Guard Yourselves From Idols [1 John 5:21]

March 16, 2014

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Date: 03/16/2014

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 5:21

Description: John ends his letter with a warning to all Christians that we should guard ourselves from idols.  We will consider this warning while noting four things this text teaches us:

  1. The Great Enemy
  2. The Great Contrast
  3. The Great Defense
  4. The Great Gospel

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Assurance in the Gospel — part 2 [1 John 5:18-20]

March 9, 2014

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Date: 03/09/2014

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 5:18-20

Description: John declares that all those who believe in Christ can be assured of five things:

  1. Assurance of Eternal Life (13)
  2. Assurance of Answered Prayer (14-17)
  3. Assurance of Victory over Sin (18)
  4. Assurance of Belonging to God (19)
  5. Assurance of Abiding in Christ (20-21)

This message covers the last three of these assurances.

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Assurance in the Gospel — part 1 [1 John 5:13-16]

February 23, 2014

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Date: 02/23/2014

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 5:13-16

Description: John declares that all those who believe in Christ can be assured of five things:

  1. Assurance of Eternal Life (13)
  2. Assurance of Answered Prayer (14-17)
  3. Assurance of Victory over Sin (18)
  4. Assurance of Belonging to God (19)
  5. Assurance of Abiding in Christ (20-21)

This message covers the first two assurances.

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The Testimony of the Son [1 John 5:6-12]

February 16, 2014

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Date: 02/16/2014

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 5:6-12

Description: John declares at the start of this epistle that he and the other Apostles were eye witnesses to the person and work of Christ. Although human testimony is important, John now calls forth the star witness…none other than God Himself.  God has declared Jesus to be the Christ and the only way of salvation for sinners. To reject the testimony of God is to call God a liar.

Notes:

  1. The Object of the Testimony
  2. The Source of the Testimony
  3. The Results of the Testimony

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Overcoming the World [1 John 5:4-5]

February 9, 2014

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Date: 02/09/2014

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 5:4-5

Description: The Christian life is not a life of ease but a life of struggle. We struggle against the world, the flesh, and the devil. It is a life that demands entrance through a narrow gate and it is a daily walk along a narrow path. In our passage this morning, John doesn’t leave us discouraged but tells us that in the midst of this battle, the Christian will overcome the world.

We will be looking at three things in regards to the Christians overcoming the world:

  1. Its SIGNIFICANCE
  2. Its SOURCE
  3. Its SUSTAINMENT

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Aspects of Faith [1 John 5:1-3]

January 19, 2014

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Date: 01/19/2014

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 5:1-3

Description: John’s epistle is like looking through a kaleidoscope.  He repeats the same truths, but from different perspectives. In this final chapter, John turns the kaleidoscope yet again to present a new view of the themes of loving God, loving the brethren, and obedience to God’s law.  But this time we see it from the perspective of faith.

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Sources of Assurance [1 John 4:15-21]

January 12, 2014

Sermon Notes

Date: 01/12/2014

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 4:15-21

Description: John provides us five sources of a believer’s assurance. [This sermon will cover the last three of these points (verses 15 – 21). Listen to the first two points in last week’s sermon].

  1. The PRESENCE of the HOLY SPIRIT
  2. The PLEDGE of the APOSTOLIC TESTIMONY
  3. The PROFESSION of JESUS as the SON OF GOD
  4. The PERFECTION of GOD’S LOVE
  5. The PRACTICE of GOD’S LOVE

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Christian Love [1 John 3:10-18]

November 24, 2013

Sermon Notes

Date: 11/24/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 3:10-18

Description: John provides a look at the central command of the Christian: to emulate Christ in the manner in which the Christian manifests love toward his fellow man.

