The Hindrance of Worldliness

1 John 2:15-17 We must love God and not the world’s system. Because the world’s virtues are not God’s virtues (1 John 2:15b-16). Because the world’s system is temporary (1 John 2:17).

The Truth about Hate

1 John 2:7-14 Commandment – 1 John 2:7-8 Condition – 1 John 2:9-11 Confirmation – 1 John 2:12-14 “Hate can be expressed in two different ways. It can be active, in that we indulge in malicious talk or injurious actions toward another. We can strike them, or beat them, or throw our garbage over their fence, or mistreat them in some way. We can attack them, we can slander them behind their back. All these are active expressions of hate,…

Keeping Christ in Our Christianity

1 John 2:1-6 We must keep Christ’s commands to fellowship in Christ… We are able not to sin. Christ makes restored fellowship possible if we do sin. Advocacy Propitiation God’s love is maturing us.

Confession of Sin

1 John 1:5-10 The Reality of Sin – Romans 3:23 The Result of Sin – John 10:28-29 The Remission of Sin – Proverbs 28:19, Acts 3:19-20 Confess – to agree with how God sees and what He says about our sin.

Introduction to 1st John

This week we begin a sermon series on the book of 1st John. Author: John the Apostle Date: 80’s or 90’s AD Addressees: Believers in Asia Minor Occasion: Heresy, Immorality, and Conflict Purposes: Fellowship, Joy, Holiness, Assurance Summary: John urges believers to fellowship in Christ by exposing the antichrist teachers.

Walking by Faith

Ecclesiastes 11:1-8 Walk by faith by giving what you can’t keep – Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 Walk by faith by surrendering what you can’t control – Ecclesiastes 11:3-4 Walk by faith by trusting when you don’t understand – Ecclesiastes 11:5-6 Walk by faith by enjoying life in its proper place – Ecclesiastes 11:7-8

The Limitations of Human Wisdom

Ecclesiastes 9:1-10:20 Wisdom does not spare anyone from death (Ecclesiastes 9:1-10). Wisdom does not prevent unexpected events (Ecclesiastes 9:11-12). Wisdom is unappreciated (Ecclesiastes 9:13-16). A wise reputation is easily tainted (Ecclesiastes 9:17-10:20).

The Emptiness of Brokenness

Ecclesiastes 7:1-8:17 Wrong expectations lead to: despair – I can’t do this anymore anger – I can’t believe God would allow this unbelief – There isn’t any God at all.  1. The Perception: The righteous suffer, the wicked prosper Ecclesiastes 7:14-17 and 8:14-15 God’s purposes in suffering and trials: Reveals our heart Produces character Tests and strengthens our faith Shows the brokenness of the world John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have…