Description: Sometimes familiar words lose their meaning. The word fellowship is like that. We use the word fellowship as an adjective to describe a church event. For instance, a potluck becomes a “fellowship meal” and just hanging out with other believers becomes “fellowshipping”. The term fellowship though is significant in meaning and must be understood within the context of Christ’s fellowship with His people. As Christ is in fellowship with His people, His people are in fellowship with each other. The teaching of and about Christ become the truth upon which our fellowship is based.
In our message today, we see that there are some who have broken fellowship, they have dis-fellowshipped themselves over the truth. John tells the church that those who have left — left because they never were truly in fellowship in the first place.
Description: Jesus referred to Himself as the Lord of the harvest. It’s the entire reason that He came to earth. Then He speaks to Christian saying, “As My Father hath sent me, so send I you.” …And it is that truth needs to be planted in the heart and mind of every ‘born again’ believer.
Description: John pauses in the giving of tests of salvation to draw the reader’s attention back to the objective foundation and ground of their justification. He addresses the church in all stages of maturity, from the new believer to the spiritually mature. This passage serves as a parenthetical comment, as it were, so that our self-reflection doesn’t leave us looking inside of us for answers but outside of ourselves to Christ.
Description: In too many ways the Pharisees were like present day professing Christians — which is to say, like you and me. We seek after God but not always with the right motive or attitude. Both we and they seem to delight in lifting ourselves by seeking to lower others. That can only be seen as pride and certainly isn’t pleasing to the Lord.
Description: Join us as we turn the back the clock to 2000 to listen to a Scandia Bible Church “Classic.” In this Classic Sermon Pastor James Allen continues his series in Soteriology which is the study of why salvation is necessary and how it is accomplished. In this sermon, Pastor Allen focuses on Unconditional Election: God’s Soveriegn Choice.