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Continuing our way through 1 John by looking at what the themes of this section were addressing as well as why obedience to Jesus is such a key facet of our belief.
Is false teaching getting into the church today? Yes. Through teaching such as evolution, tolerance and post modernism. In these four verses John has a request for the chosen lady. That based on truth she love. What does love look like? Love is obeying God.
An introduction to the first epistle of John, describing the historical context surrounding the composition of this book.
As we prep to jump into our passage this week at Sovereign King, we need to keep in mind several themes that are running through the book of 1 John. Let's keep in mind that John is trying to describe what it looks like to be part of the family of God. A few weeks ago, we saw a list of attributes that define the family. o A believer will be characterized as being humble understanding that they are a sinner. o Recognizing that sin means that the child of God will live a consistent life of confessing that sin to God. o That confession and repentance will cause them to walk in the light or live a consistently growing life of obedience. o Walking in humility, confession, and obedience, will cause them to be honest about that sin never pretending to be perfect. o Each individual believer then will be part of the fellowship of other believers in a community designed by God before the foundations of the world. Building on those characteristics, John also has been developing a few themes. For example: o A child of God will be in Jesus and Jesus will be in them. o A child of God will be in the word of God and the word of God will be in them. o However, the child of God will be in the world, but the world will not and should be in the child of God. That was the theme last week where John talked about not loving the world and all that is in it, but instead, we are to have our hearts and lives centered on the cross of Christ and all that Jesus has done for us. This week, however, John takes a turn in his teaching. Instead of explaining what the child of God looks like, he is going to describe a person who is NOT a child of God. What characterizes their lives, and what attributes describe them? Though we could probably assume the opposite of everything said about the child of God, John wants to be very specific. Now before we get started, we are going to run across some controversial language in this passage. We are going to see John use the word "antichrist" this week. As we move forward, I will make the same comment that I made when we saw the word come up in the book of Luke. o Every single generation since the day Jesus ascended heaven has declared that this is the generation that Jesus is coming back. o Every single generation has picked one or more really bad people and labeled them the one and only anti-Christ o And guess what? Every single generation has been wrong. That does not mean that being mindful of the times and the people of those times is not important. It just means that we should tread lightly and carefully before we start throwing labels and titles around. To be honest, we have made a joke out of Christianity in most every generation. o We have been so quick to declare that Jesus is coming around the bend that we have neglected our responsibilities in the here and now. We have been content to let this world go to h-e-double hockey sticks in a handbasket. o And any one that we didn't vote for or any terrorist on the landscape has been declared the anti-Christ. And you know what? We look like idiots, folks. Let's not let give the impression to the world that we are ready to start stockpiling weapons and freeze dried meals in order to stock our militia camp in the woods with a bunch of hillbillies that look like the guy from the front porch of the movie Deliverance. Instead, let's be wise students of scripture and our time, all the while holding to the mandate to proclaim Jesus while demonstrating love, mercy, and justice to a hurting world. Having said all that, this week at Sovereign King, we will examine this section of 1 John looking to see what the life without Christ looks like.
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