In The Light

We’ve Got You Scheduled

1 John 5:13-21 Jesus now protects us as His family. We have a choice to make to not sin, and we have a way back when we do sin. But for the Christian, whether you sin or not, there’s no way for you to lose your salvation. The evil one cannot steal someone from the family of God. Jesus is infinitely able to keep you. This is important because it can feel really ugly down here sometimes. The entire world…

The Three Witnesses

1 John 5:6-12 God is truth. So the way He loves is entirely through truth. Being truthful. When He established Israel as His people, He commanded them to be truthful because that’s the path to life and peace. Telling the truth – getting to the truth – matters tremendously to God. The entire system that God set up required witnesses, truth tellers. Before a person was to be sentenced, he or she needed proved guilty or innocent by 2 or…

If You Love the Father

1 John 5:1-5 The Gospel is big enough and powerful enough to make us lovers of God and of every single sibling in our new family. If you’re sitting there wondering, am I really doing this? John says, “Look at your life. Look at your decisions. Look at your commitments. Look at all of it to see if you are living for God and obeying all of His commands. If you’re loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, and…

A Tangible Reality

1 John 4:7-21 Here’s the amazing thing – beyond amazing. John is saying that when you and I come together – Sundays, Wednesdays, throughout the week, in our homes perhaps – when we come together as God’s people to love each other like God loves, the invisible God becomes a tangible reality. Tangible means capable of being touched. It means actual, rather than invisible. It means definite, not vague, not elusive, not abstract, but concrete. When we show up to…

The File Test of Christianity

1 John 4:1-6 Start with the person and work of Jesus. The true Spirit of God is going to get the doctrine of the Son of God correct. The Spirit of God always glorifies the Son of God. Always tells the truth about the Son. So the first test of which spirit you’re listening to is: Is the person speaking the truth about Jesus? The second test is to examine what the world thinks of them. Remember, the world has…

Getting What We Want

1 John 3:11-24 Comparison leads to jealousy. Jealousy leads to hatred. If it reaches hatred, according to God, we’ve murdered. We’ve taken life. This is not the stuff of the family of God. This is not what Jesus did. He didn’t take life. He gave life away. “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” (1 John 3:16) Here is the purest most direct biblical…

Undeniable Family Resemblance

1 John 2:28-3:10 This is where it gets challenging. You cannot be a son or daughter of God and carry a casual attitude toward sin. If you think you’re a Christian but don’t really care about ethical and moral purity, you’re fooling yourself. If you adopt and accept sin as if it’s a part of you, you may not be in God’s family. Becoming a child of God is supposed to change everything about how we act, how we quit sin…

Making the Abstract Concrete

I John 2:18-29 What if God doesn’t want to be abstract, but rather concrete, clearly defined, absolutely knowable? How would He do that? God’s answer to that question is Jesus. “The image of the invisible God.” “Immanuel: God with us.” In this world, we love to talk about spirituality. We love to talk about God. We love to talk about love. We use these abstract words and are comfortable with them because it keeps God out there, undefined, where we…

Going with the Grain

1 John 2:12-17 Each of us has two options when it comes to the thing, or Person, we choose to center our lives around. We can either love the world or we can love God. What is the world? John answers that question by describing the world’s drives or values, “For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions – is not from the Father but…

Two Kinds of Christians

1 John 2:7-11 Because of sin, we all start out selfish. Becoming a Christian doesn’t make our selfishness disappear. Studying the Bible, gaining a better grasp on who God is, growing up in a Bible-teaching church, none of that makes your selfishness and hatred just go away. Meeting Jesus and getting to know Him doesn’t automatically make us loving. Remember the disciples who actually lived with Jesus for three years? Remember how on the night that Jesus sweat blood because…
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