Posts from October 2019

Posts from October 2019

1 John 5:3

And his commands are not a burden, 1 John 5:3 Pastor John’s Notes: As we seek to become obedient to Christ, the enemy will whisper in our ears that the commandments of God will become a burden to us. He will tell us that obedience to God’s laws will ruin our happiness and strip us of all joy. He will also insist that God’s laws are too hard and a burden too heavy to carry. Satan has been lying about…

1 John 5:3 – The Love of Obedience

For this is what love for God is: to keep his commands. (1 John 5:3) Pastor John’s Notes: God’s commandments are an expression of his character. The commandments were not given to us to be a burden, but to liberate us from the sorrow and brokenness of this world and to show us a new way of living. To love God is to desire God’s character. It means that we want to become like God and live in harmony with…

Loving both the Father and the Son – 1 John 5:1-2

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of him. This is how we know that we love God’s children: when we love God and obey his commands. (1 John 5:1-2) Pastor John’s Notes: Here the link between love and obedience is revealed and a test by which we can see if we truly love God and love others. We must ask whether we…

1 John 2:15-17

This week we will explore the link between love and obedience. If we love God with all our hearts, obedience will naturally follow. Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh,the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s possessions—is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world with…

Sacrificial Love – 1 John 3:16

This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1 John 3:16) Pastor John’s Notes: Here is what love looks like, expressed in its highest form: that we would lay down our lives for our sisters and brothers. This is exactly how Jesus loved us; by surrendering his life on the cross for our redemption. This is also how Jesus commanded…

Love is Eternal Life – 1 John 3:14-15

We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers and sisters. The one who does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. (1 John 3:14-15) Pastor John’s Notes: John again points to the two opposing forces at work in the world—love and hatred— but then links them to the ultimate results: eternal life and…

The World’s Hatred – 1 John 3:13

Do not be surprised, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. (1 John 3:13) Pastor John’s Notes: There are two great opposing forces at work in the world: love and hatred. Love is a power that comes from God; hatred is a power that comes from a world that is opposed to God. Jesus Christ came to establish the kingdom of God, which is a kingdom of love. The world resisted Jesus Christ to the uttermost and finally expressed…

Hatred Leads to Tragedy – 1 John 3:11-12

For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another, unlike Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. (1 John 3:11-12) Pastor John’s Notes: Cain and Abel were the children of Adam and Eve. Their story is recorded in Genesis 4, in which Cain killed Abel out of jealousy because God was pleased with…

Hatred Blinds Us – 1 John 2:11

But the one who hates his brother or sister is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and doesn’t know where he’s going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. (1 John 2:11) Pastor John’s Notes: The apostle John points to two poles: love and hatred. These are opposite spiritual forces, one that comes from God and one that comes from the world. God is love, and those that are walking with God love one another. The opposite of love…

Love is the Essential Commandment – 1 John 2:7-10

This week we will focus on our love for our spiritual brothers and sisters. As we grow in love, we also must eradicate any hatred or bitterness from within our hearts. In the kingdom of Jesus, love reigns supreme. Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old command that you have had from the beginning. The old command is the word you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command, which is true…