Today we continue our mini-series in Philippians 4. We will look at verses 1-9 this is a text that you should constantly have in your spiritual tool belt. It is so important and helpful to be able to grasp a text that can quickly center your mind and stabilize your heart in the midst of storms. Please join us today as we consider the 5 ways Paul seeks to help us STAND FIRM!
In the midst of pushback and adversity, it’s easy for us to shrink or lose our joy. But Paul tells us in Philippians 4 to stand firm. Pastor Dustin shares this section to encourage us to come together than stand firm.
Today as we study 1 John 3:19-24, we come to one of the most encouraging texts in this letter aimed at our SECURITY. Led by the Spirit, John knew that the sensitive hearts of believers would struggle with self-incrimination. He knew that we would be tempted to believe Satan’s lies and plunge into seasons of doubt. So he wrote 1 John 3:19-24. What a blessing this text is to our hearts. We’ll see here that while our feelings are fallible, well-placed faith is formidable against our fear.
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!