Text: 1 John 4:7-21
The reality that God loves us is a common theme in todays Christian culture. Even unbelievers have an expectation that followers of God would show themselves to be loving. One of the great charges brought against the church is that we aren’t loving of people who believe or act different than we do. In truth the church has often had to walk carefully to show love to sinners, but not to condone the sin.
Jesus is our example. The people of His
Text: 1 John 4:1-6 Defining Truth
Truth is an accurate statement of reality In today’s culture the concept of objective truth is becoming obsolete. Much of our culture views truth as personal, the individual decides what is truth for themselves. This has brought about the loss of definitive understandings of truth. For example, today the broader culture is pushing for the acceptance of a new reality that has multiple genders which are undetermined by biology and s
Text: 1 John 3:18-24 Most folks struggle with fear, anxiety, and uncertainty concerning the possibility of coming face to face with God. Even Christians often express a lack of confidence about entering His glorious presence. John’s first epistle was written to encourage the saints concerning the certainty of their salvation. In verse 19 he writes to “assure our hearts before Him.” The word ‘assure’ could also be translated ‘persuade.’ John endeavors to convince us that w
Text: John 15:8 The Seed Planted Covered & Protected Grow Roots Survive Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. Matthew 13:5-8 The Plant Nourished Growth coming from God Pruning and Maturing Alive I plan
Text: I John 3:11-18 The Command from the Beginning “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 Love Provides for Us He laid down His life for us (I John 3:16) He gives us eternal life (I John 3:15) Love Proves for Us That we are more righteous than Cain (I John 3:12) That we have passed from death to life (I John 3:14) Love Produces in Us Personal Sacrifice (I John 3:16) Generosity and Compassion (I John 3:17) Truth and Actio