Godly Love, Victorious Faith

1 John 5:1-12

I. LOVING THE BRETHREN AND GOD

    A. Who is my brother? (1 John 4:20-5:1)
    B. Does John teach “faith only”? (1 John 5:1-2; Matthew 25:31-46; James 2:14-26; Matthew 22:37-40; Romans 13:8-10)
    C. “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3; John 14:15,21,23,24; Romans 12:1)

II. FAITH IS THE VICTORY

    A. We CAN overcome the world! We CAN be victorious! (1 John 5:4; 2:15-17; Hebrews 11:33-34)
    B. Does it matter what one believes? (1 John 5:5; Romans 10:17)

III. FAITH ESTABLISHED BY THE TESTIMONY OF WITNESS

    A. Three witnesses: Spirit, water, blood (1 John 5:6,8; John 16:13)
    B. The witness of God is greater than the witness of man (1 John 5:9; John 5:33-36)
    C. To have the Son is to have life (1 John 5:10-12)
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Responding to God’s Love

1 John 4:7-21

I. ACCEPTING GOD’S LOVE

    A. Knowing God (1 John 4:7-8; Philippians 3:8-11; Titus 1:16)
    B. Christ gives us life (1 John 4:9; John 14:6; 1:4; 11:25; 5:24) as the propitiation of our sins (1 John 4:10)
    C. We have no excuse to not love the brethren (1 John 4:11)

II. CONFESSING GOD’S LOVE

    A. The good confession (1 John 4:15; Acts 8:37-38; 1 Timothy 6:12)
    B. More than mere lip service (Matthew 15:8; 7:21)

III. ABIDING IN GOD’S LOVE

    A. A mutual spiritual indwelling, a reciprocal abiding, the closest fellowship and communion possible (1 John 4:12-16)
    B. We can be bold by conforming our lives to His (1 John 4:17; 1 Timothy 6:11; Ephesians 5:1-2)
    C. There is no fear in love (1 John 4:18; Psalm 111:10)

IV. PRACTICING GOD’S LOVE

    A. Selflessly seeking the very best for another person (1 John 4:19)
    B. Love for the brethren flows from a love for God (1 John 4:20)
    C. You cannot love God if you do not love your Christian family (1 John 4:21)

Us Against the World

1 John 4:1-6

I. LOVE WITH EYES WIDE OPEN (1 JOHN 4:1)

    A. Stop believing every spirit
    B. Test the spirits (Acts 17:11)
    C. Many false prophets (Galatians 1:6-9)

II. CONTEXT: A SPECIFIC FALSE DOCTRINE (1 JOHN 4:2-3)

    A. Gnosticism stated the divine Christ did not actually inhabit a fleshly body
    B. The spirit of antichrist

      1. Disobedient (1 John 2:19)
      2. Deniers (1 John 2:22)
      3. Deceivers (1 John 2:26)

    C. If a teaching does not originate with God, it must be rejected by the faithful

III. CONTRASTING JOHN’S READERS TO FALSE TEACHERS, AND FALSE TEACHERS TO TRUE APOSTLES (1 JOHN 4:4-6)

    A. His readers had overcome (Jude 3; Romans 10:17)
    B. The false prophets are of the world (2 Timothy 4:2-4; Matthew 7:13-14)
    C. The apostles are of God (Acts 2:42; 2 John 9-11)

Love in Action

Love in Action

1 John 3:16-24

I. THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF LOVE

    A. “By this we know love” (1 John 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:9)
    B. No greater expression of love ever demonstrated (Luke 9:18-22; John 10:11, 15, 17-18; 19:10-11)

II. HIS LOVE SHOULD MOTIVATE US TO LOVE

    A. We are indebted to each other (1 John 3:16; Romans 1:14)
    B. Love in action (1 John 3:17; Acts 4:32-37; 2 Corinthians 8:1-4)
    C. Actions speak louder than words (1 John 3:18; James 2:14-17; Matthew 25:31-46)

III. TRUE, ACTIVE BROTHERLY LOVE

    A. Gives us assurance (1 John 3:19-20; 1:9)
    B. Gives us confidence in prayer (1 John 3:21-22)
    C. Ensures that we abide in Christ (1 John 3:23-24)

We are the Children of God

1 John 3:1-15

I. WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD

    A. Taylor: “A love we don’t deserve, yet in which we may delight” (1 John 3:1; John 3:16; Romans 5:8)
    B. The world does not approve of the Christian life, nor do they acknowledge God as the Almighty (1 John 3:1; John 15:18-19)
    C. The promise of being like Him (1 John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-53, 57; Philippians 3:20-21)
    D. Hope – a blessed assurance, an eager perseverance (1 John 3:3; Romans 8:24-25; 1 Peter 2:21-22)

II. THE CHILD OF GOD AND SIN

    A. The sin in view here is continual and habitual – not occasional weaknesses
    B. Christ came to take away our sins (1 John 3:4-6)
    C. The righteousness here is continual and habitual (1 John 3:7-8)
    D. Love for sin is 100% incompatible with devotion to Deity

III. THE SIGNS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

    A. We are a family – we must love one another (1 John 3:10-11)
    B. The unrighteous example of Cain (1 John 3:12; Genesis 4:1-8; Hebrews 11:4)
    C. Lanier: “Godlessness is always upset by godliness” (1 John 3:13; 1 Peter 4:3-4)
    D. Do you love your brother? (1 John 3:14-15; 1 Corinthians 13:1-7)

