The Letters of John

Evidence, Part 2: Truth

1 John 2:18-27
Why do professing Christians walk away? As we continue with 1 John’s third area of evidence, that of holding to the truth, we confront the nature of apostasy in the negative examples (those who fall away), and the nature and means of faithfulness in the positive one (those who abide in the faith).

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Evidence, Part 1: Obedience and Love

1 John 2:1-17
Over and over, 1 John expounds the nature and importance of three types of evidence in the lives of believers: obedience to God’s commandments, love for other believers, and adherence to the truth of the Gospel. In this message, we examine the first two, to find the nature of the evidences, what the evidences indicate, and what therefore the role of these evidences is.

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Jesus Christ the Righteous

1 John 2:1-2
Sin is the greatest problem we have. It wrecks lives, destroys relationships, and most importantly merits the wrath of God. Sadly, those engulfed in the problem are in no position to solve it. What can be done? In this text, we’ll see the heart of the good news, namely that God has provided an answer for the great problem of sin. This answer is a person, Jesus Christ the Righteous.

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God is Light and In Him is No Darkness

1 John 1:5-10
How do you think about sin? Some will deny its existence, while others will take it lightly. Many outside the church chose the former, and too many in the church opt for the latter. The Scriptures, however, deal with sin very concretely. In this text, John addresses the questions, How should we think about sin? and What are the consequences of my belief?

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Our Fellowship is With the Father and His Son

1 John 1:1-4
The essence of Christianity is summed up in John’s words, “Our fellowship is with the Father and his Son.” This is a radical statement, for from Adam to Christ no one was bold enough to call God “Father.” But through his Son, God has resolved our greatest need (justification) and given us the highest privilege (adoption as sons and daughters).

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