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On Sunday we finished 1 John as we cover the things we can know when we trust in Jesus work on the cross. We can know we have eternal life, we can know He hears us, we can know we have an enemy, we can know we can overcome, and we can know the one who is worthy of our worship
Introduction *The notes in this introduction rely heavily upon the following two sources: The Epistles of John by I. Howard Marshall, and 1-3 John by Robert W. Yarbrough. 1. John’s Purpose for Writing (reminder: he is writing to believers) ● that we would have a Christ-centered, Joy-filled Fellowship with God & each other (1Jn 1:1-4). ● that we may not sin, yet know we are forgiven when we do sin: thru confession & thru Christ (1Jn 1:5-2:2). ● that we may know we have eternal life (1Jn 5:13). ● all three of these purposes are themes found in 1Jn 2:12-14. 2. Three-fold Assurance of Eternal Life (found throughout 1st John) ● Doctrinal: Belief in Jesus as the Christ & the Son of God. ● Ethical: Obeying God’s commands. ● Relational: Loving God & loving one another. 3. Experiencing Assurance of Eternal Life (in 1Jn 5:13-21) ● thru Godly confidence in prayer. ● thru God’s power & protection in our daily lives. OUR ASSURANCE OF ETERNAL LIFE... 1. is based on our Faith in Jesus Christ (v13) 2. is Experienced thru Godly Confidence in Prayer (vs14-17) ● God Hears us and grants our Requests (vs14-15) ● God grows us in Christ thru our Intercessory prayers for each other (vs16-17) 3. is Experienced as God’s children: (vs18-19) thru His Power and His Protection 4. is Given to us thru the Revelation of Jesus Christ (vs20-21).
Praising God for Our Encouragement in Christ.
Praising the Lord for the life he gives us as we seek Him.
Do any of you know people that are amazingly self-assured? Their confidence just overflows when you are around them. Sometimes being around them can be encouraging, and quite honestly, some times it can be intimidating. Maybe they have the effect on you that you try your best to be at your sharpest, wittiest, and most intelligent when you are interacting with them. Either way, everyone in the room senses their confidence. A lot of athletes are like that. When the game is on the line, they want the ball in their hands. When the Super Bowl is on the line, they want the ball thrown their way. They want to stand at the plate at the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded. Moments like that are what many kids dream of and play out in the backyard every day. I had that moment my very first organized baseball game. I may have told you guys this story before, but it bears telling again. I was in 4th grade in my very first little league game. I had not stepped onto the field the entire time. My uniform would not even need cleaning. It was the bottom of the ninth, we were down, there were 2 men on base, and my coach decides to put me in as a pinch hitter. I watched the last two pitches whiz by, I struck out, and we lost the game. I handled that like many other 9 year olds do by crying my eyes out. Fast forward 20 years later, and the exact same situation came up. I was playing church softball, it was the playoffs, and I step up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. It was not lost on me at that last time that I was in the same situation, and the last time I was there I didn't come through. However, this time, I hit a bloop single that brought in two runners, and we won the game. Winning the game was enough to erase most of the pain of the 4th grade, but I was pretty sure that I was never going to be any team's go to guy on the baseball field. No matter whether you are confident or not, built into self-assurance or self-confidence is this attitude that sounds like the expression, "If it is going to be, it is up to me." There is a sense in some folks, right or wrong, that they just know if something needs to get done, they know they can count on themselves. Though this issue wavers back and forth between confidence and pride, it got me thinking about confidence and assurance in God. If I asked many of you, "Is God powerful enough to do anything?" I think many if not most of you would say, "Yes." "Is he powerful enough to create, heal, call things into existence by His very word?? I think most of you would say yes. But if I asked you if He was powerful enough to keep your salvation secure and in the process assure you that your salvation is real, I don't know if I would get as many affirmations. For some reason, we think God is powerful enough to do anything He wants in the material world, but when it comes to our heart, salvation, and assurance of that salvation, we think God either cannot or has chosen not to make us secure with Him. This Sunday, at Sovereign King, I want to remove that doubt today. Rather, John in this last sermon from 1 John wants to. John is going to use language like "knowing we believe" and "knowing you have eternal life" and "having confidence" in God. He is going to talk about what the life looks like that has confidence in God and what God has done.