CAN I KNOW FOR SURE IF I HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?

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CAN I KNOW FOR SURE IF I HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD? Slide 2 I John 1:5-7 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. Slide 3 I John 1:8-10 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. Slide 4 I John 2:1-2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. Slide 5 I John 2:3-6 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, I know him, but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, Gods love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, I know him, but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, Gods love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. Slide 6 I. What is Divine Fellowship Anyway? Slide 7 A. Its fellowship with the Father & with the Son. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.- 1:3. I. What is Divine Fellowship Anyway? Slide 8 A. Its fellowship with the Father & with the Son. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. - 1:3. 1. Fellowship ( ) = a common sharing experience. I. What is Divine Fellowship Anyway? Slide 9 A. Its fellowship with the Father & with the Son. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another... - 1:7. 2. When you have this fellowship with the Lord, you also have it with one another. I. What is Divine Fellowship Anyway? Slide 10 B. You get this fellowship by walking in the light. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another... - 1:7. I. What is Divine Fellowship Anyway? Slide 11 B. You get this fellowship by walking in the light. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. - 1:5. 1. The implications: God is glory, pure, gives direction, self revealing & reveals. I. What is Divine Fellowship Anyway? Slide 12 B. You get this fellowship by walking in the light. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. - 1:5. 2. Darkness = separation from God! I. What is Divine Fellowship Anyway? Slide 13 B. You get this fellowship by walking in the light. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. - 1:5. 2. Darkness = separation from God! I Peter 2:9 -... that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. I. What is Divine Fellowship Anyway? Slide 14 B. You get this fellowship by walking in the light. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. - 1:5. 2. Darkness = separation from God! John 3:19 - This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. I. What is Divine Fellowship Anyway? Slide 15 II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 16 A. You may sell sin too short! If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. - 1:8 II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 17 A. You may sell sin too short! If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. - 1:8 1. The attitude: What I do is not important as long as I believe the right stuff! II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 18 A. You may sell sin too short! If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. - 1:8 1. The attitude: What I do is not important as long as I believe the right stuff! Revelation 3:16 - So, because you are lukewarm neither hot nor cold I am about to spit you out of my mouth. II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 19 A. You may sell sin too short! If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. - 1:8 1. The attitude: What I do is not important as long as I believe the right stuff! Matthew 24:12 - Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold... II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 20 A. You may sell sin too short! If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. - 1:8 1. The attitude: What I do is not important as long as I believe the right stuff! I Timothy 4:1 - The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 21 A. You may sell sin too short! If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. - 1:8 1. The attitude: What I do is not important as long as I believe the right stuff! Hebrews 6:4-6 - It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened... if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance... II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 22 A. You may sell sin too short! If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. - 1:8 2. The truth is something you do! II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 23 A. You may sell sin too short! If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. - 1:8 2. The truth is something you do! Romans 1:18 - The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness... II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 24 A. You may sell sin too short! If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. - 1:8 2. The truth is something you do! Romans 1:18 - The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness... Galatians 5:7 - Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 25 A. You may sell sin too short! If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. - 1:8 2. The truth is something you do! III John 3 - It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 26 A. You may sell sin too short! If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. - 1:8 2. The truth is something you do! III John 3 - It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. James 2:24 - You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 27 A. You may sell sin too short! If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. - 1:8 3. So - I am not responsible for what I do! II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 28 A. You may sell sin too short! If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. - 1:8 3. So - I am not responsible for what I do! You are saved by grace - but there will be a judgment! II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 29 A. You may sell sin too short! B. You may make sin too big! If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. - 1:10 II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 30 B. You may make sin too big! 1. The attitude: I dont do anything bad enough to get into the newspapers! II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 31 B. You may make sin too big! 2. Sin ( ) = falling short of the target. II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 32 B. You may make sin too big! 2. Sin ( ) = falling short of the target. Romans 3:23 -... For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 33 A. You may sell sin too short! B. You may make sin too big! C. You may say, I am saved, but fail to obey! The man who says, I know him, but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. - 2:4 II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 34 C. You may say, I am saved, but fail to obey! 1. The attitude: All I have to do is have faith or All I have to do is be baptized. II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 35 C. You may say, I am saved, but fail to obey! Ephesians 2:8 - For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith... II. How Would I Know if I Dont Have This Fellowship? Slide 36 C. You may say, I am