As a detour in our Studies in 1 John, we look at Psalm 1 and ponder why the first book of the Psalter seems to be about us. As Pastor Dustin digs into that chapter, it becomes clear there is more to the beginning of Psalms than first appears. And this study helps us appreciate what John is laying out for us even more.
Ever been anxious about a test? Perhaps you can relate to negative or anxious feelings about taking tests academically, or for health concerns. But, the tests that John gives to us in 2:3-11 are aimed in the opposite direction. His tests intend to calm the anxiety that many feel about their salvation. My friends, God desires that His true children would know that they are His!
In verses 3-6, we saw the test related to an individual’s relationship to the Word of God – the commands of Scripture. A person’s relationship to the Word of God is revelatory of their relationship with God. We will see a second test that is equally important and revelatory. It is the test of love.
The controversy of the Gospel isn’t any of the things that society wants to place on it. It’s the fact that it confronts our sin and nature head-on and shows us our need for a spiritual, supernatural, and single savior. Jesus.
Please join Pastor Dustin Rogers today as he teaches from Gods word in 1 John 2:3-6. In 1 John 2:3-6 John’s aim is for the people of God to know what it is to be “in” with God. The key word is “fellowship” in verse 3. He wanted the people to enjoy fellowship with God – to be welcomed…to be in the family such that you feel SECURE. What an aim this is!
Please join Pastor Mark Blowers today as he teaches from God’s Word in 1 John 2:1.
Philippians 4:13 is a verse you see slapped on bumper stickers, banners, clothing and even skin claiming victory through Christ. But a quick look shows that the victory is in contentment that dealing with trials of life is the victory we have in Christ.
Have you ever wondered how the mercy and justice of God coexist? Have you ever questioned, “Is Christianity actually unjust?” Pastor Dustin uses 1 John 2:1-2 to help us look at how to answer these questions and settle our questions. We end up pointed at a perfect and righteous God and advocate in Jesus.
Please join Pastor Dustin Rogers today as he teaches from 1 John 1:9. Verses like 1st John 1:9 can often be reduced to being a “go-to” verse to make a point or defend a doctrine. While it is a wonderful “go-to” verse on forgiveness, it’s much more. Today we will he enter the Gates of Grace and while inside these gates we find a world of pure exhilaration for the Christian.
John’s reflection on the nature of our relationship with God and how sin affects that now points to the second and third claims and pointing us toward denial and its effects on our lives. We walk through this fight that leads some of us to say that we have no sin nature or that we really haven’t sinned. The end result is a gap in our relationship with God.
In light of the events of the last year and many in our Heritage Family that are going through a difficult time we pause today our study of 1 John and reflect on John 10. Please join Pastor Dustin Rogers today as we look at the beautiful imagery of our Savior as your Good Shepherd. Indeed, our Shepherd is wonderfully Good.