Fellowship in the Gospel is the first of the five fellowships we learn about in our walk with God.
There is nothing I enjoy more than relationship with God, and nothing the enemy will try to attack more than intimacy with God.
1. My own Personal Testimony
I am aware that my fellowship with God has become more exciting in the last four years than any other time in my 40+ year journey with Abba Father.
I would love to share with you the wonderful times of intimacy I have had with Him, but first I want to look at the theology behind fellowship with God.
“What!!!” You may say. “Don’t give me theology, I want to know (as the disciples said) how to pray”
A. Stagnant Thinking
I am going to be very intentional here because I want you to ask yourself the question: “Have I become stuck in my relationship with God based on my own thinking?”
B. Trusting in the Father’s Voice
In 1994, I was lying on the floor at a conference, having just returned from a vision of heaven, then hell, when God spoke to me. He said, “Neville, I want to give you some of My glory.” Remember this is 1994, before anybody was talking about God giving His son’s glory. So immediately I replied, “Satan I rebuke you in Jesus’ name.” But the Voice I knew as God carried on and said, “Neville, do you trust Me enough to receive what I want to give you, and I will teach you the doctrine later?”
I replied, “Yes, Lord!”.
Holy Spirit filled me with His glory and His Spirit afresh that day. My effectiveness in the ministry catapulted to a new level of glory and power. And God did teach me the doctrine of glory, which we will look at in a separate series.
C. The Next Level
There are times in our lives where God will speak outside of our beliefs, but generally speaking He will only speak inside of what we currently believe. So it is with these five ‘fellowships with God.’
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
But his heart is not with you.
May I encourage you to ask God the same question that I asked Him:
“Abba, show me where I have stopped growing.”
“God, take me to the next level in my relationship with You”.
2. Fellowship in the Gospel
This is the first fellowship that people have with God, the good news of redemption found in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.
for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,
Including this ministry, the body of Christ believes that Jesus reconciled man to God. In Fellowship with the Mystery of His Will, we will find it is only a part of the reason why Jesus came.
A. Positionally we see ourselves as children of God:
I write to you, little children,
Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
1 John 2:12
B. Holy Spirit comforts us, telling us we are forgiven our sins.
C. Holy Spirit brings us into the family of God, replacing the spirit of bondage and fear, with the spirit of adoption.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
It is not God’s intention that we only have the Fellowship with the gospel, because he wants us to mature in Christ. He wants us to retain this fellowship, but include four other fellowships. Having all five will bring a thrill into your relationship with God, AND make you more effective. The next fellowship we encounter is with the Holy Spirit.
- Fellowship in the Gospel is the first fellowship we enter into. Five fellowships are identified in the New Testament.
- Fellowship in the gospel teaches us forgiveness and welcomes us into the Family of God.
There are four more fellowships that we will look at over the next lessons. The next in the series is Fellowship with Holy Spirit. Followed by Fellowship with His Son and Fellowship in His Sufferings. And then Fellowship with the Mystery of His Will which I believe is what God is saying to the Bride of Christ at this time.
Video available at https://youtu.be/_LgBOGOp3nw
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