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Continuing our study of 1 John by looking at the call of Christians in interacting with the world. A call to recognize where we do and where we should call our headquarters, and what responsibility we have in Christ's transforming work over "every square inch."
We can either boast in the flesh or boast in the cross of Jesus Christ.
1. The Universal and Fundamental Problem of the Human Race (vs9-20) ● All of humanity is under sin and deserves God’s wrath. ● We are all held accountable to God and cannot save ourselves. 2. The Saving-Righteousness of God has been Made Known (vs21-26) ● The long dark night is over: and the new age in Christ has dawned (adapted from John Stott). ● God’s gift for all who believe: we are justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. ● God’s justice and God’s love are reconciled on the cross: Do you have faith in Jesus? 3. The Life-transforming Power of Justification by Faith in Jesus Christ (vs27-31) ● God will judge the proud in heart who boast in themselves: so live by faith in Jesus and we will not be put to shame. ● God is one and the ground is level at the cross: so love one another and live in unity for God’s glory. ● God empowers His people for godly witness to the nations: so be obedient from the heart through the spirit’s power.
In this sermon we see how Paul reminds the Corinthians what they were without Jesus, and what they should really be bragging about.
What does it mean to boast in the Lord?
Being wise is much than knowing stuff. Much, much more.
The cross is the epicenter of God's story of redemption. The cross of Christ will either be a scandal to you or the wisdom and power of God to you. The beautiful opportunity for all people is to get over the scandal of the cross to receive the scandalous power of the cross. For those who do, their boast is in the cross of Christ alone.