Following Jesus 83

God’s vision for the church is to glorify Him (I Corinthians 10:31). The goal, aspiration and focus of the church is to bring God glory, honor and praise. The way in which this is to be done is not up for speculation. Rather, God has given us specific instructions as to how to go about glorifying Him. This is accomplished by God centered worship, evangelism, ministry, discipleship and finally the fellowship by followers of Jesus with God and with one another.
What are biblical characteristics of God glorifying fellowship? Ephesians 4:1-3 provides insight.  “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV).
The Apostle explains that first there is fellowship with Christ. Vs. 1. “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,”
1 Corinthians 5:11 - But now I am writing to you not to associate (have fellowship)with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. (1 Corinthians 5:11 ESV).
1 Corinthians 10:20 – No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons (fellowship with devils). (1 Corinthians 10:20 ESV). Guard your worship! 
2 Corinthians 6:14 – Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV). Guard your relationships. 
Ephesians 5:11 - Take no part (have no fellowship) in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. Guard your behavior. 

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