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Sermon: Real Fellowship With The Father (10 of 22)
Series: What's Real And What's Not (I John)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
I John 2:28-29
INTRO: SERIES: What's Real and What's Not!
(A) John ... the disciple that bridged the gap from the ministry of Jesus to the 1st Century Church .....He was at Calvary (entrusted with Jesus' Mother)..... saw Jesus after Jesus was resurrected .....the birth of the church at Pentecost..... every book of God's Word in the NT written (OT already around).
1- If that weren't enough.....he ended up exiled to the Isle of Patmos (by Domitian).....where God revealed the future to him: The Coming of the Antichrist to the Second Coming of Jesus to Heaven, itself.
2- Who is better qualified to tell us What's Real and What's Not!.....I John is the manual on how to survive in this world system while we await our future home!
(B) The best survival - fellowship with the Father!
1- Vs. 28-29.....conclude the 1st part of John's letter on What's Real and What's Not.....and introduces us to the 2nd part!
2- The underlying theme of the 1st two chapters.....fellowship!.....John wraps up his discussion of fellowship by teaching us the essentials of fellowship with the Father.
-An elderly gentleman was out walking with his young grandson. "How far are we from home?" he asked the grandson. The boy answered, "Grandpa, I don't know." The grandfather asked, "Well, where are you?" Again the boy answered, "I don't know." Then the grandfather said good-naturedly, "Sounds to me as if you are lost."
- The young boy looked up at his grandfather and said, "Nope, I can't be lost. I'm with you." Ultimately, that is the answer to our lostness too. We can't be lost if He is with us."
-- King Duncan, "Lost," Dynamic Preaching,Sept. 1986, Vol. 1, No. 9.+
* If you are walking with the Father (i.e. fellowship with the Father) -- You can't be lost!.....
... Notice the 3 essential components of real fellowship with t ...
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