Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us at the next Sunday worship service:
In-Person
9:00am & 10:45am,
Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD

“We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” – 1 John 1:3.

It’s mind-boggling and overwhelming to think that God participates in our lives. Fellowship with Christ means that not only do we participate in Christ’s life, but Christ participates in ours, too.

When we see the word “fellowship” in the Bible, it’s not only the idea of relationship. The word relationship means the state of being connected. So, even though we are connected to Christ, we’re invited into something more profound: fellowship. We want to know and to be known. And the best place to get that desire filled is, first and foremost, in Christ.

The salvation of Jesus brings us into a relationship with Him. But fellowship with God is an invitation to intimacy with Him. It’s our continued connection with Him and our means of spending time with Him. When Jesus walked the earth, He referred to God as Father. While it shocked the “religious” people, it opened up the door to relationships, which is what Jesus is all about. He pulled them out of religion and into relationships. He participated in their lives and let them participate in His.

Not only are we in a relationship with Him, but we get to have fellowship with Him, where we walk in the light, as He is in the light: “So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin”  (1 John 1:6–7).

This is the avenue, or the means, by which we become more like Him and see His life in ours. When we fellowship with Jesus, we become more like Him and reflect Him. We share our life with Him, and He shares His life with us. In other words, experiencing Christ and letting Him experience us. That’s why Paul said, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

Our starting point is in God’s word, the Bible. It is all we need for fellowship with Him. If we want to experience deeper fellowship with God, we must know what it says so that we can submit to His will and obey His commands.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is your current level of fellowship and closeness with God? 
  2. How can you deepen your fellowship with God?

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