Tuesday, November 15, 2016

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 5:6-12 The Testimony

1 John 5:6-12 The Testimony
preached 11-13-16

I. The Testimony of Jesus vs 6

II. The Testimony of the Spirit  vss 6-7

III. The Testimony of the Father  vs 9

IV. The Testimony of the Believer vss 10-13

A. We have been given eternal life vs 11
B. The one who believes has life vs 12

C. You will know you have life vs 13

Monday, November 7, 2016

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 4:7-19 Perfect Love

1 John 4:7-19
Perfect Love Casts Out Fear!

I. Love Presented

A. Love is From God ... and God is Love vss 7-9

B. Love is revealed (vs9)

C. Love Consists in this vs 10

II.  Love Proven  (and Perfected) vs 12

A. God's love in us vs 12

B. God's love assures us

- through the Holy Spirit vs 13
- through the testifying vs 14
- through the confession vs 15

III. Love Perfected

A.  There is no fear in love vs 18

B.   Perfect love drives out Fear vs 18

C.  Love is greater than punishment vs 17-18

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 4:1-6, 5:1-5

Illuminated  10-31-16
1 John 4:1-6, 5:1-5
Greater is the One in Us

I. Test the Spirits 4:1

A. Societal Relativism of Truth
B. Deception of Immorality
C. The Work of the Anti-Christ

II. The Test of the Spirit of God 4:2-3

A. Confession of Jesus as the Christ 4:2, 5:1
B. Acknowledgement of His Nature 4:2
C. Lack of Confession verifies the spirit is not from God  4:3

III. Greater is Christ in You - Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world

A.  You are born of God, and thus Greater 4:4, 5:1
B. You obey God and thus are have Victory 5:4-5
C.  Because we are in Christ: (let's put this in a personal and practical perspective)

1. The grace of God is greater than your guilt
2. The love is God is greater than your shame
3. The comfort of God is greater than your sorrow
4. The strength of God is greater than your weakness
5. The hope of God is greater than your despair
6. The plan of God is greater than your agenda
7.  The power of God is greater than your adversity
8. The provision of God is greater than your need
9. The deliverance of God is greater than your temptation

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 3:10-20 Living a Different Kind of Love

Illuminated 1 John 3:10-20
Living a Different Kind of Love

I.  Love's Message

A. Love One Another - 3:11
B. The Lack of Love is Equated With Evil - 3:12
C. Love of our Christian Family is the Fruit of Salvation - 3:14
D. The Lack of Love is Equated with Death - 3:15-16

II. Love's Messenger  3:16-17

III. Love's Method

A. We Sacrifice - 3:16
B. We Serve - 3:17
C. We Speak - 3:18
D. We Act - 3:18

IV. Love's Confidence

A. Confidence of His Truth in Us When We Love - 3:19
B. Confidence in His Love, it is Greater Than Our Hearts -  3:20

C. Confidence in His Full Knowledge of Us - 3:20

A Unique Look at 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

The following is a paraphrase of the “love” verses based on the question of “what if one paraphrased love as a negative rather than a positive?”  This gives a unique and startling perspective on love and highlights the positive attributes of the kind of love that God has for us and gives to us.

First, the text from the NIV:

1 Cor 13: 4-8  4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails . . .  (NIV)

A Paraphrase of the Negative Concept:

What if ... Love is short fused, impatient, hurried and rude; it is irritable and often annoyed by others.  It is jealous and resentful, arrogant, prideful and bragging, puffs up and shows off.  It is impolite and discourteous, even disrespectful; and selfish, imposing, demanding.  Flashes with rage, sets off easily; holds grudges, and is bitter; keeps track of mistakes, and uses them as leverage.  Love appreciates inequity and watches gleefully any wrong doing; squashes the truth, hides the truth, doesn’t listen to truth.  Love preserves self, takes advantage of others, doubts others, suspects others, disbelieves others; love renounces, quits, resigns, falls short, lets down, disappoints, dissatisfies.  Love always fails.

A Paraphrase of the Positive Concept:
Love is not short fused, impatient, hurried or rude; it is not irritable and never annoyed by others.  It is not jealous, resentful, arrogant, prideful and bragging; nor does it puff up and show off.  It is polite and courteous, even respectful, and self sacrificing; never imposing or demanding.  Love doesn’t flash with rage, doesn’t set off easily; holds no grudges, and refuses to be bitter; doesn’t track mistakes to use as leverage.  Love appreciates equity and cannot take part in any wrong doing; it cannot squash the truth or hide the truth, and always listens and speaks truth.  Love is not self preserving, takes no advantage of others, doesn’t doubt others, nor suspects and disbelieves others; love will not renounce, quit, resign, fall short, let down, disappoint, or dissatisfy.  Love always triumphs and never fails.

 (written by Mark W. Gregory)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 2:28-3:10

1 John 2:28-3:10
Being Children of God

I. The Claim as Children
A. Bold and not ashamed vs 2:28
B. Doing what is right vs 2:29
C. Called children by His great love vs 3:1

II. The Calling as Children
A. The world doesn't know us vs 3:1
B. We are called be like Him vs 3:2
C. We are to be pure vs 3:3

III. The Commission as Children
A. Living beyond the grasp of sin vss 4-6
B. Living for righteousness vs 7
C. Living for the Son vss 8-10

Monday, October 10, 2016

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 2:18-27 The Line in the Sand

1 John 2:18-27
The Line in the Sand

Introductory Comments: These verses draw a definitive line between:
1. Those who are in the Father/Christ or not
2. Those who oppose the Father/Christ or not
3. Those who confess the Father/Christ or not

I. The Defining Line - at the Last Hour vss 18-19
A. Some have gone out
B. Some have remained true
C. The Antichrist and antichrists

II. The Anointed Ones vss 20-23

A. You have the Holy One and the Holy Spirit
B. You have adequate knowledge
C. No lie comes from the truth

III. The Remnant Remains  vss 24-27

A. What you heard must remain

B. Do not be deceived
1. by false teaching/teachers
2. by knowledge that is prideful
3. by reason that justifies sin

C. The Anointing remains
1. The Holy Spirit remains in you
2. The Holy Spirit will teach you

1 John Series: Illuminated 1 John 2:12-17 The Great Trade

 Illuminated 1 John 2:12-17 
The Great Trade

I. The Reason for Writing

Question 1: What's the Reason for the Passage?

Question 2: Who are the Children, the Fathers, and the Young Men?

Question 3: What is the sequence of responses?

II. The Resulting Trade

Question 4: What is the Connection?

Question 5:  What is the Contrast?

                Father                                                                                   World
Forgiveness and Healing                                               Guilt and Shame
Healthy Relationships                                                    Broken and Dysfunctional Relationships
Victory and Progressive Sanctification                    Self Improvement without Sustained Capacity
Satisfaction and Fulfillment                                         Self Absorption without Satisfaction
Permanent                                                                         Temporary


Question 6: What are the Implications?

1. There is a baseline of grace and mercy resulting in forgiveness and relationship.
2. We know God through His Word and we experience Him in our daily walk.
3. We walk in strength through increasing our knowledge of His Word.
4. Movement toward the Father moves you away from the world.
5. A Growing love for the Father displaces in your heart a love for the world.
6. Though you remain in the world, the pull of the world diminishes as you grow stronger in the Lord and in His Word.