1 John – Part 8 – Truth and Error

How do we discern between truth and error. In the church today there is a lack of discernment. If someone is slick and persuasive we are gullible and easily led astray. God tells us to “test the spirits”. Test everything through God’s Word. 1 John 4:1- “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” God brings clarity to the mind. He brings a clear message. How do we test the spirits? How do we tell whether something is truth or false? There’s only one message that’s bears the fruit of life and love and that is the message concerning Jesus and Jesus alone.

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The Ministry of Reconciliation

The definition of love is written for us in 1 Corinthians 13 and it starts in verse 4. ” Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way … hopes all things, endures all things.” Love is always God’s plan. When we here, “God is love”, this is what he means. God doesn’t keep records or wrongs nor is he resentful of us and we can read about that in 2 Corinthians 5:18,19 “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…”. We have the privilege to take the message of reconciliation to the world.
* We are sheep, not children. But I seem to get beat up a lot at the church I attend. What are your thoughts?
* If we cannot lose our salvation then what do we do with the scriptures like John 15:1 and 2, and other Scriptures? * Who or what determines who believes and who doesn’t and why? * Leonard ask about Hebrews 6:4 concerning repentance.
* What does it mean when it says that Jesus “emptied himself” in Philippians 2:7?

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A More Excellent Way

We’re talking about love this month. And the Christmas season is a demonstration of the love of God for each one of us. God so loved that He sent Jesus. Paul declares there’s a more excellent way. And the way is the way of love. Paul writes about this in 1 Corinthians 13. * What does the Bible say about suicide?
* David asks about assisted suicide for those with terminal illness. * Can you share insight concerning groups still observing the Daniel Fasts?

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You Are Beloved

Today we welcome John Lynch back to the Basic Gospel broadcast.
* If you had an opportunity to share one on one with an unbeliever what is the one thing you’d want them to walk away with? * How do we restore the true meaning of love – God’s love – to those around us? * Pain makes me ask the question, “where is Jesus in my pain”? * For more about John Lynch and his ministry visit: http://www.trueface.org/

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God So Loved…

1 John 4:7,8 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. … God is love.” What motivated God to send His Son into the world? His love. God so loved that he gave. * Israel 2019 http://basicgospel.net/israel Join us next year.
* Is it the Holy Spirit’s job before salvation to point out our sinfulness or is it to show that we’re unbelievers?
* Can you clarify John 18:27? “for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God”

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1 John – Part 7 – Love One Another

Let us love one another. John helps us to understand how to make that happen. When we come to faith in Jesus, we receive a brand new heart. This is what makes loving one another a reality in our life. It all depends on who we belong to. If we belong to darkness, loving one another is impossible. If we belong to the light, then the natural response will be to love each other. We will see genuine fellowship among children of God and Christ’s love will overflow to others.

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Consider it Pure Joy

We want to issue a correction for our answer yesterday concerning the origin of the Canon. The final Canon of Scripture was agreed upon by the Council of Carthage in 397 A.D.
* Do we seek forgiveness and ask for it daily to make sure our relationship is ok?
* Please explain James 1:2,3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
* Joyce reached out to us through Facebook… “sad inside, lonely and not in a good place” She feels stuck.

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