DISCOVERY

17th Sunday in Trinity

September 30, 2018.

SUB-THEME/6: Relationships and fellowships that please God.

TOPIC: Relationship and Fellowship with God.

TEXTS:

Mk.3:14; 1 John 1:3-4; 3 John 1-4.

AIMS:

i. To understand what relationship and fellowship with God mean/entail;

ii. To understand how man can begin/have relationship and fellowship with God;

iii. To appreciate the need to have fellowship with God.

INTRODUCTION:

God desires that His children (those who have a living relationship with Him) be in sweet fellowship with Him. In Jeremiah 13, He says, “For as a belt is bound round a man’s waist, so I bound the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to me, declares the LORD, to be my people for my renown and praise and honour…” (v.11). The level of intimacy God wants to have with His children is here likened to the closeness of the belt to a man’s waist. It is at this point that believers can truly glorify Him. God can initiate this sometimes by drawing His children to Him (Jer.31:3) or even by allowing them to face one challenge or the other that will move them to draw near and seek Him. (Isa.54:7-8).

STUDY GUIDE

1. What does it mean, and how are we expected, to have relationship and fellowship with God? Gen. 5:22-24 (Cf. 2 Kings 20:3); Mk.3:14; John 17:3 with Eph.2:8-9; I Thess. 1: 9.

2. a. From 1 John 1:8-9, what should be the primary basis for Christians’ relationship with God?

b. What is generally the outcome of such relationship? Vs. 4.

3. Discuss the advantages of having fellowship with God in the light of the following passages: Gen. 5:22-24; 1Sam. 30:8; Ps. 42: 1-4, 8; 27:4-6; 91:1-8.

4. Discuss the disadvantages of ignoring relationship with God in the light of 1Sam. 28:4-8.

CONCLUSION:

There is no alternative to having a personal relationship and fellowship with God, because that is where we derive the strength to live the Christian life. Just as our fathers in the faith did and drew strength to triumph, so we should do with conscientiousness.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

More time with God in fellowship makes us more like Him.

MEMORY VERSE:

Psalm 42:1 “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you O God.”

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