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1 John 3:19-24
- The Apostle John wrote 1 John when he was in his 70’s or 80’s.
- He was the last living apostle at the time of this writing.
- He wrote from Ephesus to the surrounding churches.
The WHY? The reasons John wrote this letter:
- To encourage true Christian belonging (1 John 1:3)
- To help believers experience true joy (1 John 1:4)
- To help believers avoid falling into patterns of sin (1 John 2:1)
- To guard believers from false teaching (1 John 2:26)
- To allow believers to know with certainty that they are children of God…forever! (1 John 5:13)
1 John 3:19-24
Demonstrating our love for others by actively helping in times of need gives us confidence that we are a child of God and reassures our relationship with Him. But when believers feel that they have fallen short, God’s great love and the testimony of the Holy Spirit gives us needed confidence and assurance. Our relationship with God is based on what He did for us; not what we do for Him.
- Helping another Christian in need is tangible evidence that we are a child of God (1 John 3:19).
- Conviction is remedied by confession (1 John 1:9) and resting in God’s great love (1 John 3:20-21).
- God’s great love allows us to approach Him with confidence and boldness (1 John 3:22).
- Believers live by a “compressed creed”: We believe in the “name” of God’s Son Jesus Christ (“name” refers to all Jesus is, said, and did) and we demonstrate our love for God by loving one another (1 John 3:23).
- Even when we fail to obey and love others in “deed and in truth” the Holy Spirit—who lives within us reminds us that we are a child of God (1 John 3:24; see Romans 8:14-16).
Other sermons in the series
Encourage true Christian belonging.
Fellowship with the Father is through his Son Jesus Christ.
God is light and in him is no darkness at all.
Obedience: Walking as Jesus walked
Love is not talk; it is action.
Believers cannot love the world and God at the same time.
True believers persevere.
Will I stand before Jesus with confidence or shame?
Righteousness is very simply doing what is right.
Here’s what love looks like.
God’s great love allows us to approach Him with confidence and boldness.