We’re starting back up at FUEL this Wednesday, November 29th, and we’re going to be talking about spiritual integrity in our walks with Jesus Christ. This refers to our being called to have the sort of relationship with God that is consistent and genuine, unlike some who unfortunately claim to have fellowship with God while walking in darkness (1 John 1:7).
Our main text of scripture this week will be 1 John 1:1-7, and we’re going to focus mainly on what verse 5 says: “This is the message that we have heard from him (Jesus) and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
The reason we as Christians are called to walk in “light” (meaning holiness and faithful obedience with God) is because God Himself is light, and Jesus Christ His Son is the light of the world (John 8:12). The Bible says that God saves us from our sins so that we might walk in the light as we follow Jesus; not so that we can keep living in our sins as if it’s ok. The Apostle Paul states in Romans 6:1-2: “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may abound? By no means!”
Our hope and prayer this week is for our students to know that God is light, and in him is no sin or evil at all! Knowing that God is our perfect Father and Creator, we who are saved by Him are called to walk in the light by faithfully following His Son Jesus and repenting from our sins. We do not ever want our students to think that living in sin is ok, even after they are saved. We are called to a life of repentance, and we should NEVER stop working to remove sin from our lives, no matter what the cost. We don’t want our students to have inconsistent walks with Jesus because they don’t take sin seriously, or because they claim to follow Christ with their words but don’t do so with their actions. We want their relationships with Jesus to have real integrity and real life to it! Please pray that they would listen intently to God’s Word as it is taught this week regarding these truths, and please continue to lead your students by example in this type of faithful living to Jesus.
As always, please let me know if there is anything I can do for you and your family. God Bless!
Youth Pastor – FBC Elberton