The Life of a Godly Mother

1 Samuel 1-2

I. FAITHFUL IN THE MIDST OF DESPAIR

    A. Instead of running from God, we should run to God when faced with struggles in life (1 Samuel 1:3-7)
    B. The Scriptural challenge to remain faithful (1 Corinthians 16:13; Galatians 6:9; Ephesians 6:13; Hebrews 10:23; Revelation 2:10)
    C. Faithfulness will not be forgotten by God (1 Corinthians 15:58)

II. BELIEF IN THE POWER OF PRAYER

    A. When faced with a struggle beyond her ability to solve (1 Samuel 1:9-16)
    B. Blessings from prayer (Matthew 7:7-11; 21:22; James 1:5-8)
    C. According to His will (1 John 5:14-15)

III. KEEPING PROMISES TO THE LORD

    A. Hannah kept her word (1 Samuel 1:11,19-28)
    B. Stern warning against broken promises (Ecclesiastes 5:1-5)
    C. Recognition of God’s power (1 Samuel 2:1-10)

Many Antichrists Have Come

1 John 2:18-29

I. THE ANTICHRISTS

    A. Who is an Antichrist? (1 John 2:18; 2 John 9-11)
    B. What does an Antichrist do?

      1. Disobeys (1 John 2:19)
      2. Denies (1 John 2:22-23; John 5:22-23)
      3. Deceives (1 John 2:26; 4:1; Acts 17:11; 20:29-30)

II. THE ANOINTED

    A. Word play: anti-christoi (1 John 2:18) vs. christoi (1 John 2:20)
    B. Abide in the truth (1 John 2:24; Luke 12:8-9; Acts 2:42)
    C. Abide in the Son and the Father (1 John 2:24-25; Mark 10:29-30)

III. THE ASSURANCE

    A. What does inspiration teach? (1 John 2:27; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
    B. Confidence at His coming (1 John 2:28; Acts 4:13)

      1. Prayer of Peter and John (Acts 4:29)
      2. Prayer of Paul (Ephesians 6:18-19)

    C. Roy H. Lanier, Jr.: “As the father in the family is righteous, so are the children. It is a family characteristic.” (1 John 2:29; 2 Timothy 2:11-13)

Commitment to the Lord

Commitment to the Lord sermon

Mark 12:28-30

I. LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART

    A. More than just words (John 14:15; 1 John 5:3)
    B. Full dedication (Matthew 6:24)

II. LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR SOUL

    A. Barnes: “to be willing to give up the life to him, and to devote it all to his service; to live to him, and to be willing to die at his command”
    B. Stephen (Acts 7:57-60)
    C. James (Acts 12:1-2)
    D. Smyrna (Revelation 2:10)

III. LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR MIND

    A. Train our minds (Acts 17:11)
    B. Realize the importance of God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Timothy 2:15)
    C. Realize the importance of fellowship (Hebrews 10:23-25)
    D. Realize the importance of obedience (Hebrews 2:3; 1 John 5:3)

IV. LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH

    A. Commitment (Romans 12:1)
    B. Strength comes from the Lord (Philippians 4:13)

Love Not The World

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1 John 2:15-17

I. “DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD” (1 John 2:15)

    A. What type of “love”? Agape – sacrificial love
    B. What is “the world”?

      1. God’s creation (John 1:10)
      2. Mankind (1 John 2:2; John 3:16)
      3. “The mass of unbelievers hostile to Christ and resisting salvation” (John 15:18; 1 John 3:1; 4:4-5)

    C. What is your primary concern? (Romans 12:2)
    D. “…or the things of the world” (Mark 10:17-22)
    E. “…the love of the Father is not in him” (Matthew 6:24; Romans 8:5)

II. THE TEMPTATIONS OF THE WORLD (1 John 2:16)

    A. “The three avenues of temptation”

      1. The lust of the flesh — the lust of the eyes — the pride of life
      2. Good for food — pleasant to the eyes — make one wise (Genesis 3:1-6)
      3. Stones to bread — riches of the world — heavenly protection (Matthew 4:1-11)

    B. How to avoid the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (Galatians 5:16-24)

III. THE FLEETING NATURE OF THIS WORLD (1 John 2:17)

    A. The world is fleeting, temporary, non-permanent (2 Corinthians 4:18; 2 Peter 3:10-12)
    B. “God himself is eternal; and those who abide in him, will share in his eternal nature” (Guy N. Woods)

Our Love of God and Man

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1 John 2:3-11

I. DO YOU KNOW GOD?

    A. Man’s relationship to the Almighty (1 John 2:3; John 12:48)
    B. Self-deception (1 John 2:4; Matthew 7:21-23; 1 John 1:6,8,10; Titus 1:11,16)
    C. Perfected love of God (1 John 2:5; Matthew 5:43-48)

II. DO YOU ABIDE IN HIM?

    A. Walk just as He walked (1 John 2:6; John 8:12; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1-2)
    B. The old commandment, made new (1 John 2:7-8; John 13:34-35)

III. THE DANGERS OF DARKNESS

    A. Is it possible to follow Christ while in darkness? (1 John 2:9; John 8:12; Romans 13:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:5)
    B. Our love of man (1 John 2:10; 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a; John 15:9-10; 13:34; Philippians 2:3)
    C. Hatred causes blindness (1 John 2:11)