The Fellowship of Suffering: When you lose it all

“And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the…

The Fellowship of Suffering: Who is Satan?

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.…

Fellowship of Suffering: Who is Job?

“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of…

Let Love be Perfected

We have already seen how love is a recuring theme in the book of 1 John. We have learned that in order to have a strong fellowship we must love our brothers and sisters in Christ, love not the world, and practice love in action. Once again John writes on the subject of love and…

Know the Truth

The Bible warns us of wolves in sheep clothing. There are those who will attempt to infiltrate the church with claims of knowing God, yet they spread false teaching. As our fellowship is strengthened, it is important that we protect the fellowship. This is why it is imperative that we know the truth so we…

Love in Action

Throughout John’s letter there are several topics that seem to be recurring. These topics are not necessarily a repetition, but rather, a peeling back of various layers that takes us deeper into what is needful to be in right fellowship with God and with one another. One of those recurring topics is the topic of…

Fellowship with God Versus the Problem with Sin

The entire purpose of John’s letter is to strengthen the fellowship of the believer. He gives clear instruction on what it takes to have a strong fellowship with the Lord and with each other. It must be understood that it is possible to have the security of salvation while at the same time be out…

Live in Hope

                The Christian Contemporary group, Tenth Avenue North has a song called, I have this Hope. The lyrics to that song are as follows: As I walk this great unknownQuestions come and questions goWas there purpose for the pain?Did I cry these tears in vain? I don’t want to live in fearI want to trust…

Abide in Christ

As John continues his encouragement to those believers who have remained faithful and proven their faith in the Lord, he encourages them to remain in the things that they have always been taught. It is not very popular for one to stay consistent. Most people look to see which way the wind is blowing and…

Beware of Anti-Christs

There is much talk today concerning the anti-Christ and who that person might be. There are many opinions concerning this one who is to rise to world power and usher in a period of time in which the world experiences great tribulation by their own making and by the heavy hand of God’s wrath. John…