Sermon Series
  • 1. The Word Of Life

    Contributed on Apr 30, 2021
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    First John 1:1-4 gives us five certainties about the person and work of Jesus Christ.

    Scripture I am starting a new sermon series on the Letters of John. Most scholars believe that the Apostle John wrote all three letters. They also believe that John wrote the Gospel and the Revelation. John wrote the three letters most likely around the start of the final decade of the first ...read more

  • 2. Principles Of Fellowship With God

    Contributed on May 14, 2021
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    First John 1:5-2:2 shows us what is involved in having fellowship with God.

    Scripture I recently started a sermon series on the Letters of John. False teaching was infiltrating the churches in the region of Ephesus for which the Apostle John was responsible. The false teachers were teaching that they had a knowledge of God that was available only to the spiritual elite. ...read more

  • 3. The Moral Test

    Contributed on May 22, 2021
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    First John 2:3-6 gives us objective evidence that someone's profession of faith is credible.

    Scripture In his First Letter, John wrote to oppose the false teaching by setting down biblical principles of fellowship with God. He showed how genuine fellowship with God is identified by three different tests. First is the moral test, which is the test of obedience. Second is the social test, ...read more

  • 4. The Social Test

    Contributed on May 29, 2021
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    First John 2:7-11 gives us another visible, objective evidence that someone's profession of faith to be a Christian is credible.

    Scripture John wrote his three letters to oppose the false teaching that was creeping into the churches for which he was responsible. This false teaching was an early form of Gnosticism. The false teachers were claiming that they had a knowledge of God. The word “gnostic” comes from the Greek word ...read more

  • 5. The Church And The World

    Contributed on Jun 12, 2021
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    First John 2:12-17 teaches us about the church and the world.

    Scripture False teachers were spreading heresy about knowing God. In his First Letter, John wrote to encourage the church regarding their assurance of salvation. John had been coming down hard on the false teachers. He had also given clear tests about how one could be sure that one has fellowship ...read more

  • 6. The Doctrinal Test

    Contributed on Jun 18, 2021
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    First John 2:18-27 warns us about false teachers.

    Scripture In the First Letter of John, the Apostle John writes to believers in churches around the ancient city of Ephesus. False teaching has entered their churches through false teachers. These false teachers claimed that they had a relationship with God. John’s letter addresses this crisis by ...read more

  • 7. The Children Of God

    Contributed on Jun 25, 2021
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    First John 2:28-3:3 teaches us about the hope of the children of God.

    Scripture The Apostle John wrote his first letter to correct the false teaching that was being taught by false teachers. He set out three tests to evaluate whether one has a relationship with God: the test of obedience (in 1 John 2:3-6), the test of love (in 1 John 2:7-11), and the test of ...read more

  • 8. An Elaboration Of The Moral Test

    Contributed on Jul 30, 2021
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    First John 3:4-10 teaches us about the indispensable necessity for holy living.

    Scripture Let’s read 1 John 3:4-10: 4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either ...read more

  • 9. An Elaboration Of The Social Test

    Contributed on Aug 7, 2021
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    First John 3:11-18 teaches us that love is a characteristic mark of the children of God.

    Scripture As a result of poor planning, Dennis, from Katy, Texas, needed some same-day dry cleaning before he left on a trip. He remembered a store on the other side of town with a huge sign: “One-Hour Dry Cleaners.” So he drove out of his way to drop off a suit. After filling out the tag, he told ...read more

  • 10. Dealing With Doubt

    Contributed on Aug 13, 2021
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    First John 3:19-24 shows us what to do when we doubt our salvation.

    Scripture After completing high school in South Africa, I spent two years in the South African Air Force doing my compulsory military service. Early during my second year in the South African Air Force, I was converted to Jesus Christ. For much of the rest of my second year, I was in the war in ...read more

  • 11. An Elaboration Of The Doctrinal Test

    Contributed on Aug 21, 2021
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    First John 14:1-6 teaches us how to discern between truth and error.

    Scripture Let’s suppose you are new to town and you are looking for a place to worship and belong. And let’s suppose you visit a worshiping community, pick up a bulletin, and sit down. You read the mission of the group, which is as follows: “The mission of the [Blank] Temple is to encourage ...read more

  • 12. Does God Really Love Us?

