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OK How many times have you heard that we think by been mostly good we will get into heaven. Lets take a different walk today and look at the scriptures possibly in a way that you have not heard before and re exam your way of thinking.
God has called us to be his ambassadors at work, to love the people at our work, so they will see the difference Jesus makes and want to know him too. But often instead of loving others at work, we hate them because they make us fearful, angry, and discouraged! But we can change by: 1) Waking up to the real conflict. 2) Getting dressed with our new identity. And 3) Doing battle with the weapons of love!
It has been said that love means never having to say I'm sorry. On the contrary, love means a willingness to sacrifice self for the benefit of others. The Apostle Paul demonstrated this as he tells the Thessalonians in his first letter to them, 1 Thessalonians 2:17-39. Paul gives them his thinking and experience as he writes to them to let them know his heart for them as he has received word from Timothy regarding their faith in Christ. A demonstration of love is a demonstration of true faith in Jesus!
Jesus was tempted in the desert, as well as later during his last days.
In part 6 of our Ephesians study, Pastor Jeremy looks at the beginning of chapter 2 on the three things every Christian needs to remember.
The Christian life can be hard. Not because of Jesus and the mission of renewal that He calls us to. But because we fight that renewal so hard in our own lives. Instead we stick to old thought and behavior patterns that hurt us, rather than help us, or we think to highly of ourselves while we compare ourselves to someone that we are better than. Jesus knew that would be the case for us, which is why He sends us the Helper to help. The Helper (the Holy Spirit) helps us by 1) making us aware of our bad patterns by convicting us of sin, by 2) showing us the bankruptcy of trusting in our fleeting accomplishments and by 3) defeating the devil which tempts us. Through obedience in hearing and trusting the truth of the Helper we grow in our obedience, in our mission and in our glorifying of God.
ABIDING AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD: with Eschatological Hope in Christ and thru His Victory over Sin and the Devil (1 John 2:27-3:10 * Message #6/14) 12-06-09
Sermon notes in outline form (which are easier to read) are made available upon request thru email to Pastor Marcus Johnson at: firstname.lastname@example.org. INTRODUCTION: JOHN’S TEACHING ABOUT SIN & THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. A. SUMMARY: God is light, in Him there is no darkness, and His spirit and His word abide in believers, who have fellowship and eternal life with Him thru Jesus Christ (1Jn 1:5ff; 2:27; 4:13ff; 5:20). Therefore, true believers cannot continue in sin (1:6ff; 3:3-10). Yet, Christ is our advocate and forgives us when we do sin and confess our sins (1:8-2:2; 5:16-17). However, Christ’s victory over sin, the world and the devil means we no longer live in bondage to these powers, for His anointing abides in us, revealing “gospel” truth to us, guarding us from being deceived, and making us strong-overcomers who love one another (2:12-27; 3:5-8,16ff; 4:4; 5:20). Nevertheless, we must guard against the temptations of sin, the deception of false teachers, and in thinking we are sinless as Christians (1:8; 2:15-17; 5:16-20). B. EMBRACING THE “IDEAL” CHRISTIAN LIFE WITH HUMILITY: John emphasizes both the obedient (sin-free) ideal Christian life expected of us, as well as the on-going need to acknowledge our sin and turn to our advocate: Jesus Christ. Two sides of the Same Coin (two examples): 1st, if we claim to be without sin we deceive ourselves, however, if we keep on sinning we have not been born of God (1:7; 3:4-10). 2nd, No one who abides in Christ keeps on sinning (3:6,9; 5:17-18), but if we do sin, we have an advocate: Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, who takes away our sin (2:1-2; 3:4). I. ABIDING AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD: WITH ESCHATOLOGICAL HOPE IN CHRIST. A. WE ABIDE WITH CONFIDENCE: in the Gospel and at the 2nd Coming (vs27-29). [This is an Eschatological Perspective: John has in view “who we will be” when Christ returns, yet he sees this as a transformation that is already taking place, as this purifying hope of seeing Christ and becoming like Him purifies us from sin in the present (2:27-3:3; 5:4,18). This is the already but not yet perspective: God’s love is already perfected in us as we obey Him and love one another (2:5; 4:12; 5:1-5), but we will not yet be fully like Jesus (conformed into His likeness) until He appears (2:27)]. B. WE MARVEL AT THE FATHER’S LOVE: as His beloved children in this world (v1). C. WE PURIFY OURSELVES: knowing that we will see Christ and be like Him (vs2-3). II. ABIDING AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD: THRU HIS VICTORY OVER SIN AND THE DEVIL. A. CHRIST HAS TAKEN AWAY OUR SIN: therefore we do not keep on sinning (vs4-7). [Examples/Definitions of Sin in 1st John: walking in darkness and claiming to be without sin (1:6-10), disobeying God’s word (2:3-6); not loving one another (2:9-11; 3:16ff); loving the world (2:15-17); false teachings and not believing in Jesus Christ (2:18-27; 4:1-6; 5:10-12); and lawlessness (3:4-9)]. B. CHRIST HAS CONQUERED THE DEVIL: therefore we do not practice sin (v8). C. GOD’S SEED ABIDES IN US: therefore we practice righteousness! (vs9-10).