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.
March 19, 1995 When the Going Gets Rough Lenny- Been Through Enough Ralph Sider- I Will Pilot Thee GTH- We Believe // I Want Jesus More than Anything
September 18, 1994 Maurice Bender Holiness for Modern Times Gilmore Trio- I’m Standing on the Solid Rock Kathy Parsons- Master of the Winds that Blow GTH- Only Trust Him, He is Here Matthew 5:27-28 Colossians 12 Romans 16
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.
How would you react if someone were to break into your home and kidnap your children? What would you do or how would you feel if I told you that it is already happening? Their bodies might still be there, but their hearts and minds have been stolen. Mindsets have been changed, allegiances have been transferred. We think we are being entertained, but we are actually being seduced and satanically enticed into the darkness of sin and death. It is the gradual breakdown and compromise that happens through repeated watching of things that scripture warns us against as believers.
God is the One who causes the Church to grow, but He uses His children, people, just like you and me, to build it. As God’s children, we are called to actively participate in meeting the needs and providing the ministries that will help people grow spiritually and mature and in Christ. Today we will look at the early church in Acts and Ephesians as our example and model.