO FOLLOW THE ONE HOPE - AM I IN THE CIRCLE? IF I'M NOT WILLING TO FOLLOW THE ONE LORD OR THE ONE FATHER...YOU SEE THE POINT. AM I IN THAT CIRCLE AND DO I HAVE THAT FELLOWSHIP?

ONE SPECIFIC INSTANCE THAT REALLY DRIVES ME KIND OF NUTS ON TELEVISION IN DIFFERENT PLACES IS WHEN I SEE PEOPLE JOINING WITH OTHER RELIGIONS THAT DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD THE SAME WAY WE DO. THAT THEY SAY THEY ARE COMING TOGETHER TO HAVE WHAT? COMMUNION OR FELLOWSHIP FOR THE GOOD OF MAN. I'M NOT AGAINST THE GOOD OF MAN. I'M NOT AGAINST DOING THINGS FOR THE GOOD OF MAN. BUT MY QUESTION IS - HOW CAN I JOIN MYSELF AND HAVE FELLOWSHIP OR COMMUNION IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE WITH SOMEONE WHO SPITS ON MY LORD? WHO DOESN'T BELIEVE IN JESUS. WHO SAYS HE'S NOT THE CHRIST. WHO SAYS THAT HE IS NOT THE SON OF GOD. WHO SAYS THAT HE DID NOT DIE THE CROSS. AND IF HE DID IT WAS NOT ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT THE NEW TESTAMENT IS. HOW CAN I HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH THAT PERSON? HOW CAN I HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH SOMEBODY WHO SAYS THAT THEY BELIEVE IN A DIFFERENT GOD? YOU SEE SOMETIMES WE UNDERSTAND THAT. UNFORTUNATELY NOT MANY IN THE WORLD DO ANYMORE BUT SOMETIMES MANY OF US DO. BUT THEN WE GET DOWN CLOSER TO PEOPLE WHO SAY WE BELIEVE IN THE SAME GOD. WE BELIEVE IN THE SAME JESUS. SO THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS. IS THAT REALLY ALL THAT MATTERS? IS THAT REALLY ALL THAT MATTERS WHEN IT SAYS THAT GOD IS THE LIGHT. GOD IS LIGHT....NO DARKNESS IN HIM. WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM AND WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH ONE ANOTHER WHEN WE WALK IN THE LIGHT. WHEN WE ARE SERVANTS OF GOD - NO WONDER WE FIND VERSES LIKE ACTS 2 AND VERSE 42 AND YOU MIGHT WANT TO WRITE THESE DOWN AND READ FROM THEM LATER - WHERE IT TALKS ABOUT A COMMUNION OR A CONTINUED FELLOWSHIP IN THE APOSTLE'S DOCTRINE. NOTICE THERE GALATIANS 2 AND VERSE 9 WHERE THEY HAD FELLOWSHIP ONE WITH ANOTHER AS BRETHREN OF THE CHURCH. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:9 FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD, PHILIPPIANS 2 VERSE ONE FELLOWSHIP WITH THE SPIRIT. THERE THE NEXT VERSE PHILIPPIANS 3 AND VERSE 10 FELLOWSHIP AND SUFFERINGS. FELLOWSHIP IN THE GOSPEL - PHILIPPIANS 1 VERSE 5. WE COULD GO ON AND ON AND ON AND ALL OF THESE POINT US THAT ONE PLACE - GOD AND HIS WILL.

MAY WE NEVER BE CAUGHT UP IN THE MISUNDERSTANDING THAT SOMEHOW WE DETERMINE FELLOWSHIP OR THAT MAN DETERMINES FELLOWSHIP OR THAT A RELIGION DETERMINES FELLOWSHIP. MAY WE ALWAYS CLEARLY KNOW THAT THE BIBLE TEACHES US WHAT TRUE FELLOWSHIP IS WITHIN THE ONE TRUE CHURCH; THAT FELLOWSHIP IS BASED ON THE STANDARD OF GOD. THE STANDARD OF GOD AND HIS WORD. THE VERY STANDARD BY WHICH YOU AND I UNDERSTAND EVEN 2 CORINTHIANS 5:10 AND ALSO JOHN 12:48 THAT WE WILL BE JUDGED BY. SO THE QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY IS ARE YOU GOING TO BE WILLING TO SUBMIT TO WALKING IN THE LIGHT OF GOD AND GOD ALONE KNOWING THAT WHEN YOU DO THAT YOU HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM. IF GOD CANNOT JOIN HIMSELF TO SOMEONE OR THE ACTIONS OF SOMEONE OR THE SIN OF SOMEONE MY QUESTION TO YOU WOULD BE - HOW CAN YOU GO BEYOND WHAT GOD HIMSELF HAS ALREADY PREDETERMINED. YOU KNOW, STAND WITH GOD! IF YOU STAND WITH GOD YOU'LL NEVER GO WRONG BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS OF GOD NOT ONLY TODAY IN THIS LIFE BUT YOU ARE ALSO GOING TO RECEIVE THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF GOD AND THE LIFE TO COME WHERE A MANSION AWAITS YOU IN THE END.



CLOSING COMMENTS

IT WAS CERTAINLY GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US TODAY. THANKS BE TO GOD FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE HAD TO COME BEFORE HIS THRONE THIS MORNING. PLEASE REMEMBER, YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE JOIN TOGETHER IN THIS SERVICE TO GOD.

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MAY WE ALL UNDERSTAND AND REALIZE THAT TRUE AND PROPER FELLOWSHIP BEGINS WITH GOD, REMAINS IN GOD, AND CONTINUES IN GOD; FOR GOD ALONE IS THE ONLY STANDARD FOR THE LIGHT, OF WHICH WE MUST ALSO STRIVE TO ABIDE IN. ARE YOU WALKING AS A LIGHT IN THE LIGHT OF GOD?