In the message yesterday we read in 1 John about the aged John’s desire for a fellowship to be the inclusive close group of all having a common faith and experience of Jesus -- the bond that holds them together
I did not mention that perhaps the background to this was a group who had broken fellowship and withdrawn from close knit fellowship of the believers in that place – the aim of all our churches and certainly an aim of St Barnabas
There are people who today find the church unhelpful, and without giving up their faith, withdraw from Sunday worship and other Christian activities of their local church.
I think John would want to resist that tendency and encourage people to attend and participate for their own good and for the benefit of those who have been deprived of their input.
What do you think?
23/4/2012 02:31:28 pm
What were the reasons or circumstances behind those who broke fellowship?
25/4/2012 01:11:47 pm
I think I am right that the main issue John's time was facing was the Gnostic group who claimed special knowledge only for the really holy. they also didn't like the body and had issues with Jesus being in any way God and Man.
25/4/2012 01:14:49 pm
What we as God's body on earth can do is be the love of God to others - warmth and compassion and strength of faith will be a drawcard. Know where you stand on life issues and be prepared to say "I believe" and "I trust God's voice". And then follow up with real love in action. Sounds easy?
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