John concludes his letter (1 John 5:18-21) with a call to avoid idols. In this week's sermon we look at how Idols become substitutes for the true God and how idols always let us down. In light of all that God has done for us in Christ Jesus, we ought to trust Jesus and not other things.
Prayer is an important aspect of authentic Christianity. God promises to hear and answer his people's prayer as they pray according to his will. In this week's sermon from 1 John 5:13-15 you will be challenged not only to pray but to pray according to God's will.
In this week's sermon from 1 John 5:5-13 we learn that God the Father gives testimony regarding his son, Jesus. The reason the Father does this is so that you believe in Jesus and gain eternal life. Find out why you should believe God's testimony in this week's sermon.
NOTE: The audio below is missing the first 8 minutes of the sermon. The part you missed includes the reading of the passage and the observation that witnessing/testimony language occurs frequently (6x). Pastor Mike then gives a personal story of having to testify in a court of law. The sermon picks up during the personal story.
What does it mean to be "born again"? What are the characteristics of a person who has been born again? Find out in this week's sermon from 1 John 5:1-5
Do you love the truth? Do you love others? In this week's sermon from 1 John 4:1-21 we learn that authentic Christians embrace the truth and love one another. Find out why this is important and how to grow in these areas.
In this week's sermon from 1 John 3:19-24 we learn that believers can be confident in God even when their heart condemns them.
Jesus said that the world will know that you are his disciples if you have love for one another (John 13:35). Love is a characteristic of an authentic Christian. But love isn't easy. In fact, it is costly. Find out why love is costly in this week's sermon from 1 John 3:10-18.
In this week's sermon we encounter one of the more difficult passages in 1 John. John says that if you abide in Jesus you will not keep on sinning (1 John 3:5-6). What does that mean? Are Christians perfect? Do they really stop sinning when they believe in Jesus? What should we do about the sin we might be wrestling with in our lives? Find out what John means and why it is important for you to understand this passage in this week's sermon from 1 John 2:28-3:10.
A mark of an authentic Christian is that they do not abandon Jesus, they abide in him. Do you have a plan for following Jesus over the long haul? Find out more about abiding in Jesus and why it is important in this week's sermon from 1 John 2:17-28.