How to Have Incredible Fellowship in Your Church, part 4

This post is part 4 of a series through 1 John on How to Have Incredible Fellowship in Your Church.

THE major thing that blocks real fellowship with God and with one another is when we sin. But we get into greater danger when we say that we don’t sin. Let’s find out why.

Christian Psychologist Larry Crabb says every person has 2 legitimate needs: 1) the need to feel secure, and 2) the need to feel significant. (My seminary professor in Biblical counseling mentions a third: the need to feel adequate.) These needs are only completely fulfilled in Christ.

In Him we find full security. In Him we have complete significance. In Him we are adequate for anything He wants us to do.

However, when we look to anyone or anything else to fulfill these legitimate needs, it’s called sin. So we could define sin this way: seeking to fulfill a legitimate need in an illegitimate way.

It’s like telling God, “You’re not all that, God. I know You’re powerful and all, but You can’t supply this need I have.”

Yeah. That would pretty much dissolve fellowship with God.

The sad thing is that many times we don’t realize we are seeking to fulfill those legit needs in illegit ways. We so easily lie to ourselves.

“I deserve this.”

“This will meet my need for…”

We may not always think like this, but we do tend to seek these things in places or people other than God. Very easily.

Many of us Christians wonder why we have no joy. So we seek comfort in things we feel will supply it quickly. But we don’t seek to see if we have sin that has dissolved our fellowship with God and others.

I once met a guy who believed he doesn’t have a sin problem. He just doesn’t screw up. At all. He, obviously, looked over his sin of gossip and being overly critical of most people in his church. He wasn’t a very joyful person.

So here’s what John says about it. Chapter 1

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

When we realize our sin, we can confess it to God. Confess means to agree with God about our sin.

And because of His faithfulness, He always forgives those sins. But it gets better…

What about those sins we don’t realize that we are committing? This verse says that God cleanses us from all sin.

Because of His faithfulness and mercy, God wipes clean even those sins we aren’t aware of yet so that we can have fellowship with Him.

Incredible. Isn’t it?

So to have incredible fellowship in our churches, we must examine ourselves to see if we are seeking to fulfill legit needs through Christ. Not examine others to find out why we are out of fellowship!

Slap Me Some Feedback: Have you recently realized that you were seeking to fulfill one of these legit needs in illegit ways? Wanna tell us about it?


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