The Epistles of John

The Epistles of John

Be Careful Who You Imitate

As believers, we must choose the examples we follow carefully because the attitudes and actions we emulate will not only have dramatic effects upon others, but they will also give evidence of a true relationship with God, or the lack thereof.

Fellow Workers for the Truth

As believers, we have the responsibility and duty to engage in synergistic relationships with other brothers and sisters committed to advancing the truth of the gospel and bringing glory to the name of Jesus Christ.

Living in Truth and Love

As believers who have received the fullness of God’s salvation through Christ, we must live obedient lives that are characterized by simultaneously walking in truth and in love.

John’s Final Word

Since we know that our assurance, confidence, promise, and certainty come from the only true God through faith in Jesus, His Son, then we must guard our hearts against the temptation to worship worthless and counterfeit misrepresentations of Him.

Why We Are to Love One Another

Sermon #12 in the series “The Epistles of John” – Because God is love and because we are the recipients of His love, the plain duty of Christians is to love one another.

Identification, Friend or Foe

Sermon #11 in the Series “The Epistles of John” – When confronted with people who claim to teach spiritual truth, those who belong to the community of faith (because of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling) are to do two things: examine the content of their message in light of the consistent and orthodox Christology taught by the apostles, and examine the character of the audience that listens to their message.

Self-Sacrificial Love is the Proof

Sermon #9 from the series: “The Epistles of John” (Scripture Reference: 1 John 3:10-18). Sermon in Sentence – “Unlike the world who follows the example of Cain and his father the devil by giving evidence of spiritual death through hatred and murder, true children of God follow the example of Christ by loving others self-sacrificially, thereby giving evidence of eternal life.”

Who’s Your Daddy? A Spiritual Paternity Test

Sermon #8 from the series: “The Epistles of John” (Scripture Reference: 1 John 3:4-10 ). Sermon in Sentence – “Because of the nature and origin of sin, the nature and work of Christ, and the nature and lineage of the Christian, whoever willfully allows and accepts sin as a practice of their lives must honestly examine themselves to see if they truly are a child of God and have been born again.”

Why Abide?

Sermon #7 from the series: “The Epistles of John” (Scripture Reference: 1 John 2:28-3:3 ). Sermon in Sentence – “As Christians, our motivation for living holy lives rests in who we are now and like Whom we shall become.”

We Must Abide

Sermon #6 from the series: “The Epistles of John” (Scripture Reference: 1 John 2:18-37 ). Sermon in Sentence – “Since we are in the last hour of a world filled with the false teachings of antichrists, we must abide in the Word of God and in the life of the Spirit of God which protect us from deception and lead us to eternal life.”

Do Not Love the World

Sermon #5 from the series: “The Epistles of John” (Scripture Reference: 1 John 2:12-17 ). Sermon in Sentence – “If our testimony is that through Christ we have been forgiven of our sins, have come to know the Father and have experienced His victory, then we must not fall prey to the temptation to give our affections to a corrupt and fleeting world system that is in fundamental rebellion against God.”

The Tests of Obedience and Love

Sermon #4 from the series: “The Epistles of John” (Scripture Reference: 1 John 2:3-11 ). Sermon in Sentence – “The relevance or irrelevance of a past profession of faith is proven by a present and ongoing love for the Lord demonstrated by an obedience to His command to love one another.”

How Can We Know That We Know What We Know

Sermon #3 from the series: “The Epistles of John” (Scripture Reference: 1 John 2:1-6 ). Sermon in Sentence – “Our assurance of fellowship with God is based on the atoning work of our righteous Advocate, Jesus Christ, and evidenced by our obedient lives that follow His example.”

Fellowship with the Light

Sermon #2 from the series: “The Epistles of John” (Scripture Reference: 1 John 1:5-2:2). Sermon in Sentence – “In His brilliant light, God exposes the reality of the darkness of our sin that necessitated the atoning death of Jesus Christ that cleanses us and restores our fellowship with Him.”

A Fellowship of Joy

Sermon #1 from the series: “The Epistles of John” (Scripture Reference: 1 John 1:1-4). Sermon in Sentence – “The message of the gospel is that the eternal, pre-existent Son of God became flesh and died for our sins so that we might have fellowship with Him and with each other, and that we might experience eternal joy.”