    Contributed on Aug 27, 2021
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    First John 4:7-12 gives us three evidences of God's love for us.

    Scripture All in the Family was a popular 1970s CBS TV series that made the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker a household name. In one scene, Archie’s son-in-law, Michael, and his wife, Gloria, are in the kitchen. Michael is eating a sandwich and Gloria is baking cookies. Gloria asks him, “Michael, do ...read more

  • 13. Grounds Of Assurance

    Contributed on Sep 3, 2021
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    First John 4:13-21 gives us five pieces of evidence by which we may be sure that we abide in God and he in us.

    Scripture In his book titled Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism, Tim Keller writes: Many years ago, in my first pastorate, I met with a teenage girl in our congregation. She was about sixteen at the time, and she was discouraged and becoming depressed. I tried to encourage ...read more

  • 14. The New Birth

    Contributed on Sep 17, 2021
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    First John 5:1-5 shows us what the new birth produces.

    Scripture In her book titled Stay Salt, Rebecca Manley Pippert writes about the renowned child psychiatrist Robert Coles in which he told this story in a graduate class at Harvard University many years ago: “A highly regarded psychiatrist recently told me in despair: ‘I have been doing therapy ...read more

  • 15. Testimony Concerning Jesus

    Contributed on Sep 24, 2021
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    First John 5:6-12 shows us why you should believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

    Scripture In the fifth chapter of the Apostle John’s First Letter, he concludes the first paragraph of that chapter with this statement, “Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:5). But how can any person come to believe that Jesus is ...read more

  • 16. That We May Know

    Contributed on Oct 1, 2021
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    First John 5:13-17 shows us what we know as Christians.

    Scripture The Apostle John corrects false teaching by setting down three tests by which one may evaluate whether one has a saving relationship with God. The tests are moral, social, and doctrinal, also known as tests of obedience, love, and belief. John has repeated and restated these three tests ...read more

  • 17. Three Affirmations

    Contributed on Oct 8, 2021
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    First John 5:18-21 gives three affirmations that Christians know regarding their spiritual status.

    Scripture Today we are going to conclude the First Letter of John. Last time I mentioned that as John comes to the end of this letter, he wants to instill certainty in his readers about the assurance of their salvation. So, he takes up the theme of what it is that we know in 1 John 5:13-21. John ...read more

  • 18. Living In The Truth

    Contributed on Oct 16, 2021
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    Second John 1-4 teaches us about living in the truth.

    Scripture Last time, we completed the First Letter of John. Today, are going to begin studying the Second Letter of John. And in a few weeks, we will study the Third Letter of John. By the time John wrote these letters, he was an old man. He had been called by Jesus to serve as one of his ...read more

  • 19. Truth Builds The Church

    Contributed on Oct 22, 2021
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    Second John 5-13 teaches us ways in which to apply the truth in our daily lives.

    Scripture The New Testament of the Holy Bible contains three letters that were written by the Apostle John. A group of false teachers had infiltrated the churches for which John was responsible around Ephesus. They denied that Jesus was the Son of God and also taught that one needed special ...read more

  • 20. A Commendable Christian

    Contributed on Oct 29, 2021
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    Third John 1-8 shows us how a commendable Christian lives.

    Scripture The Apostle John wrote three letters toward the end of the first century. He was responsible for the churches around Ephesus. He loved the believers in the churches for which he was responsible. Some false teachers were making the rounds of the churches, teaching that Jesus was not the ...read more

  • 21. A Conceited Christian

    Contributed on Nov 12, 2021
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    Third John 9-10 shows us how a conceited Christian lives.

    Scripture We are closing in on the conclusion of our study in the Apostle John’s letters that I am calling “That You May Know That You Have Eternal Life.” John wrote three letters toward the end of the first century. He was responsible for the churches around Ephesus. He loved the believers in the ...read more

  • 22. A Consistent And A Caring Christian

    Contributed on Nov 20, 2021
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    Third John 11-15 shows us how a consistent Christian and a caring Christian live.

    Scripture This is the concluding message of our study in the Apostle John’s letters that I am calling “That You May Know That You Have Eternal Life.” John wrote three letters toward the end of the first century. He was responsible for the churches around Ephesus. He loved the believers in the ...read more