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1 John: Assurance through Allegiance & Abiding

2.17.19 - 1 John 4:13-21

Simple, yet profound, 1 John 4:19 may provide us with the clearest summary of 1 John's message. It reads, "We love because he first loved us." Our ongoing love in the present is grounded in His past act of love for us as seen in the Cross. His love for us is not a response to our love, as if we must first earn His love by meeting some divine standard of love. Christ did that for us! God is the initiator of love! He sent the Son in love to give us life in Him (see 1 John 4:14). His love, once appropriated by faith, transforms the believer to live a life of love. We simply cannot love according to 1 John 3:16 until we are first transformed by His love as seen in the Gospel. His is a love that transforms! Our love for others in God's church is evidence that we've been transformed by His love. As Daniel Akin writes, "The Father's prior love is source and cause for our love for others." Again, the Gospel provides both forgiveness and transformation. Through trusting in Christ we are transformed to love like Christ and for the glory of Christ!


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1.20.19 - 1 John 3:19-24 Series' 1.20.19 - 1 John 3:19-24

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1.26.20 Wise Parenting

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11.17.19 Wise Words!

11.10.19 Christ in Proverbs!

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9.8.19 A Sound Church Perseveres!

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7.14.19 On Guard!

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6.16.19 Sound Leadership

6.9.19 Instructions for God's Church!

6.2.19 Christ is Sufficient for True Contentment!

5.26.19 Praying and Proclaiming According to God's Vision for the Nations!

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5.12.19 Paul's Transformation: an Example for All Believers!

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3.31.19 Church Membership Part I

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3.17.19 Gospel Evidence!

3.10.19 The Sovereignty of God

3.3.19 The Power of Prayer

2.24.19 Overcomer!

2.17.19 The Power of Love! Part II

2.3.19 The Power of Love!

1.27.19 Test and Rest!

1.20.19 What's Love Got To Do With It? Part Two of Two

1.13.19 What's Love Got To Do With It? Part One of Two

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12.30.18 Hope That Results In Holiness!.

12.23.18 The Good News of Christmas!.

12.16.18 Doubt: When Life Seriously Conflicts With Our Faith!

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11.18.18 A New Commandment!

11.11.18 A Gospel that Transforms!

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10.28.18 For the Sake of Our Joy!

10.21.18 We Gather to Go!