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Sunday Considerations: Fellowship in the Light

Thoughts on Christian fellowship from 1 John 1:6-7.

6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 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 cleanses us from all sin.
(1 John 1:6-7, ESV)

Most of us Christians, on a normal Sunday morning, wake up, get ready, and go to corporate worship. Or, as we say, we go to church on Sunday. Not only do we worship together, but we fellowship together. How do we think about and prepare for that fellowship?

Maybe a better question is, do we think about and prepare for Sunday fellowship?

Let’s think about Sunday fellowship in light of 1 John 1:7a, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.” Verse 6 warns us not to claim fellowship with the Lord if we are walking in darkness we lie. In short, in order to have true fellowship with each other we must first be walking with the Lord.

 True Christian fellowship on Sunday morning (or any other time) does not start on Sunday morning. True Christian fellowship begins with each of us walking with the Lord daily. Christians should prepare during the week for worship and fellowship on Sunday. We ensure we are walking with the Lord becoming more and more like Christ by examining and testing ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5).

When we Christians are not together with each other we are out in the world facing all kinds of temptations – all kinds of darkness. That darkness is all around and tempting Christians all the time. When we fall in the darkness we repent and Jesus is there as our advocate Who covers our sins (1 John 2:1). And when temptation is bearing down on you and you continue struggling with particular sins, go to your brothers and sisters during the fellowship to get help with your sin. Bearing one another’s burdens is an important part of the Christian life in helping each other walk in the light together.

My encouragement is that when we Christians are not gathered together, but in the world, to be aware of the temptations and the need for repentance when we sin. Think deeply about, and prepare for, the next time of fellowship and worship by walking in the light of Jesus Christ.

Enjoy your fellowship this Sunday!

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Mark

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The above article was posted on January 18, 2014 by Mark Lamprecht.
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