Description: Christians are called to be discerning. We are called to be able to discern truth from error and to take every thought captive to the Word of God. In our passage this morning, John gives the Christian the foremost test concerning all matters of life and doctrine. It is a test that can be seen as a question; a question that becomes for the Christian a dividing line. Christians have died answering this question for it is indeed, the only question that matters!
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.
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