Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Sunday,  June 13, 2010



            Truth (John 8:31-32).  Salvation (Jn 20:31).  Fellowship (1 Jn 1:6-9).  Maturity (2 Cor 10:4-5).





A.   David’s fellowship and sanctification, 1 Sam 16:18 cf.


            1.  Fellowship with God is the foundation of the SL - apart from fellowship with God there are NO spiritual dynamics, 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:28.


            2.  Fellowship with God demands persistent positive vol., but it blesses the believer with the most fantastic blessings of security, perspective, confidence, and strength, Psalm 16:8.


            3.  Fellowship with God is what blesses us through all of the stages of life,– through the good, the “bad,” and the ugly, Psalm 23.


            4.   Fellowship with God is extremely powerful, but it also very fragile so the believer must always be very careful about the real danger of carnality and reversionism, Psa 19:12-14.


            5.   It is fellowship with God which is the fountain of life and provides the Light for true understanding – apart from fellowship you just don’t get it, Psa 36:9.


            6.    It is fellowship with God that enables the believer to really trust God even in the most trying of times, Psa 37:4-7; 56:3-4. 


            7.   Regardless of how God may love and enjoy fellowship with even the greatest of believers, God cannot have anything to do with sin - failure for any believer to confess his sins will bring divine discipline, 2 Sam 12:1ff; Psa 32; 51.


            8.  The OSN really is the greatest spoiler of fellowship and the spiritual life in general - in both religious/moral degeneracy as well as immoral degeneracy.  


            9.   Regardless of where you open the Scriptures the foundation for all spiritual assets for a victorious spiritual life is fellowship with God.


            10.  Without fellowship with God nothing really works!


            11.  While there may be a million ways to get out of fellowship there is only one way to get back in fellowship and that is by confession of sin, 1 Jn 1:9; Psa 32; 51.


B.     There are about 8 major models in Christendom on how to live the victorious spiritual life (neutralize the osn), but only one operates from the foundation of fellowship [HS] and proceeds through application of BD.


            #1)   Spirituality/holiness by eradication.


            #2)   Spirituality/holiness by emotionalism. 


            #3)   Spirituality/holiness by self-renunciation.  


            #4)   Keswick passive spirituality/holiness.


            #5)   Spirituality/holiness by faith.


            #6)   Spirituality/holiness by legalism. 


            #7)   Spirituality by reformed theology – heavy emphasis of Rom 6.


            #8)   Biblical spirituality as developed by Chafer – most accurate and most comprehensive!


C.  Overview of Chafer on Romans 6 (“He That is Spiritual,” pp. 119-128).


D.   Further development of Romans 6—8