Love One Another | 1 John 3:5-10

Thursday, 20 November 2014 15:50  | By

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In 1 John 3:11 we encounter, once again, the command to love other Christians.  In 1 John 3:12-24 we find several specific ways in which we are to do so on a practical level.  This Sunday we're going to look at these ways in order that we'd love in these ways.  Please pray for me as I prepare for this sermon and for yourselves and one another as you prepare to listen.  It's exciting to imagine what Grace will look like as we increasingly love one another in these ways.  

Dead and Dying to Sin | 1 John 3:5-10

Saturday, 15 November 2014 18:05  | By

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This Sunday we're going to briefly examine Scripture's answers to the following questions:

  1. How does being a Christian affect my relationship to sin?
  2. Why does God allow sin's pull to continue and even grow in strength at times?
  3. Is it even possible to obey the bible’s clear and repeated commands for holiness?
  4. How can we obey the bible’s commands for holiness?
  5. Why would we want to make our lives more difficult by pursuing holiness?

The heavy emphasis of this sermon will be on the final two questions.  It is my hope and prayer and eager expectation that we'll all walk away from this Sunday's sermon with a clear understanding of how and why we are to walk in holiness.  Please pray that God would do this great work through his Word and his Spirit.  And please pray that he'd do so by granting me the ability to faithfully preach his Word and you the earnest desire to walk in the power of the Spirit. 

The Pull and Power of Sin | 1 John 3:5-10

Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00  | By

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How many of you would immediately push a button which would instantly take away all desire for sin if God were to offer it to you?  Of course you would.  We all would—all of us who are truly trusting in Jesus would, anyway.  Of course, there is no such button and, again, therein lies the uncomfortable tension. 

This leaves us with a series of difficult and, if we’re being honest, frustrating questions.  From where does our desire to sin come?  Why is it so strong?  Will it ever lessen?  Will it ever end?  Why does God allow it to continue and even seemingly grow in strength at times?  How does being a Christian affect my relationship to sin?  Is it even possible to obey the bible’s clear and repeated commands for, or meet the bible’s clear expectation of, holiness (which are plentiful in 1 John)?  If so, how?  And finally, why would we want to make our lives that much more difficult by pursuing holiness?  Over the next two weeks we are going to look at each of these questions in turn.  Please pray with me that I would be able to speak clearly and truthfully, that we would all listen actively and with a determination to apply what we learn, and that in all of this God would be glorified.

In Him There is No Sin | 1 John 3:5

Saturday, 01 November 2014 10:54  | By

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I mentioned two weeks ago in my sermon on 1 John 3:3 that "Holiness never comes from the pursuit of holiness in itself.  Holiness always comes from right thinking, informed by the word of God and empowered by the Spirit, which produces the desire to work for and effect of Christlikeness."  One of the most remarkable holiness-motivating truths of God's Word is that in Jesus, the God-man, there is no sin.  In other words, if the notion of the sinlessness of Jesus were to truly make its way into our minds and hearts it would empower us to turn from sin and to righteousness like little else.  This morning, then, we are going to look closely at him in whom "there is no sin."  Please pray with me that God would grant us, through is Word and by his Spirit, a clear view to the sinlessness of Jesus in order that it'd produce in us the same type of purity.

This Sunday we will celebrate the Lord's Supper together. Please join us! 

By This it is Evident... | 1 John 3:4-10

Thursday, 23 October 2014 19:49  | By

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In the coming weeks we'll look more closely at the different clauses of these verses.  This morning, however, we're going to look at all of them collectively so that we don't miss their clear message (which is captured in v.10): True children of God are characterized by righteous behavior, especially love for other Christians; and, conversely, true children of the devil are characterized by unrighteous behavior and apathy or hatred toward Christians.  John wrote this in order to remind the Christians of what they already knew in order that they would repent of their sins, gain certainty of their salvation, and grow toward full joy in Jesus.    Let's pray that God would do the same work in us.