New Beginnings: Fellowship is the Secret (#867)
Today we continue our series on New Beginnings. Over the last several weeks we’ve studied various aspects on Prayer. I’ve found that fellowship is the key element in prayer. We know this from people we deal with, in business, our friendships, and in our families; whether it be father/son, brother/sister, uncle/nephew relation, we know that just because someone has a blood tie it doesn’t mean they get along or agree with another. This getting along and agreeing with one another is what we often call fellowship. In the scriptures we see this too, where people who are born again, and who now have that father/son relationship with God, if they don’t continue to love God and trust God, then the fellowship — the communication is lacking. We find the principle key in a successful Christian life is fellowship with the heavenly Father.
Taught by Bruce Mahone on 20150215. All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
The principle key in a successful Christian life is fellowship with the heavenly Father. Christians manifest the more abundant life in direct proportion to the fellowship they keep with Him. We receive sonship when we are born again. But sustained fellowship depends upon the renewing of our minds according to His Word.
II Cor. 5:21 Through the new birth, we are righteous.
John 5:24 We have eternal life – no waiting to find out!
Romans 8:1a No condemnation.
I John 1:7 Walk in the light.
Fellowship is the one thing that makes for a happy situation both in a human and in a spiritual family.
John 15:5 Renewing the mind brings much fruit.
When a son is out of fellowship with God, he is not able to get prayers answered. God is not unwilling to answer His son’s request, but the broken fellowship on the part of the son leaves his confidence in God shaky and uncertain.
I John 3:21,22 Confidence toward God.
Whenever and wherever sons fail to get prayers answered the cause is broken fellowship, either from not knowing or not living The Word. God is faithful who has promised and He will bring it to pass; thus, if it does not come to pass it is due to a flaw on the man’s part.
When a son of God is out of fellowship with his heavenly Father, nothing will work; but when fellowship is restored, things begin to operate.
I John 1:3-2:2,2:6 For born again ones, sin is broken fellowship.
Sonship is God’s permanent relationship with us.
Fellowship is our continued relationship with God.
Romans 12:2 Not conformed to this world.
Phil. 2:5 Put on the thoughts of Christ.
Col. 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
To the extent that The Word richly dwells in us we have fellowship with God. To the extent that we believe and act according to God’s Word, our lives will be full, rich and fruitful because our fellowship with God is strong. We then have confidence toward God. When we know and live His Word we are doing His will.