A Christian's life should be living proof of their connection to the Father. Essentially, our sacrificial love for others is a testament of our sacrificial love for God. In his first epistle-which forms the basis for this series-the apostle John walks through several aspects of the Christian life, revealing where the evidence lies for each. Do you know God? You can prove it because the evidence is in your obedience. Do you truly love your neighbor? You can prove it because the evidence is in your sacrifice. We don't earn God's forgiveness with our good deeds, but a transformed life should look just like that-transformed. Each entry in this 7-week series examines different claims made within the church, and asks for the evidence to prove that it's true. It deals with themes like sin, the identity of Christ, and obedience. This series is a great way for you to evaluate what areas of your life you need to change to be more obedient to Christ. You can say it with your mouth, but the evidence is in your actions.
April 23: Text: 1 John 1:1-4
Big Idea: A strong Christian life must find its foundation in the knowledge that Jesus us real, that He lives, and that we can have a relatioship with Him. If we believe these principles, no sacrifice for Christ is too great.
April 30: Text: 1 John 1:5-10
Big Idea: When we walk with God, we will be moved to confess our sin, seek forgvieness, and trun away from a sinful life.
May 7: Text 1 John 2:3-6
Big Idea: Our obedience to God does not entail our salvation, but it is an effect of our salvation
May 21: Text: 1 John 2:18-27
Big IDea: While there are many philosophies that teach otherwise, it's importance to stand firm on the belief that Jesus is the only way to salvation
May 28: 1 John 3:11-24
Big Idea: We must love others by being willing to lay down our comforts, our security, and even our own lives for them - just like Jesus
June 4: Text: 1 John 4:1-6
Big Idea: To avoid being misled by false prophets, test everything against scripture
June 11: Text: 1 John 5:13-21
Big Idea: We don't have to play a guessing game when it comes to our salvation; God grants us the understanding to necessary to grasp our relationship with Him and the world.