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Things That Hinder Fellowship

January 13, 2016 Save Article


1 John 1:5-2:6 (­Program: 2101, Air dates 09.1.2013 and 9.8.2013)

  1. INTRODUCTION (1 John 1:5-2:6)
    1. Secret sins are the primary reason that our fellowship with God is broken.
    2. We live in a day where sin is no longer considered sin.
      1. Genesis 1:27
    3. The answer to the sin problem is not contained in:
      1. Intelligence
      2. Genetics
      3. Environment
      4. Emotions
    4. The answer to the sin problem is contained in the Bible.
    5. When we are saved, two relationships are formed.
      1. Our son-ship
        1. This relationship deals with the judicial side of our salvation.
        2. All of our sin, past, present and future, have been paid for by Jesus’ blood and we are forever a child of God.
          1. Hebrews 8:12
          2. Isaiah 43:25
          3. Jeremiah 31:34
          4. Isaiah 1:18
          5. Romans 4:8
      2. Our fellowship
        1. This deals with the day to day dealings of our sins.
        2. The status of our fellowship can change.
        3. When we sin, our fellowship with God is broken.
        4. Once we are saved, God deals with our sin not as judge, but as Father.
          1. Hebrews 12:6
          2. Matthew 6:12
        5. Our fellowship with God is what John is speaking of in this passage.
          1. 1John 1:3
  1. THE CONVICTION OF SIN (1 John 1:5-7)
    1. The evolution of a lie:
      1. We lie to deny sin.
        1. 1 John 1:6
      2. We lie to deceive ourselves and others.
        1. 1 John 1:8
      3. We lie to defy the Savior.
        1. 1 John 1:10
    2. It is very important that we understand the difference between Holy Spirit conviction and satanic accusation.
      1. Revelation 12:10
    3. How the Holy Spirit convicts sin:
      1. Legitimately
        1. The Holy Spirit will never convict us of repented of and confessed sin.
        2. Satan will entice you to sin and then condemn you for doing it.
      2. Specifically
        1. The Holy Spirit will convict our sins by name and with specificity.
        2. Satan will condemn us vaguely and try to make us feel bad about our entire lives.
      3. Redemptively
        1. The Holy Spirit doesn’t just tell us that our sin is bad, but He tells us to come back to Jesus and to restore our fellowship.
  1. THE CLEANSING OF SIN (1 John 1:9)
    1. To confess our sins doesn’t just mean an admission of sin, but it means that we join with the Holy Spirit in agreement with what He says about our sin.
    2. How should we confess our sin?
      1. 1 John 1:9
        1. We need to confess our sin immediately.
          1. In the Greek, this passage is in the present tense indicating that it is a continual process.
        2. We need to confess our sins specifically.
        3. We need to confess our sin confidently.
          1. 1 John 1:7
  1. THE CONQUEST OF SIN (1 John 2:1)
    1. God is encouraging us not to sin!
    2. But when we do sin, we have an advocate in Jesus Christ who has conquered our sin.
      1. Hebrews 7:12
      2. 1 John 2:2
    3. We are not to treat our sins lightly.
      1. 1 John 2:5
    4. God wants us to have fullness of joy in Him and, sin is a hindrance to that.
      1. 1 John 1:4


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