“Ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3
The apostle John had actually seen Christ in the flesh. With his own hands, he had touched Him who is “the Word of life.” Now the apostle declares these things to us who never personally met the Saviour in the flesh that we may have fellowship with him in his fellowship with the Father and the Son.
We are members of God’s family and if we walk with the Lord, we naturally desire fellowship with the rest of His family. Such fellowship is a beautiful thing: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1). The apostle Paul urges us to endeavour to “keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). Many Christians fail to see just how vital this unity is, but the Bible is clear: “There [where brethren dwell together in unity] the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore” (Psalm 133:3).
This fellowship with other Christians brings us into fellowship with God Himself. He is the special guest at such times of love and unity; He draws near, and when He draws near, we have fellowship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—and with one another. This leads to fulness of Christian joy. Immediately after today’s text, John says, “And these things [things concerning fellowship] write we unto you that your joy may be full.” We will experience fulness of joy as we are in fellowship with God and with His people.
Our fellowship with Christ, resting as it does on His infallible Word and realised in our hearts by the ministry of His Spirit, is as real as that of those who walked the earth with Him. Thus in a very real way, we have fellowship with the apostles and with all those who continue steadfastly in their doctrine (Acts 2:42).
Quote: “We can’t walk obediently with God if we refuse to walk with those who are walking obediently with Him.” – Alexander Simpson
7:00 p.m. Youth & Young Adults Meeting with Rev. McKee
Wednesday, September 28
7:25 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer
Friday, September 30
7:00 p.m. Gym Fellowship
Sunday, October 2
9:55 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship – Mr. Frank D’Addurno
5:50 p.m. Pre-service Prayer
6:30 p.m. Evening Worship – Mr. Frank D’Addurno
October 3-7 FPCNA Week of Prayer
Please pray for the ministers and elders as they meet for prayer and presbytery meetings in Calgary FPC.
Wednesday, October 5
7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer
Sunday, October 16
Please note the change of date.
The Shorter Catechism
Q18: Wherein consists the sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell?
A: The sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell, consists in the guilt of Adams first sin1, the want of original righteousness2, and the corruption of his whole nature, which is commonly called Original Sin3; together with all actual transgressions which proceed from it4.
1. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19).
2. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (Romans 3:10).
3. And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins; (Ephesians 2:1).
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalms 51:5).
4. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man. (Matthew 15:19-20).