Description: John pauses in the giving of tests of salvation to draw the reader’s attention back to the objective foundation and ground of their justification. He addresses the church in all stages of maturity, from the new believer to the spiritually mature. This passage serves as a parenthetical comment, as it were, so that our self-reflection doesn’t leave us looking inside of us for answers but outside of ourselves to Christ.
Description: In too many ways the Pharisees were like present day professing Christians — which is to say, like you and me. We seek after God but not always with the right motive or attitude. Both we and they seem to delight in lifting ourselves by seeking to lower others. That can only be seen as pride and certainly isn’t pleasing to the Lord.
Description: Join us as we turn the back the clock to 2000 to listen to a Scandia Bible Church “Classic.” In this Classic Sermon Pastor James Allen continues his series in Soteriology which is the study of why salvation is necessary and how it is accomplished. In this sermon, Pastor Allen focuses on Unconditional Election: God’s Sovereign Choice.
Description: If there were one mark of a Christian that would be preeminent above all others, it would be a genuine love; a love for God and also a love for others. That’s because love for God and love for our neighbor is the summation of God’s law and as the Holy Spirit works in the life and heart of the believer obedience to God’s law will become manifest in love, not only towards God but as John points out here, towards our brethren.
Description: The seventeenth century puritan, Thomas Brooks, wrote that “assurance is a pearl that most want but a crown that few wear.” A Christian with assurance of faith knows that he belongs to Christ, that his sins are forgiven, that God loves him, and that he will enjoy everlasting life. While many assume that it is presumptuous to desire assurance of salvation, Scripture teaches otherwise. In our text this morning the Apostle John provides us the first of three tests so that the Christian may examine himself and rest, assured!
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