Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Resting in God’s Promises – Luke 2:27-28

When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him up in his arms. (Luke 2:27-28)  Pastor John’s Notes: God had revealed to Simeon that he would see the Messiah before he died. One day, Simeon was led by the Spirit into the temple on the very day that Jesus was brought in by his parents for circumcision. Simeon was then able to hold the Messiah in his very…

The Spirit Guides Even Our Steps – Luke 2:27

Guided by the Spirit, Simeon entered the temple. (Luke 2:27) Pastor John’s Notes: When we are living by faith, we are in union with God through the Holy Spirit. Faith enables us to live in sync with the Spirit’s leading and in alignment with what he purposes. The Holy Spirit can then guide even our steps and bring us into moments He has prepared. This unity is both pleasing to God and delightful to us. It is a joy to…

God uses Faithful People for Special Work – Luke 2:25-35

This week we begin the season of Advent, which is a time of preparation to celebrate the birth of Christ. Simeon was a man of faith, and God blessed him with an extraordinary gift, that he held in his arms the newborn Messiah. Here’s the story we will be studying this week in its entirety.  There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit…

Loving Others is Required – 1 John 4:19-21

We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and yet hates his brother or sister, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother or sister whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And we have this command from him: The one who loves God must also love his brother and sister. (1 John 4:19-21) Pastor John’s Notes: Love is not a philosophical concept or wishful…

No Fear in Love – 1 John 4:17-18

In this, love is made complete with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because as he is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears is not complete in love. (1 John 4:17-18) Pastor John’s Notes: Many people think of God as an angry judge who is ready to strike us down for our…

Our Confession of God’s Love – 1 John 4:14-16

And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent his Son as the world’s Savior. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God—God remains in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. (1 John 4:14-16) Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus Christ has come to restore…

Loving One Another – 1 John 4:11-13

Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. (1 John 4:11-13) Pastor John’s Notes: The Spirit of God is a spirit of love. It is a spirit that reaches…

Love Began with God – 1 John 4:9-10

God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his one and only Son into the world so that we might live through him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:9-10) Pastor John’s Notes: This passage is a source of great comfort for us whenever we begin to doubt God’s love. Love originated with God. God…

God is the Source of our Love – 1 John 4:7-8

Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:7-8) Pastor John’s Notes: This week we will see how God is the source of our love. Love is an essential characteristic of the people of God. God’s people were meant to be conduits of God’s love. Love is not…

The Holy Spirit – 1 John 3:24

The one who keeps his commands remains in him, and he in him. And the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit he has given us. (1 John 3:24) Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus Christ gave his life for us so that we might be forgiven and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. In the upper room, right before his crucifixion, Jesus spoke of how the Holy Spirit would come to be with us forever.…