1 John – Part 9 – The God of Love

There was a point in Jesus ministry where He asked His disciples this compelling question,”Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered “You are the Christ, the son of the living God” John heard Peter make that declaration. All of us who are in the true fellowship, who have been born again, have made that exact same confession. For those who have made that confession, God abides in him and he in God. We were once in Adam, now we are in Christ.

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The Love of God Poured Out

We’ve been talking about the fifteen action statements about God’s love in 1 Corinthians 13. Love is an action. “Love does not rejoice at wrong doing, but it rejoices with the truth.” Luke says for those that repent and come alive, there’s rejoicing in Heaven. Why? Because it’s a celebration of new life. This is the love of God. It’s not a feeling. It’s a fact. God demonstrated his love toward us through the cross. Love never fails – it never falls away.
* Clay comments that as born-again believers we have more than what Adam had. John 19:30
* What do you think was the determining factor for the destruction of mankind by the flood? * What is the best way to witness to a Jehovah’s Witness?

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Living A Life of Love

What is the definition of love found in 1 Corinthians 13?
* Understand that love does not puff up but builds up
* Are all translations of the word of God a good version?
* Should I pray that the Holy Spirit be with us?
* Dealing with our anxiety while living in this world.

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Love is Active

It’s the attitude of humility that puts us in a position to receive the love of God poured out in Christ Jesus. Love is active. The definition of love is all about action and we read about it in 1 Corinthians 13. IF we’re going to love people, we need to first learn how God loves us. * Mary Jo asks why 1 John 1:9 is for a non-believer not a believer. * A caller asks about the two genealogies recorded about Jesus.
* Which denomination is correct? I’ve searched the internet for who started different churches. Are some better than others?

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A Story of Humility

Christmas is a story about humility. God took on flesh and became one of us. It’s a story that begins in our hearts in the same way. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Philippians 2:5-8 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus … And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” When we understand what humility is all about then we’ll be able to understand the fullness of the Christmas. * Join us for Israel 2019 https://basicgospel.net/israel
* Joshua asks about Romans 8:19 concerning animals – specifically pets.
* My relationship of 6 years just ended suddenly. I’m struggling with asking God why and how to give him my anxiety and worries.

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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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