Today we continue the message from last week (June 13, 2021) that primarily focused on 1 John 3:16-18. In this text, we saw the kind of love that Christians should have. It’s the kind of love that Christ has displayed and His children should give. Last week we noted that this kind of love is Super and Selfless. We will see that it is, furthermore, a love that Sees and Serves. Reflected in our lives, God’s love has eyes and hands.
We see the kind of love that Christians should have in 1 John 3:10-18. It’s the kind of love that Christ has displayed, a love that is Super and Selfless. A love that sees and services, this the love God’s children have been given.
Please join Pastor Dustin Rogers today as we study at 1 John 3:10-18. We see today a second major litmus test in John’s letter as he aims at helping people find security in their relationship with God.
From a distance, it would be difficult to discern a Christian from a non-Christian. Christians don’t wear special clothes or have special hairstyles. At some level, Christians look like normal people. Normal human beings living in the world. But up close, the differences should be obvious. Up close, the Christian’s mindset and habits should signal a much different direction of life. Up close, the Christian’s loyalties are clear. In 1 Jn. 3:4-10a, the Apostle John says that it will be “Evident” who are the children of God and the children of Satan respectively.
Have you given thought to the return of Christ this week? How often would you say that you reflect upon the soon coming of Jesus? According to the Apostle John, the return of our Savior should find regular space for reflection in the Christians’ mind and heart. In fact, all the NT writers would say that Christians’ return is one of the most motivating truths for our daily life. I wonder, do you think of it that way?
In 1 Jn. 2:28-3:3, we will see that the return of Jesus should produce Expectation and Exhilaration in the heart and mind of the believer.
On this Mother’s Day, we land on 1 John 3:1 that is a fitting backdrop for a perfect love for a child or a family member. But the love described here goes deeper to express a commitment that is mesmerizing, awesome and unbreakable.
As we study 1st John 2:18-27 this morning, we will again see John affectionately and protectively bringing a message of assurance to the people. I trust that his aim of assurance and security in Christ is seeping into our hearts as well!
Please join Pastor Dustin Rogers today as we study 1 John 2:12-17. In verses 12-14 John adds a word of encouragement. In fact, what we find here should jump off the page to the believer and maybe cause the believer to jump for joy as well. Then in verses 15-17, John brings us back to earth to ensure that we remember to stay alert and engaged in an ongoing conflict. We will have a great opportunity for encouragement to Be Amazed at what we have in Christ! Moreover, we’ll be challenged to Stay Engaged in the battle all around us,
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.