Although society is continuously trying to take away our Christian values, perhaps the greater problem is that we as Christians have forgotten or failed to pass on those values.
The core of Christianity is faith. Scripture describes an almighty God who loves us, is able to meet all our needs, and wants to have a relationship with us, but if we do not believe He exists we are lost. Faith is what gives us confidence in our salvation and keeps us from despair and hopelessness.
We are called and commanded as Christians to let our light shine in this dark world.
As Christians, we should view ourselves as living in a universal neighborhood with absolutely no restriction on who we should be reaching out to. Now that we have established the extent of the neighborhood let’s take a look at what it takes to be a good neighbor.
Have the challenges and chaotic conditions of life caused you to lose the joy that God intends for us to have as His children?
John wrote what it means to be truly saved and to walk with new life in Jesus Christ so we will read and understand. John was eager for us as believers to know that we know we are saved, that we have eternal life now! All the way through this book he is making it clear to the reader.
Today we will take a look at the marvelous love that God has lavished on us. It is too much for us to comprehend, but John points out several things about God’s love for us to consider.
Being a true follower of Christ does not come without personal cost and sacrifice. Today we will take a look at some of the costs of following Jesus, found in 1 John 3.
Can a person really know if they are saved? What are the signs that a person is saved? The Apostle John writes with a desire to answer those questions so that the believer can have assurance and confidence before God.
Do you ever get excited about something? Maybe it’s going out to eat, or better yet going on a trip or vacation. Mark Twain was once asked his reason for success. He said, “I was born excited.” I am excited to do a series on 1 John.
Rev. Doug Sider The Wrights singing He's in the Midst Sandra Wingert singing Make My Heart Your Home Gospel Tide Choir singing God is Our Refuge and Strength and Let Your Love Flow Through Me
Do you see people as riches and value others like God does? In our story today we find God looking for someone who will value and love people as He loves people. We will be reminded of the love of God for us and His great love and value of all people.
One thing we simply must understand is that salvation is dealing with that disease of sin, which lives in us because we are human beings. So we must understand that word salvation comes from a treasure hunter looking for value motif – to “salvage,” it means essentially “to Rescue,” and it is God’s method of Dealing with our Sins.
What do you get excited about? What are you passionate about? Maybe you don’t know. Let me ask it a different way. What do you like to do when you have free time or some extra money? Whatever it is that you want or like to do is most likely your passion. The more you like to do it, the more passion you have for it. For men it may be sports, hunting, fishing, golf, cars, racing, off road, camping, etc. For women it may be shopping, clothes, shoes, appearance. I don’t know? Do you realize that whatever you give yourself to will become your passion?