taught by Thomas Fortner

LESSON 5 - Fellowship and Fruitfulness With God

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I. “Fellowship” with God involves a different area than “Relationship” to God:

     A. Explain “Fellowship ” I John 1.

         ILLUSTRATION: an elaboration of the family parallel.

     B. God wants good fellowship with His children, I John 1:3, John 10:10, Colossians 2:6.

     C. Evil conduct adversely affects fellowship with God:

         1. Sin breaks fellowship, Isaiah 59:1-2.

         2. Sin is a reality for all of God’s children, I John 1:8-10.

         TRANSITION THOUGHT: Sin, a reality with which we must contend.


II. God takes action to restore broken fellowship:

     A. He does it with discipline:

         1. Hebrews 12:5-11, "rebuke," "chasten," "scourge."

         2. All children get discipline which is always corrective to those who yield to it.

     B. What to do when fellowship is broken:

         1. Confess to God, I John 1:9.

         2. God forgives and gives help to overcome the weakness, Hebrews 4:14-16.

         TRANSITION THOUGHT: Confession brings restoration of fellowship.


III. God wants only one motive to move His children, LOVE:

     A. Do because you “want to,” not because you “have to.”

     B. Scriptures which teach love as the believer’s only motive:

         1. I Peter 4:8, "charity" to be “above” all else.

         2. II Corinthians 5:14, our "constraining" force.    

         3. I Corinthians 13:1-3, all efforts worthless unless motivated by love.

         4. I Corinthians 10:31, everything for the glory of God.

         5. A very practical truth.

         CONCLUDING THOUGHT: Nothing taught so far has required any action by your student(s). Next week’s lesson is titled “Worshipping and Serving God as a Part of One of His Churches,” and it will explain much action God desires of His children. It will begin with a thorough explanation of baptism.