The message dealt with the Bible’s teaching that every person is made in the image of God and reflects the glory of God. The message challenged each of us to turn from and stand against the evil of racism. We can no longer act like racism is a problem that was solved in the 60’s. We must continually repent of any racism that creeps up in our minds and hearts. We should seek to stand against racism as it raises its ugly face in our nation’s institution. Why? Because, first, it dishonors our Savior who died for people from every tribe and language and people and nation. Second, because we know every person is made in the image of God. God sees that one human being is worth way more than all the stuff in the world. Jesus said in Mark 8:36 “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” One person, one man, woman, boy or girl is worth more than all the stuff and fame of the world. We should see each other in that way and understand that each person somehow reflects the image of God and should be treated with the utmost respect. Third, we should see every person as a person who needs to come to know the love and forgiveness of God. We should see every person as a person for whom Christ died and who without Him will perish. God graciously entrusts believers with caring for people who are all made in the image of God. Our Lord Jesus expects us to turn from and stand against racism. God help us to do this today and every day.
1 John 3:19-24
John encourages us to seek a heart that’s confident of God’s love and complete forgiveness through the cross of Christ, and leave behind a heart condemned by unforgiven sin or a needlessly guilty conscience.
1 John 3:11-18
In today’s Scripture text from 1 John 3:11-18, we learn that agape love is essential to the believer. Christ displays this love, and our conversion to Christ enables our love, and God demands our love expressed in practical action, and not just in words.
(Note: Audio is unavailable for this sermon.) God’s forever children are encouraged to be like Jesus by our duty (to demonstrate conversion), dignity (as God’s loved children), and destiny (of sharing the glory of Christlikeness).
1 John 2:18-27
To stand firm in the truth of God’s Word in these confusing times requires an awareness of antichrists (with their false teaching), an anointing of the Spirit of Truth, and a constant abiding with the Father and Son.
1 John 2:12-17
(Note: Only the first 17 minutes of the sermon were recorded.) John reminds us of our identity as God’s children, with our various stages of spiritual growth; and warns us against the downward pull of the fallen world, in which we live as God’s faithful witnesses, living godly lives in an ungodly world.
1 John 2:1-2
(Sermon audio is unavailable for this message.) When we as believers sin (whether in thought, word, action, or omission), we must realize the reality of sin (what it is and does), and our relationship with Christ, who is our Helper and has solved our sin problem, and has transformed us from habitual sinners to God’s dear children, his saints who desire to overcome sin’s power.