Tonight we start a new sermon series from 1 John called Lessons to My Children and the first message is called Little Children and Fellowship.
The epistle of 1 John he speaks frequently to his “little children.” I can see the old apostle, one time a fire brand who wanted to call down fire to burn up a village that would not let Jesus stay the night was transformed to the apostle of love. Here he is writing to his dear little children, those people he had led to salvation and in this epistle he gives some lessons for them and for us in the processes.
One of the conditions of fellowship is that we walk in the light.
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-7)
There is a story of a soldier who was captured by the Vietnamese. He was being marched to a POW camp in the dark. He was tripping over every root and divot. His captures were getting mad and he feared for his life and the lives of his comrades. He prayed for a way for him to walk without tripping. For a reason unknown to him, a Vietnamese solider turned his flashlight to shine right in front of his feet and it was a light to his path and he made the trip safely.
To claim a fellowship with him who is Light and to walk in the darkness of error, of ignorance, and of sinfulness are utterly inconsistent. Do not the truth. He who obeys not the truth walks in darkness.· But if we walk in the light. We walk in the light by following Christ, the Light of the world.
Excerpt from the sermon Little Children & Fellowship. You can listen to the sermon here.