With Whom May We Have Fellowship?
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. First, let us begin by making it clear that in discussing fellowship we are NOT talking about associations we must have by living in this world (I Corinthians 5:9-13).
1. Teaching will require us to have worldly associations (Luke 19:1-10).
2. Commerce and social functions are areas wherein we are authorized to have interaction and associations with people of the world (I Corinthians 10:24-33).
3. Marriages sometimes have the believer and unbeliever joined together and we are not going to condemn that (I Corinthians 7:13 and I Peter 3:1-4).
4. Apply balance and caution on these (James 4:4 and I Peter 4:1-5).
B. When we talk about fellowship we are going to be talking about spiritual “Partnership, joint participation, communion” (i.e. Acts 2:42).
1. We know there are clear lines in the Scriptures concerning godly fellowship (II Corinthians 6:14-18).
2. As with all things, we want to be sure our fellowship is with the right people and that we please God in such (Colossians 1:10).
II. Body: God’s “Test of Fellowship” [Ignorant talk] Is Those Whom Walk In The Light As He Is In The Light (I John 1:3-7).
A. Those in the fellowship of Christ (Matthew 12:46-50).
1. To be loved of the Father - Obey (John 14:21).
2. Walk as He walked (I John 2:3-6).
3. Love as He loved (John 13:34-35, Ephesians 5:2, and Hebrews 1:8-9).
B. No darkness at all (Ephesians 5:6-11).
1. Understanding that fellowship can be had incorrectly through inaction (Revelation 2:14-16).
2. Thus, we have to withdraw ourselves from those in opposition to the will of God (Romans 16:17-18, II Thessalonians 3:6, and I Timothy 6:3-5).
3. Knowing how to measure light from darkness (Isaiah 8:20 and I John 3:8-10).
C. Fellowship with one another (Philippians 1:3-5 and Hebrews 12:22-23).
1. Really unified (I Corinthians 1:9-10 and Philippians 2:2).
2. With those whom teach the same things (I Corinthians 4:17 and I Timothy 1:3-7).
3. With those whom practice the same things (Philippians 3:16).
4. Our relationship also ties to obedience (I John 5:2-3).
5. Our fellowship is in spiritual (I Corinthians 10:16 and Galatians 6:6) and SOME carnal things (Romans 12:13, Romans 12:15, II Corinthians 8:4, and Philippians 4:13-17).
D. We have no authority to set our own boundaries of fellowship (Amos 3:3).
1. Our unity has to be “in the Lord” (Philippians 4:1-3).
2. Even in matters of authorized liberties, God’s boundaries are what we have to observe (Romans 14:1-3).
3. We cannot try to bring people to the table of God that He has not invited (Psalms 26:4-5, Jeremiah 15:17, and I Corinthians 10:16-22).
III. Conclusion: If any bring not the doctrine of Christ… bid them not Godspeed (II John 1:6-11).
© 2016 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager