May 17, 2020

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Truth from the Beginning (1 John 1:1 – 1 John 2:2) 

“Who Jesus has always been, frees us to become who He always planned for us to be”

1. The Truth of Christ (1:1-7)

“We begin with the truth of who Jesus is and what he has done.”

A. Witness of Christ (1:1-4)

B. Truth of Christ (1:1-4, 6, 8, 10)

C. Light of Christ (1:5-7)

2. The Truth of Forgiveness (1:8-2:2)

“We continue with the freedom of the true forgiveness we receive from Jesus.”

A. Freedom of Forgiveness (1:8-10)

B. Freedom for Us (2:1)

C. Freedom for Others (2:2)

May 24, 2020

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Confirmation in Consequence (1 John 2:3-14)

“We can be confident in our intimate relationship with God by how it transforms and shapes our lives.”

1. The Consequence of Faith (3-8)

“Our intimate relationship with God defines our actions, love, and witness.” 

A. Consequence of knowing God (3-4)

B. Consequence of perfect love (5-6)

C. Consequence of the old/new (7-8)

2. The Application of Consequence (9-14)

“The love of God extends to those around us, no matter what stage of spiritual development we are in.” 

A. Love to our neighbor (9-11)

B. Love in us all (12-14)

May 31, 2020

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Clarity Among Deception (1 John 2:15-27)

“Our love is transformed; moving away from sin, protected from deception, and moved toward God.” 

1. The Love of the World (15-17)

“The temporary love of the world can sneakily lure us away from the eternal love of God.” 

A. The contrast of worldly love (15)

B. The expression of worldly love (16)

C. The limit of worldly love (17)

2. The Deception of Antichrists (18-27)

“Antichrists deceive, challenge, and question us; but God chooses, gives, and abides in us.” 

A. Antichrist vs antichrists (18-19)

B. Christ vs antichrists (20-23)

C. Clarity vs antichrists (24-27)

June 7, 2020

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Moral Identity in God (1 John 2:28-3:10)

“Who we are and what we stand for is determined by who God is not by what others say.” 

1. Root of our identity (2:28-3:3)

“Those who abide and hope in God become righteous like God, as His children.”

A. Abide in God (2:28-3:1a)

B. Hope in God (1b-3)

2. Root of our morals (3:4-10)

“Sin is walking apart from God, while righteousness is walking with God and displaying the love of God.” 

A. Sin is lawlessness (4-6)

B. Sin is of the devil (7-10)

June 14, 2020

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Trust God, Love Others (1 John 3:11-24)

“Our closeness to God can be measured by our trust in Christ and our love for one another”

1. Love with our life (11-18)

“Avoiding the common trap of hate, we choose to love one another with sacrificial service.”

A. Love & Murder (11-13)

B. Love & Resurrection (14-15)

C. Love & Sacrifice (16-18)

2. Trust with our life (19-24)

“Trusting Christ and loving others results in our unified rest in Christ.”

A. Trust & Condemnation (19-21)

B. Trust & Commandments (22-23)

C. Trust & Abiding (24)

June 21, 2020

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Knowing God’s Truth and Love (1 John 4:1-12)

Avoiding deception, we trust the truth of God and live the love of God.

1. Learning God’s Truth (1-6)

We test every claim to truth we hear to determine if it is of God or of the world.

A. Spirit of Deception (1-3)

B. Spirit of God (4-6)

2. Learning God’s Love (7-12)

God’s love is manifested to us by Jesus and perfected in us for the world.

A. Origin of Love (7-8)

B. Manifestation of Love (9-10)

C. Perfection of Love (11-12)

June 28, 2020

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Assurance in Faith, Hope, and Love (1 John 4:13-21)

“God confirms our salvation and sanctification through our relationship, confidence, and love in Him.”

1. Assurance in Faith (13-16)

“We know God by His Spirit, we know His Spirit by our belief in Jesus, we know belief by God’s love.”

A. Faith in His Spirit (13)

B. Faith in His Gospel (14-15)

C. Faith in His Love (16)

2. Assurance in Hope (17-18)

“We are set free from the fear of God’s judgement by the love perfected in us.”

A. Hope in Perfect Judgment (17)

B. Hope in Perfect Love (18)

3. Assurance in Love (19-21)

“We are convinced of God’s impact on us by our love for God and others.”

A. Love from God (19)

B. Love for others (20-21)

July 5, 2020

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The Trial for Your Heart (1 John 5:1-12)

“The facts and witnesses are laid out for you and God is calling out to your heart.”

1. The Closing Statement (1-5)

“Summarizing points made throughout the letter; we are reborn in truth, obey in love, and have victory in adoption.”

A. Belief and Rebirth (1)

B. Belief and Obedience (2-3)

C. Belief and Victory (4-5) 

2. The Courtroom (6-12)

“Witnesses and evidence are strong, the truth of the Gospel is clear, receiving and believing is your final choice.”

A. The Evidence (6-8)

B. The Jury (9-10)

C. The Verdict (11-12)

July 12, 2020

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Reviewing Life in God (1 John 5:13-21)

“Our confidence and security in our relationship with God drives our allegiance to Him above all else.”

1. A Review of Confidence (13-17)

“Our confidence from the assurances in this letter illuminates our conversation with God and motivations toward others.”

A. Confident Belief (13)

B. Confident Requests (14-15)

C. Confident Life (16-17)

2. A Review of Security (18-20)

“We are secure in our true relationship with God, whom we submit to and continue in.”

A. Secure from sin (18)

B. Secure in God (19)

C. Secure in truth (20)

Close with a summarizing exhortation (21)

July 19, 2020

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Truth and Love (2 John)

“The Christian walk is paved with the partnership of truth and love.”

1. Defining Truth and Love (1-6)

“Truth and love are necessarily dependent on one another, you can’t have one without the other.”

A. Greeting (1-3) 

B. Truth (4) 

C. Love (5-6)

2. Abiding in Truth and Love (7-13)

“We protect ourselves from deception by abiding in the sound doctrine of God.”

A. Doctrine Deception (7, 10-11) 

B. Doctrine Protection (8-9)

C. Closing (12-13) 

July 26, 2020

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Examples for the Church (3 John)

“Faithfully serving our brothers and sisters in our local church is a core prescription of our Christian walk.”

1. Faithful Service (1-8)

“Our Christian walk calls us to focus more on serving our church than we might think.”

A. Joy in the beloved (1-4)

B. Service of the beloved (5-8)

2. Faithful Imitation (9-14)

“We can learn from examples of good and evil in the church to inform how we relate to the church.”

A. An example of Evil (9-10)

B. An example of Good (11-14)

August 2, 2020

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John’s Writings

1. The Gospel of John

   A. Beginning in John 1:
         “In the beginning was the Word…”

   B. Proof in John 2-12:
         “…manifested His glory; and His disciples believed…”

   C. Impact in John 13-19:
          “It is finished!”

   D. Restoration in John 20-21:
          “You follow me.”

2. The Epistles of 1,2,3 John

   A. Beginning in 1 John 1:1-4:
          “That which was from the beginning…”

   B. Proof in 1 John 1-2:
          “walk in the light as He is in the light”

   C. Impact in 1 John 3-4, 2 John, 3 John:
          “…I love in truth…”

   D. Restoration 1 John 5:
          “keep yourselves from idols.”

3. The Book of Revelation

   A. Beginning in Revelation 1-5:
          “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

   B. Proof in Revelation 6-16:
          “Come and see.”

   C. Impact in Revelation 17-20:
          “Babylon the great is fallen.”

   D. Restoration in Revelation 21-22:
          “…a new heaven and a new earth…”


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