Synopsis: Genuine fellowship with God bears this characteristic: it is joyful! Unfortunately, many born-again believers are not experiencing this joy. Why not? Find out in today's message from 1 John 1!
Synopsis: Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is. Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is in fellowship with God. As we survey the epistles of John, we find four characteristics about a person's fellowship with God. Today we cover the first one. Is it characteristic of your claim?
Synopsis: One of the great statements in all of the Bible is this one from 1 John 4:17: "as He is, so are we in this world." What is true of Christ now is what is true of us who are born-again now! And what is true of both is what gives us the third reason the believing sinner can even have fellowship with God through Christ; it explains how it is that we can enjoy that fellowship with God through Christ!
Synopsis: 1 John 3:9 has caused a good bit of trouble and concern to many believers who have read it. Yet this verse actually reveals one reason why we can enjoy fellowship with God! It's really exciting once you see what this verse is really saying!
Synopsis: President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation immediately changed the status of over three million slaves.They were now legally declared free. However it would be several years later before they actually began enjoying their freedom. In Romans 6:15-23, we find the Christians' Emancipation Proclamation. Are you enjoying your freedom by serving your new Master? Paul presents eye-opening truth that challenges us with the implications of our new freedom.
Synopsis: In part 2 of "The Christian's Declaration of Independence," we now see the practical application of the truths Paul says we must know and believe to be personally true. God's divinely inspired order must be followed: rearranging the order or substituting our own means our attempts at spiritual victory are doomed to failure.
Synopsis: Romans 6 presents to us the Christian's Declaration of Independence. If we as born-again believers would live as free men and women, there are some critical truths about the Gospel we must know as a fact and by experience!
Synopsis: Many blame God for the choices they make and for the hardships they endure. They attribute characteristics to God that are only true of sinful man. Like the Jews who escaped to Egypt their belief that life was better without God and His laws. They blamed Him for their misery.
Synopsis: There are two perspectives on life - one oriented around self and this world; the other around God and the world to come. "Men of this world" live as if this world is all that exists and all that really matters. David lived as if God really existed and eternity is what really matters. With which of these two do you identify? How does your lifestyle answer that question? If the infinite God is not enough to satisfy you, then nothing finite can or ever will.