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First John

Light & Love

From Dazed and Confused to Amazed and Confident

August 14, 2022 • Jay Thomas • 1 John 5:13–21

Do you ever wonder if you are really saved? Do the stories of other Christians leaving the faith, even some who were mentors of yours or pastors, throw you for a spiritual loop? How do we know that we are truly in the faith - that eternal life is waiting for us and even in us now? John finishes his letter with five confidence-fueling truths so important that we should hang the entirety of our lives on them. These truths are clear, essential, and, well, true.

Jesus Is Life!

August 7, 2022 • Jay Thomas, Gaby Correa • 1 John 5:6–12

Two things to know about our Bible teaching for Sunday. One, it will be preached in both English and Spanish in the same service. Two, it will be a word of encouragement and challenge to students going to college for the first time and returning to college in the next weeks. But, of course, it will be applicable to everyone! The text is clear - God is witness, to His Son, and His Son is life. His Son is all of life. His Son should be embraced by faith. And His Son is the fountain of all joy.

Love’s Embodiments

July 31, 2022 • Jay Thomas • 1 John 5:1–5

Often we file things like love, obedience, good doctrine, the gospel, and community into different folders. That is not how the Bible thinks. All of these issues are connected and actually should be filed in a folder labeled 'God is love'. The Apostle John, in his beautiful circular fashion, weaves these themes together in order to anchor us in God's love by believing His Son, obeying His Word, loving His children, and rejoicing in our victory over the world. Once we file these into the same folder, watch out...one's soul begins to settle down and settle into the love of God in Christ.

God Is Love

July 24, 2022 • Jay Thomas • 1 John 4:7–21

God is love. This is a bedrock truth. But, the reverse is not true. Love is not God. That is also good news. God sets the terms of love and the agenda. The terms are the truths of who Jesus is and what He has done for us. The agenda? We are to be formed into the Jesus centered, gospel defined love of God both in receiving it, seeing it, confessing it, and passing it along to others in the power of the Holy Spirit and by the fear destroying power of the gospel.

The Spirit of Authentication

July 17, 2022 • Ryan McKee • 1 John 4:1–6

God has sent us into the world to proclaim the light and truth of the gospel but there are other spirits that John says are intending to deceive us. How are we to know whether we are living by the Spirit of Truth or the spirit of error? This week John wants us to trust the Holy Spirit’s work of authenticating our faith as he commands us to test the spirits behind these prophets.

By This We Know Love

July 10, 2022 • Gaby Correa • 1 John 3:11–24

After John writes to the church the reason, the root, and the fruit (see last week's sermon) of abiding in Him, in this section; he shows us the quality, the beauty, and the blessings of the fruit now lived in the children of God.

The Root and Fruit of Abiding in Christ

July 3, 2022 • Matt Smith • 1 John 2:28–29, 1 John 3:1–10

Abiding in Christ does not always feel like the natural thing to do. It’s hard. And from one perspective, we can’t do it. It’s impossible for our human, sin-broken, distracted selves to keep our focus and rest solely at all times in the Lord. And yet, our text this week actually tells us that we must abide in Him and that in Him we have all that we need. How is this possible? Spoiler alert: it is because of who God is and who He says we are. This Sunday, we'll look at the root and fruit of abiding in Christ as our text reminds us of who God is and who we are in Him.

Do Not Be Deceived - Abide in Him

June 26, 2022 • Roddy Dinsmore • 1 John 2:15–27

The fallen desires of our flesh, along with the false teaching of those who would oppose Jesus are constantly making claims for our longings and affections. They promise a shadow of what only God himself can provide- eternal life through abiding in Christ.

Walking Like Jesus

June 19, 2022 • Malcolm Pettigrew • 1 John 2:1–14

This section of 1st John dives into some really practical advice and marching orders for us as believers. John says we shouldn't sin, that we ought to live daily in a way that walks like Jesus walks. How do we follow Jesus with an obedient life? The best news is that John doesn't just pitch these ideas and tell us to try harder. He reminds us that Jesus for us is not only the good news for when we come to faith, but every day as we live in obedience, too.

Truth In the Darkness

June 12, 2022 • Tim Safley • 1 John 1:5–10

In this Sunday's passage, John shows us that the joy that we talked about last week can be realized in the truths that are found in the next six verses. By God’s grace, we are able to have fellowship with him and each other when we put light and dark in its proper place.

Fellowship of the Joy

June 5, 2022 • Jay Thomas • 1 John 1:1–4

We begin 1st John this week. John the Apostle wrote this letter to fight for the complete joy of a congregation which was being tempted to follow the false teaching of some former brothers who had fallen into idolatrous beliefs. The bottom line for Pastor John and his flock was the truth about Jesus. Everything else flows from that truth: love, light, life, holiness, sanctification, knowledge, and fellowship with God. We begin his week with the prologue, 1:1-4.