Sermon #31 — The Spirit of Religion vs. the New Life in Christ — 1 John 2:28-3:3

Religion brings death.  New birth in Christ brings life.  Religion is what human beings do to try to climb up to God, and that is a hopeless endeavor.  It kills the soul.  Faith in Jesus Christ is not something we do.  It is pure gift from God.  Faith in Jesus Christ requires a complete conversion … Continue reading

Sermon #28 — Getting Rooted and Grounded in “Forever”– 1 John 2:12-17

How we interact with the “world” is a theme that is regularly addressed in the Bible.  The apostle John digs into that matter here in this passage of his first letter.  I explore a little bit of how the term “world” is used in the Bible.  It is presented in both a positive and a … Continue reading

Sermon #26 — Knowing God through Jesus — 1 John 2:1-6

God is absolutely, relentlessly determined to bring us back into relationship with him.  There’s a lot that he has to do in order to accomplish that.  Jesus come along side us as our Advocate (Paraclete) and takes on and so takes away the guilt of our sin.  The consequence of this work of Jesus for … Continue reading

Sermon #25–Light and Life–1 John 1:5-10

From start to finish, the Scriptures leave no doubt that human beings are fatally broken by sin and evil.  Genesis 6:5 lays out the state of affairs in stark and thorough fashion — “every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”  Jesus doesn’t depart from that assessment.  “And this is the … Continue reading

Sermon #24 — The God Who Makes Himself Known: 1 John 1:1-4

If “religion” is humanity’s effort to know God, then Christianity is not a “religion.”  The heart of the Christian faith is not our endeavor to know God, but rather God’s determination to make himself known to us.  Here in 1 John 1, the apostle points us to the God who “reveals” himself, the God who … Continue reading