The Epistles of John
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.
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.
As believers, we must beware of the insidious danger of any teaching that denies Jesus’ full divinity and full humanity, and we must not aid and abet those who proclaim such heresy.
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.
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.
Our only hope for the eternal life God offers is a genuine faith in Jesus Christ, whose baptism and atoning sacrifice, along with the witness of the Holy Spirit, testify that He is the Son of God.
Those who have experienced the new birth into the family of God will love their brothers and sisters, obey their Father’s commands, and claim victory over the world through their faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
When we love one another as God commands, we reveal His self-initiating, perfected love to the world, which proves that we abide in Him and He in us, and gives us confidence before Him.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Introduction to the series “The Epistles of John.” Introduction to 1 John.