I attended a military college after high school. The freshman year introduced us to military life and placed upon us many rules that a civilian would consider strange. For example, if an upperclassman asked you “why” you were doing something, the answer was always, “no excuse, sir!” It didn’t matter if you had a valid excuse.
Fellowship with God depends, in part, on fellowship with other believers. Let me offer two short proofs for the claim, one positive and one negative. First, the positive proof is that John says that fellowship with the apostolic circle implies fellowship with God: “that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship
Christians are called to love each other. But what is love? You might know it when you see it. Specifically, John says that our model is Jesus: We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us (1 John 3:16a). Love is sacrificial. Love acts. It acts for the good of the beloved. Jesus showed you that
Sin has more than one consequence. On the one hand, it can break or hinder your fellowship with God. On the other hand, it can have consequences for you in this life. The man who gets drunk at work, not only loses his intimacy with God—he can also get fired. And the woman who covets her neighbor’s