My 1/31/16AM sermon, Believer’s Benefits (2) from 1 John 5:18-21, is now online. The sermon wrapped up my work in 1 John which began way back in June 2015. And, in particular, this sermon focused us in on the benefits that believers in Jesus enjoy. I hope it’s encouraging to you.
This coming Lord’s Day (1/31/16), I hope to wrap up expositions through the book of 1 John. We’ll be honing in on 1 John 5:18-21. Notice this emphasis:
18 We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.
19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
While there’s much I hope to say in this “big finish,” I think this summary from Curtis Vaughan gets at where we’ll be Sunday: In this passage, we have “a resume of the chief facts relating to the believer’s new life. Most of it has to do with his union with God and the holiness that union involves.”
My 1/17/16AM sermon, Believer’s Benefits (1) from 1 John 5:13-17, is now online. This sermon was the first of a brief 2 part sermon set that highlight the difference that believing in Jesus Christ makes in the life of those who believe. This sermon was grouped together because both of my points had to do with confidence: confidence for eternal life and boldness in our prayers. So, I hope this sermon encourages you in relationship: the relationship you have with God your Father through Jesus Christ, His Son.
This coming Sunday, 1/17, we will be working our way through 1 John 5:13-17. Many writers believe that in these final verses of 1 John, as a way of offering a conclusion to the book as a whole, John is rehearsing some of the big themes he’s been after through the book. So, what would you expect to be there?
My 1/10/16AM sermon tried to unpack the clear Testimony To Life found in 1 John 5:6-12. What we see in this passage is a clear statement of who Jesus Christ is, implications for what that means and a demand to respond accordingly (specifically to believe). Lest you think this is only for those who don’t believe in Christianity, 1 John 5:13 rings out a call that these things were written to those who believe so that they may know that they have eternal life. I hope this sermon serves you well. There were also small group questions developed on this passage to help you engage it.
This coming Sunday, 1/10/16, we will be digging in to 1 John 5:6-12. After studying through this passage, I tweeted out: “1 John 5:6-12 in a sentence – “Testimony (about Jesus) with implications that may lead to life.” #believeinHim
So, what I hope we see this coming Sunday is a clear picture of Jesus and we’d respond accordingly. It’s going to be a great weekend studying this passage and considering it in our small groups, as well. I hope to see you there.
My 1/3/16AM sermon, Faith Overcomes from 1 John 5:1-5 is now online. One way God works assurance in His people is by showing the fruit of lives that are born of God, those who believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. This sermon unpacked the fruit of love, obedience and a reality of faith that overcomes the world. I hope it encourages you.
If I were going to ask you about how you would wage war to fight the evil of our world, what would you give as the key component of the battle? Some of us might rush to politics, money or power. But, the Bible paints this entirely different. This coming Sunday, 1/3/16, we will explore 1 John 5:1-5, which says,
“And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
Come this Sunday and see how your faith in God changes things.
My 12/27/15AM sermon, Love Perfected from 1 John 4:17-21, is now online. Just like we’d expect to be chilled walking outside on a day with a 5 degree wind chill or be satisfied after eating at a buffet, we can expect that when God moves into our lives with His love, things will be affected. His love perfected in us, means we can expect certain things to characterize our lives. These are what I tease out of this passage. Hope it helps you.