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BROKEN FELLOWSHIP

2 COR 5:18

INTRO: WHAT IS FELLOWSHIP?

1: FELLOWSHIP- COMPANIONSHIP, COMPANY, COMMUNITY OF INTREST, ACTIVITY, FEELING, OR EXPERIENCE.

A) DOES EVERYONE IN THE CHURCH HAVE FELLOWSHIP?

B) NOT ALWAYS

C) SHOULD THEY? YES OF COURSE!!!

POINT: WE’RE NOT ALL BEST OF FRIENDS, BUT WE ARE A COMMUNITY OF THE SAME INTREST, THE SAME ACTIVITY, AND EVEN SOME OF THE SAME EXPERIENCES.

2: RECONCILIATION

A) WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

B) IT IS THE STATE OF BEING RECONCILED

C) RECONCILE- MEANS TO RESTORE FREINDSHIP OR HARMONY.

POINT: FELLOWSHIP AND RECONCILIATION GO HAND IN HAND, US AS SINNERS HAD TO BE RECONCILED TO HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD.

BODY: 2 COR 5:18

1: ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD

A) THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON

B) WE DON’T ALWAYS UNDERSTAND THOSE THINGS

C) SOME ARE JUST TESTS OF OUR FAITH AND KNOWLEDGE

POINT: BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE FROM TIME TO TIME, PEOPLE GET HURT, OTHERS ARE AFFECTED AS WELL. BUT ALL THINGS NO MATTER HOW MESSED UP WE THINK THEY ARE, ARE STILL IN GOD’S HANDS AND ULTIMATELY IN HIS CONTROL.

2: BROKEN FELLOWSHIP

A) ALL OF US HAVE DISAGREEMENTS

B) SOME ARE EASIER TO GET OVER THAN OTHERS

C) SOME ARE SO HURTFUL IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO HEAL FROM THEM

POINT: BROKEN FELLOWSHIP BETWEEN CHRISTIANS CANNOT STAY THAT WAY!! 2 COR 5:18 SAYS JESUS CHRIST GAVE TO US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION.

4 STEPS TO REPAIRING BROKEN FELLOWSHIP

1: TALK TO GOD BEFORE TALKING TO THE PERSON

A) JAMES 4:1,2 YE HAVE NOT BECAUSE YE ASK NOT

2: TAKE THE INIATIVE

A) MATT 5:23,24 FIRST BE RECONCILED TO THY BROTHER

3: CONFESS YOUR PART OF THE CONFLICT

A) MATT 7:5 FIRST CAST OUT THE BEAM IN THINE OWN EYE

4: COOPERATE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

A) ROMANS 12:18 IF IT BE POSSIBLE AS MUCH AS LIETH IN YOU LIVE PEACEABLY WITH ALL MEN.

CLOSING: WE HAVE TO FORGIVE

1: FATHER FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A) JESUS CRIED OUT TO HIS FATHER IN HEAVEN TO FORGIVE THE VERY MEN WHO NAILED HIM TO THE CROSS

B) 1 JOHN 2:11 HE WHO HATES HIS BROTHER IS IN DARKNESS

WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT LET’S LIVE THAT CLAIM TO GLORY NOT JUST TALK ABOUT IT !!!!!!!!


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