Love in Action

Throughout John’s letter there are several topics that seem to be recurring. These topics are not necessarily a repetition, but rather, a peeling back of various layers that takes us deeper into what is needful to be in right fellowship with God and with one another. One of those recurring topics is the topic of…

Fellowship with God Versus the Problem with Sin

The entire purpose of John’s letter is to strengthen the fellowship of the believer. He gives clear instruction on what it takes to have a strong fellowship with the Lord and with each other. It must be understood that it is possible to have the security of salvation while at the same time be out…

Live in Hope

                The Christian Contemporary group, Tenth Avenue North has a song called, I have this Hope. The lyrics to that song are as follows: As I walk this great unknownQuestions come and questions goWas there purpose for the pain?Did I cry these tears in vain? I don’t want to live in fearI want to trust…

Abide in Christ

As John continues his encouragement to those believers who have remained faithful and proven their faith in the Lord, he encourages them to remain in the things that they have always been taught. It is not very popular for one to stay consistent. Most people look to see which way the wind is blowing and…

Beware of Anti-Christs

There is much talk today concerning the anti-Christ and who that person might be. There are many opinions concerning this one who is to rise to world power and usher in a period of time in which the world experiences great tribulation by their own making and by the heavy hand of God’s wrath. John…

Love Not The World

Which disturbs you more: A soul lost in Hell or a scratch on your new car? Missing the worship service or missing a day’s work? A sermon 10 minutes too long or lunch half hour late? Your Bible unopened or not knowing the latest news? The church work being neglected or housework neglected? Missing a…

Spiritual Milestones

As believers in Christ, we’ve had certain spiritual experiences. There are moments in our lives when the light bulb comes on and we finally get it. There are certain milestones that we reach in our spiritual growth. This is what John is referring to when he addresses his readers as children, fathers, and young men.…

Recapturing Love

Throughout history we have seen words and expressions that have evolved in their meaning. What one word meant a hundred years ago may not mean the same thing today. Because of our sin nature, words have a tendency to lose their value and meaning. Such has been the case with the word: Love. Warren Wiersbe…

Keeping His Commandments

We live in a culture that places a high value on proof. If we are going to believe something, we must be convinced that it is true. Previously, John dealt with the issue of our continual battle with personal sin and our need to be in the habit of regular confession of sin. This correlates…

Trust in the Advocate

In verse 7 of 1 John 1, we are encouraged to “walk in the light.” Light reveals truth. The light reveals the truth concerning God, ourselves, and Jesus. Now that we know the truth, we are to live in the truth. However, though we are in Christ, we still have a sin nature we must…