  • Christian Love Recalls the Lord’s Command (v.11)
  • Christian Love Rejects Hatred (v.12-15)
  • Christian Love Requires Sacrifice (v. 16)
  • Christian Love Reaches Out (v17-18)

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The Pursuit of Righteousness [1 John 2:29 – 3:10]

November 17, 2013

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Date: 11/17/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 2:29 – 3:10

Description: The Apostle John provides an argument for the pursuit of righteousness in the life of the Christian.  He provides essentially eight reasons for the Christian’s life to be marked by righteousness and not by sin.  This passage is commonly misquoted by those who teach Christian Perfectionism.  We will discuss why this is not what it is teaching.

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Anchor Points for Fall Protection [1 John 2:24-28]

November 10, 2013

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Date: 11/10/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 2:24-28

Description: The Apostle John provides us with two anchor points to protect us from falling into the traps of false teachers.  We must abide in the apostle’s teaching (biblical truth) and we must abide in the Holy Spirit.

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The Only Question that Matters [1 John 2:22-23]

October 27, 2013

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Date: 10/27/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 2:22-23

Description: Christians are called to be discerning. We are called to be able to discern truth from error and to take every thought captive to the Word of God. In our passage this morning, John gives the Christian the foremost test concerning all matters of life and doctrine. It is a test that can be seen as a question; a question that becomes for the Christian a dividing line. Christians have died answering this question for it is indeed, the only question that matters!

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The Test of Fellowship [1 John 2:18-21]

October 20, 2013

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Date: 10/20/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 2:18-21

Description: Sometimes familiar words lose their meaning.  The word fellowship is like that. We use the word fellowship as an adjective to describe a church event.  For instance, a potluck becomes a “fellowship meal” and just hanging out with other believers becomes “fellowshipping”.  The term fellowship though is significant in meaning and must be understood within the context of Christ’s fellowship with His people.  As Christ is in fellowship with His people, His people are in fellowship with each other.  The teaching of and about Christ become the truth upon which our fellowship is based.

In our message today, we see that there are some who have broken fellowship, they have dis-fellowshipped themselves over the truth.  John tells the church that those who have left — left because they never were truly in fellowship in the first place.

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The Test of Worldliness [1 John 2:15-17]

October 6, 2013

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Date: 10/06/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 2:15-17

Description: The term “worldliness” has taken on so many meanings in Christianity that much of what we hear as things we should avoid have nothing to do with the Bible’s definition it.

  • The Core of Worldliness
  • The Course of Worldliness
  • The Curse of Worldliness
  • The Conquering of Worldliness

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Back to the Basics [1 John 2:12-14]

September 29, 2013

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Date: 09/29/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 2:12-14

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.

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A New Kind of Love [1 John 2:7-11]

September 8, 2013

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Date: 09/08/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 2:7-11

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.

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Assurance and Obedience [1 John 2:3-6]

September 1, 2013

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Date: 09/01/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 2:3-6

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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A Look at Sin [1 John 1:10 – 2:2]

August 18, 2013

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Date: 08/18/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 1:10 – 2:2

Description: Since God promises to forgive us when we confess our sins and since we will never be perfect in this life, why worry about sin?  Why strive to be holy?  What’s the point?  Those were the questions that John was dealing with in the first century church and those same questions remain in the church today.  Find out how a correct view of sin actually leads, and spurs, us to a godly life.

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Confessions of the Contrite [1 John 1:8-9]

August 11, 2013

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Date: 08/11/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 1:8-9

Description: In this morning’s passage, John responds to the second of three errors found in this section.  All of these errors have to do with a false view of sin.  The first error essentially taught that sin doesn’t matter, whereas the second error teaches that sin doesn’t exist.  The seriousness of these errors is that it undermines the atonement and robs the Gospel of it’s Good News.

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God is Light [1 John 1:5-7]

August 4, 2013

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Date: 08/04/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 1:5-7

Description: There were false teachers in the early church who were teaching that they were in fellowship with God even while they were living a life of immorality; and in today’s message, we see that John argues against such an idea.

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That Your Joy May Be Full [1 John 1:4]

July 21, 2013

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Date: 07/21/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 1:4

Description:  In the fourth verse of  chapter one, John quotes the words of Jesus Himself — who not only is the Root of our joy — but who also gave His joy to us … a joy unchanging in the midst of circumstance.

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