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1 John 5:14-17  — Qualified Confidence in Prayer

1 John 5:14-17 — Qualified Confidence in Prayer

BIG IDEA: THE ASSURANCE OF A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD BRINGS QUALIFIED CONFIDENCE THAT GOD WILL ANSWER OUR PRAYERSINTRODUCTION: – Importance of Prayer – Why doesn’t God always answer our prayers?I. (:14-15) THE EXTENT AND LIMITATION OF OUR CONFIDENCE...
1 John 5:11-13  — No Christ . . . No Life

1 John 5:11-13 — No Christ . . . No Life

BIG IDEA: OUR NEW NATURE IS THE ASSURANCE OF THE POSSESSION OF THE SON HIMSELF — THUS ETERNAL LIFEI. (:11) ETERNAL LIFE IS IN THE SON “And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.”Do we have a personal...
1 John 5:6-10  — Faith is the Answer

1 John 5:6-10 — Faith is the Answer

BIG IDEA: OUR FAITH AND OUR ASSURANCE REST UPON THE HISTORICAL VALIDITY OF THE WITNESSES WHICH GOD HAS PROVIDEDI. (:6) FAITH IN GOD’S WITNESS OF THE INCARNATIONA. (:6a) Baptism of Jesus “This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ;”...
1 John 5:1-5  — How Can I Be Sure?  The Victory of Faith!

1 John 5:1-5 — How Can I Be Sure? The Victory of Faith!

BIG IDEA: THE VICTORY OF FAITH PROVES A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD –TRUE BELIEVERS WILL DEMONSTRATE A NEW NATURE(See notes from previous message; some overlap in terms of verses covered.)I. (:1) OUR LOVING RELATIONSHIP TO THE BRETHREN DEMONSTRATES OUR NEW NATUREA....
1 John 4:13-16  — How Can I Be Sure?

1 John 4:13-16 — How Can I Be Sure?

BIG IDEA: THE HOLY SPIRIT PRODUCES THE ASSURANCE OF ABIDINGINTRODUCTION: How do I know that someone is physically dead or alive? Is he thinking, moving, feeling, smelling, speaking, listening, breathing — is he acting in accordance with his nature? Problem: When...
1 John 4:7-12  — God is Love

1 John 4:7-12 — God is Love

BIG IDEA: THREE ARGUMENTS FOR LOVING THE BRETHREN(BASED ON THE TRINITY) — cf. BoiceINTRODUCTION: Problems with assurance are not solved so much by introspection (e.g. Am I one of God’s elect?) as by Faith (trusting in the promises of God) + Love (practical...
1 John 4:1-6  — The Foundation of Truth

1 John 4:1-6 — The Foundation of Truth

BIG IDEA: TRUTH IS THE BASIS FOR FAITH AND LOVE –SPIRITUAL TEACHING MUST BE EXAMINED TO IDENTIFY ITS SOURCEINTRODUCTION: There is a great tendency today to elevate love about doctrine (truth). But what is the connection and the relative importance?I. (:1)...
1 John 3:14-23  — Safe Love

1 John 3:14-23 — Safe Love

BIG IDEA: LOVE FOR THE BRETHREN PRODUCES SECURITYI. (:14-15) LOVE FOR THE BRETHREN PROVES OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GODA. (:14a) Loving Indicates Life “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren.”Piper: “Positively:...
1 John 3:10-13 — Loving the Brethren

1 John 3:10-13 — Loving the Brethren

BIG IDEA: TRANSITION: A LIFESTYLE OF PRACTICING RIGHTEOUSNESS INVOLVES LOVING THE BRETHRENI. (:10b) FAILURE TO LOVE MARKS YOU AS A CHILD OF THE DEVIL “anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his...
1 John 3:2-10  — Children of Whom?  Fruit Reveals Roots

1 John 3:2-10 — Children of Whom? Fruit Reveals Roots

BIG IDEA: OUR LIFESTYLE REVEALS OUR FAMILY IDENTITYI. (:2-3) OUR PRESENT CONDUCT SHOULD BE ELEVATED BY OUR FAMILY IDENTITYA. (:2a) Our Present Inclusion in God’s Family “Beloved, now we are children of God”B. (:2b) Our Future Expectation of Ultimate...
1 John 2:18-28  — Abiding in the Truth

1 John 2:18-28 — Abiding in the Truth

BIG IDEA: WALKING IN THE LIGHT MEANS ABIDING IN THE TRUTHI. (:18-19) ABIDING IN THE TRUTH REQUIRES RECOGNITION OF THOSE FORCES THAT OPPOSE THE TRUTHA. (:18) We are living in the age of antichrist — of apostasy and final opposition to Christ “Children, it...
1 John 2:15-17  — Separation From the World

1 John 2:15-17 — Separation From the World

BIG IDEA: WALKING IN THE LIGHT MEANS SEPARATION FROM THE WORLDI. (:15a) TOTAL SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD IS COMMANDEDA. The Nature of the Separation –“Do not love” an obligation, not an option for the believer There must be a tremendous danger here...
1 John 2:7-11  — Old But New . . . Familiar But Fresh

1 John 2:7-11 — Old But New . . . Familiar But Fresh

BIG IDEA: WALKING IN THE LIGHT MEANS LOVEI. (:7-8) THE COMMANDMENT OF LOVE SHOULD BE FAMILIAR AND YET FRESHA. (:7) It should be familiar because it is consistent with God’s revelation from the beginning “Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you,...
1 John 2:3-6  — Keeping the Commandments

1 John 2:3-6 — Keeping the Commandments

BIG IDEA: WALKING IN THE LIGHT MEANS OBEDIENCEINTRODUCTION: If we take sin seriously and avail ourselves of the ministry of Christ as our righteous Advocate and the propitiation for our sins so that we never need to despair despite our failures and shortcomings, we...
1 John 2:1-2  — Christ – Our Advocate

1 John 2:1-2 — Christ – Our Advocate

BIG IDEA: THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST ALLOWS US TO TAKE SIN SERIOUSLY WITHOUT DESPAIRINGI. (:1a) OUR GOAL IS TO COMPLETELY AVOID ALL SIN (TO TAKE SIN SERIOUSLY) (this would involve perfectly acting upon John’s instructions at the end of Chapter 1 = to take sin...