ABIDING IN GOD’S LOVE Read 1 JOHN 4:13-18 God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16 One of the greatest human needs is to know that we are loved, but human love can be undependable, resulting in brokenness and uncertainty. The same uncertainty ...
June 12, 2017admin
GOD’S LOVE AND OURS Read 1 JOHN 4:7-12 Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11 A church member once told the pastor that the church should have a sign out front warning people away, and then launched into a litany of complaints ...
June 11, 2017admin
TESTING THE SPIRITS Read 1 JOHN 4:1-6 Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God. 1 John 4:2 Many people might remember the litmus test from high school chemistry lab. Strips of litmus paper are dipped into a liquid solution to determine the ...
June 10, 2017admin
BOLDNESS BEFORE GOD Read 1 JOHN 3:19-24 This is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 1 John 3:24 The philosopher Plutarch said, “Boldness is the most potent medicine in friendship.” This boldness is more than bravery or daring; it ...
June 9, 2017admin
LOVE IN ACTION Read 1 JOHN 3:11-18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18 Love today usually refers to feelings of affection, physical attraction, or a temporary preference. The biblical picture of love, however, is not about sentimental ...
June 8, 2017admin
A STUDY IN CONTRASTS Read 1 JOHN 3:4-10 The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 1 John 3:8 The use of contrasts can be a powerful artistic technique. By bringing together two sharply different colors or by juxtaposing two radically opposite images, the artist ...
June 7, 2017admin
LIVING AS CHILDREN OF GOD Read 1 JOHN 2:28-3:3 We know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2 Imagine a young child who admires his father. He watches his father carefully, learns to imitate his gestures and expressions, ...
June 6, 2017admin
WARNING AGAINST ANTICHRISTS Read 1 JOHN 2:18-27 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit . . . will teach you all things. John 14:26 The term antichrist has been used to describe everything from rebellious personalities to pure evil to particular theological figures. The word antichrist occurs only five times in ...
June 5, 2017admin
THE FELLOWSHIP OF CONFESSION Read 1 JOHN 1:5-2:2 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins. 1 John 1:9 According to most biblical commentators, the letter of 1 John was written in response to a group who had separated from the main Christian ...
June 2, 2017admin
TRUE FELLOWSHIP Read 1 JOHN 1:14 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. 1 John 1:3 In the December 5, 2016 issue of Nature Chemical Biology, scientists at the Salk Institute describe their discovery of a human microprotein that ...
June 1, 2017admin