This coming Sunday (12/27/15), we’ll be back in 1 John again, studying 1 John 4:17-21. The big idea is God perfecting love in us and what it means. I love how Paul Tripp summarizes it: “the longer you walk with God…the more loving you become.” What a great way to end the year, thinking about God working love in His people. I hope to see you this Sunday.
My 12/20/15AM sermon, Christmas in 1 John, looked at various texts in 1 John. Many times we can get stuck at Christmas studying the Bible just looking at the familiar stories of the Gospels (Matthew 1 and Luke 1-2). In recent years, I’ve tried to tease out this theme in the various books of the Bible we’re studying and this was the case yesterday. Christmas in 1 John could be summarized as the Father sent the Son, the Son came in the flesh, and through Him we get life. I hope it helps you.
This coming Sunday, 12/20/15, I’m hoping to do have a fun journey into some themes related to Christmas in the book of 1 John, which we’re currently working through as a church.
Here’s a graphic on one verse that has especially captured my attention:
This isn’t the first time I’ve done this. I did a series called Christmas in Hebrews. I’ve also done a sermon on Christmas in the Book of the Revelation. So, take time to week and browse through the book of 1 John and see what Christmas themes you can find and let’s compare notes on Sunday.
My 12/6/15AM sermon, Abiding: Him and Us from 1 John 4:13-16, sought to expose one thing from the text: how do we know that we abide in God and He abides in us. And, the answer is pretty simple: God. Yes, God’s given us His Spirit, which allows us to confess His Son and this is all an overflow of His love. So, if you’re weary from burning your wheels to impress God, abide in Him. Be freed from all the burden and rest in what He’s done to give His people assurance. I hope it blesses you.
I love the connection that Danny Akin makes, glorying in how the Father sent His Son as the world’s Savior. In 1 John, we see many things the Father has accomplished by His Son.
In the Son the Father…
- revealed the word of life (1 John 1:1)
- brought eternal life (1 John 1:2)
- cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7)
- gave us an advocate (1 John 2:1)
- propitiates our sin (1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10)
- gives us an example to follow (1 John 2:6)
- sent the Messiah (1 John 2:22-23)
- makes possible the new birth (1 John 2:29)
- sent the righteous and sinless One (1 John 2:29; 1 John 3:4)
- takes away our sin (1 John 3:5)
- destroys the work of the Devil (1 John 3:8)
- sacrificed His Son (1 John 3:16)
- gives us life (1 John 4:9)
My 11/22/15AM Sermon, God Is Love from 1 John 4:7-12, is now online. I love how big this truth of God’s love works through the lives of those who are believers. Here’s one quote I used from Paul Tripp:
“If you ceased to love, you’d be an unpleasant human being but you would cease to be human. The same cannot be true of God, though. If He ceased to love, He’d cease to be God, because He IS love.”
Because God is Love, we are compelled to act in very specific and pointed ways. This sermon tried to tease out some of these and I hope it proves helpful for you.
This coming Lord’s Day (11/22 to be precise), I hope to be preaching from 1 John 4:7-12. This passage repeatedly (see vv.7, 11 and 12) calls us to love one another because God is love. Here is a great action step to take as you think about this passage from Steve Lawson:
My 11/15/15AM sermon, Test The Spirits (with Small Group Questions) from 1 John 4:1-6, is now online. It’s nearly impossible to question someone’s spirituality in the day and age we live in. Everyone gets a “whatever works for you” pass. But, God seems to have some sort of standard. And, this sermon was my attempt to deal with what this standard is. I hope it encourages you and helps you live.
This coming Lord’s Day, we plan to look at 1 John 4:1-6 and it’s call to test the spirits. If you have time, here’s the passage:
 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,  and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.  Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.  They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them.  We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
I love what Piper says this means for believers in his sermon Test The Spirits to See Whether They Are From God:
I hope these things encourage you to dig in to what we’ll consider this coming Sunday.
My 11/1/15AM sermon, Assuring Love from 1 John 3:19-24, is now online. This sermon helped showcase what God is up to in calling us to love and how this works to build assurance in us. So, the big aim of John – helping us know that we have eternal life – was tied to the practical aim of 1 John 3 – having our identity in love. These two purposes were fused in action. I hope this sermon proves helpful and encouraging to you.