Obedient Sonship

3/4/18 - Obedient Sonship - 1 John 2:28-3:24

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Here is something many of us have discovered: throughout our twenties and early thirties, we one day wake up to discover, “I’ve become my father/mother!” The message of 1 John 2:28-3:24 is this: God’s children look like their Father. This section begins with a big picture reminder of Jesus’ return as motivation to welcome him with confidence as children rather than being among those who shrink in shame because of our faithlessness. In the end, all people will receive Jesus in one of these two ways. We are children of God or we are children of the devil.

 

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Loving Fellowship

2/25/18 - Loving Fellowship - 1 John 2:18-27

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The world likes to frame us as a people who are judgmental, spiteful or dogmatic. What if we were a peculiar people who could hold in balance truth and grace? John calls us to be a fellowship of love and Jesus commands us to love each other in such a way that the world will know that we belong to Him by how we love. Grace and truth are equally important to Him and His bride.Truthful Fellowship adores Jesus Christ, knows with confidence the anointing of the Spirit of God and abides in Him.Those who “went out” from the apostles, who denied the deity of Christ, showed themselves to be against the knowledge of what God had given and shown in Christ. John was eager to not be associated with them. He labeled them antichrists.The spirit of the world and the Devil has always been working to oppose the knowledge and work of God in the Son (2;18-19).  John, with clarity asserts to his readers that you know Him by the truth. (20-24). And as you abide in Him you will continue to know Him. We are commanded to live, abide, remain in Him. If we remain, live in the truth of Who the Son is and resist the lies of those against Christ, our fellowship would be with God the Father and the Son.

 

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Loving Fellowship

2/18/18 - Loving Fellowship - 1 John 2:7-17

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Could you imagine if Christians were known for the way they love others? Rather than the negative stereotypes about being hateful, judgmental, close-minded people, what if we became known for our love? There’s danger in posturing yourself to be seen as a loving-person, because then it could merely be a persona rather than a characteristic that is genuinely who you are. At the same time, I fear that we’ve become so concerned about being right that we’ve forgotten to be kind.

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Obedient Fellowship

2/11/18 - Obedient Fellowship - 1 John 1:5-2:6

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Is it possible to be a Christian who walks in darkness? There are many who have grown up in the church (and some who even attend regularly!) whose lives do not reflect the light of God throughout the week. 1 John 1:5 is one of the most important verses in the entire book, “God is light, in him there is no darkness at all.” John continues by making it clear that Christians who walk in darkness and refuse to confess (and repent) of their sin are not Christians at all. If God is light but we walk in darkness then we have no fellowship with God and no fellowship with each other. Instead, when we walk in darkness but claim to have fellowship with God then “we lie and do not practice the truth” (v.6).

 

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