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)

Walking in God’s Light

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1 John 1:5-2:2

I. “GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL” (1 John 1:5)

    A. God is light

      1. The Father of lights (James 1:17)
      2. The Creator of light (Genesis 1:3)
      3. Dwells in unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16)
      4. Calls us into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9)

    B. Darkness is the realm of Satan (Ephesians 6:11-12; Colossians 1:3; Ephesians 5:8)

II. SIX “IF” STATEMENTS

    A. “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” (1 John 1:6; Matthew 6:2,5,16; Galatians 2:11-13)
    B. “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 Jn 1:7)
    C. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8; Galatians 6:3; James 1:22)
    D. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
    E. “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:10; Romans 3:23)
    F. “And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John 2:1a)

III. WHAT WE HAVE AS A RESULT OF WALKING IN GOD’S LIGHT

    A. Fellowship (1 John 1:7)
    B. Cleansing (1 John 1:7,9; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Ephesians 2:13; Colossians 1:20)
    C. Forgiveness (1 John 1:9)
    D. An Advocate who serves as the propitiation (1 John 2:1-2; 4:9-10)

Why Did John Write?

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1 John 1:1-4

I. “THAT YOUR/OUR JOY MAY BE FULL” (1 John 1:4)

    A. Divine fellowship (1 John 1:3; 1:7; 3:24)
    B. God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9)
    C. Brotherly love (1 John 4:7-11)
    D. Your teachers rejoice in your faithfulness

II. “THAT YOU MAY NOT SIN” (1 John 2:1)

    A. “Because your sins are forgiven for His name’s sake” (1 John 2:12; Romans 5:20-6:2; Psalm 103:12)
    B. “Because you have known Him who is from the beginning” (1 John 2:13,14; John 17:3)
    C. “Because you have overcome the wicked one” (1 John 2:13,14; 4:4; 5:4-5)
    D. “Because you have known the Father” (1 John 2:13; Jeremiah 31:33-34)
    E. “Because you are strong and the word of God abides in you” (1 John 2:14; 2 John 1:9)

III. “THAT YOU MAY KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, AND THAT YOU MAY CONTINUE TO BELIEVE IN THE NAME OF THE SON OF GOD” (1 John 5:13)

    A. How does one acquire faith? (Romans 10:17)
    B. Eternal life is a promise from the Father to the faithful (1 John 2:25; Titus 1:2; John 17:1-3)
    C. The Spirit inspired the Word to produce faith in us (John 17:20; 20:30-31)

Deludedism*

John 8:31-32

I. APPLICATIONS FROM LIFE AND NATURE

    A. What is 2+2? What happens when you drink poison? When you shoot a loaded gun at someone?
    B. In nature, you reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7-8)
    C. The spiritual application (Matthew 7:15-23)

II. APPLICATIONS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT

    A. Eve believed a lie (Genesis 3:1-6, 16-19)
    B. Jacob believed a lie (Genesis 37:28, 31-35)
    C. The prophet believed a lie (1 Kings 13:11-24)

III. APPLICATIONS FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT

    A. Saul of Tarsus (Acts 7:59-8:1; 9:1-2; 23:1)
    B. Cornelius (Acts 10-11)
    C. Apollos (Acts 18)
    D. Our advantage (John 8:31-32)

* You will not find this word in the dictionary. If you type “deludedism” into Microsoft Word, it will get the squiggly red underline. The word was made up by the late brother Paul Hodges, and I first heard it in a lesson he presented at Lehman Avenue church of Christ in Bowling Green, Kentucky, over fifteen years ago. On July 11, 2016, brother Hodges went home to his reward, and I know the Lord’s kingdom was benefited greatly by his service over the years. He was a gifted song leader and a dedicated servant, and he was staunch in his opposition to the various false “ism’s” of the religious world, including “deludedism.” The idea behind “deludedism” is this: it doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you are honest and sincere, God will save you. What do you think? Is it a valid system of belief?