Tonight, we will fellowship with the Father in His Word. We will be looking at First John 1:5-10, and First John 2:1-6. Please come ready to talk about what it means to have “the love of God perfected” in us. We will talk about fellowship with the the Father who has claimed us. Remember: the job of a father (according to this current teaching) is to claim, bless, and send. In claiming us, there is a calling on our part to respond to Him in love, as dear children. However, there is a posture we are called to take when we say we have fellowship with Him. That’s our conversation tonight: How should we posture ourselves as we fellowship with our Father?
1:5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and 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 Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that 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 that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. 3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God [a]is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
1. What is God saying to us in these verses?
2. What kind of praise can we bring to God, based on these verses?
3. What are some areas in our lives that we need to change, based on these verses?
4. In what ways can we give thanks to God for the change in our lives?
5. As we fellowship with God, what are some of the deeper dealing he has with us, based on these verses?