In The Light

In The Light

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…