Love Perfected

June 4, 2018

Sermon on 1 John 4:16-21, for the 1st Sunday after Trinity. What does it mean to say that "God is Love?" What is "perfect" and how does the Bible use the word? What is different about God's love than how the world often describes it? Whose love comes first? How does that instruct our growth in love? How does love to God relate to love for our brother? How can we know that God is perfecting His love in us? 


God is Love

June 19, 2017

Sermon on 1 John 4:16-21, for the 1st Sunday after Trinity (1 Year lectionary), by guest preacher Pastor Stephen Becker of Greenhaven Lutheran Church, Sacramento, CA. A sermon about what it means that God is Love, and His command for us to love one another as He loves us. What is the nature of love? Is it an attitude or feeling? What does it require of us? 


Purifying God’s Children as He is Pure

November 2, 2015

Sermon on 1 John 3:1-3, for All Saints' Day, about how God calls us His children, how He calls us saints, and purifies us. What is a saint, and what are misconceptions about being a saint? What is purity, and how do we get or maintain it? How do we have worth before God?


Take the Stand

May 18, 2015

Sermon on 1 John 5:9-15, for the 7th Sunday of Easter, Confirmation Sunday, about what it means to testify or give witness to Jesus, and what is the testimony of God. Why is God's testimony greater than man's? Jesus' resurrection as God's testimony of who He is.


Faith in Jesus is Victory!

May 11, 2015

Sermon on 1 John 5:1-8, for the 6th Sunday of Easter and Mother's Day, about how faith and love are inseparable, and how they are the identity of new believers, who are children in God's family. How does faith give victory? Why are Jesus' commandments not burdensome to the new child of God? How does Christianity maintain the importance of the physical world?
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God’s First-Love

May 4, 2015

Sermon on 1 John 4:1-11, for the 5th Sunday of Easter, about how we know what is "of God" or "not of God." The spiritual warfare between truth and error. Love as a sign we are children of God. God is Love, and what does that love mean or do?


Walking in God’s Light

April 13, 2015

Sermon on 1 John 1:1-2:2 for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, about walking in light or darkness, about the fact that God is Light and in Him there is no darkness at all. Why are we urged to confess our sins? How does this passage speak against hypocrisy? Where do we find help to face the constant struggle of sin?


The Place for Love

December 29, 2014

Sermon on 1 John 4:7-16 & Matthew 1:18-25, for Christmas Eve, about how God had to prepare a place for Love to enter the world through the person of His Son Jesus Christ, and how He continues to prepare that place in our hearts.


Saints are…

November 8, 2010

Sermon on 1 John 3:1-3 for All Saints' Day.

Sermon Talking Points: Read past sermons at: Listen to audio at:

1. Read in Scripture for yourself that living Christians are indeed called saints: Acts 9:41; 26:10; Rom. 1:7; 8:27; 1 Cor. 1:2; 2 Cor. 9:12; Eph 1:1 How does it make you feel to be called a saint?

2. What is the significance of being called children of God? What were we before? Eph. 5:6-8; Rom. 5:6-10. How early did this sinfulness develop? Psalm 51:5; 58:3. How does that make the love of God all the more amazing?

3. Why can’t the world believe this truth? 1 John 3:1-2; John 17:14-16. Why must Christians not boast or brag of their status as children of God? Eph. 2:8-10; Rom. 3:27-28. What are we permitted to boast about instead? 1 Cor. 1:31; Gal. 6:14; Psalm 115:1

4. What does it mean that we will be made like Jesus? 1 Cor. 15:49; 1 Cor. 2:9-10. While we will be like Jesus, what do we not become?

5. How is purity and holiness necessary for one to see God? Read Matt. 5:8; Heb. 12:14; Psalm 24:3-4. How are we called away from impurity? 1 Peter 1:22; 1 Thess. 4:7. What things cause impurity? Col. 3:5-10; 2 Cor. 12:21; Gal. 5:19; Eph. 5:3-5.

6. Where does purity come from? Hebrews 9:14, 22. How do we purify ourselves of sins we commit, and cleanse our robes? Revelation 7:14 How should we live as saints?


This is the Testimony

May 28, 2009

Sermon on 1 John 5:9-15 for Confirmation Sunday

Sermon Talking Points:

1. When were you baptized, as a child or an adult? When did you make profession of your faith, either in confirmation or as an adult? What did this mean for your life as a Christian?

2. What is Christian testimony? How is the testimony of man different from the superior testimony of God? Reread 1 John 5

3. What does the Scripture say the testimony of God is? What is a martyr? (ex. Acts 7-8)

4. Why is the testimony of God (our confession of faith) worth dying for? How have Christians given their lives in the past?

5. How does the church pass on this testimony, and how is it like running the race of faith together? What gives us the strength to keep on in this race? 1 Cor. 9:24-27; 2 Tim. 4:6-8

6. What is the testimony about Christ, and how does it give life?

7. Who is someone you can bring the testimony of God to?


Propitiation for our Sins

April 20, 2009

Sermon on 1 John 1:1-2:2 for the 2nd Sunday of Easter

Sermon Talking Points:

1. What does propitiation mean, and why is this “cross-word” worth adding to or keeping in our vocabulary? How did Jesus “propitiate” our sins?

2. How does sin estrange us from God? (read Psalm 5)

3. What is the truthful response to the knowledge of our sin and God’s wrath against sin? How does this response bring us into light and fellowship with Him? (reread 1 John 1)

4. What is the false response to knowledge of sin? How does this make God out to be a liar?

5. What sins or sinful patterns of life are you hanging on to that you refuse to surrender? What are some deceptions that we tell ourselves to justify sin?

6. Why was the eyewitness testimony of the Resurrection so vitally important, in relation to Jesus’ propitiation for our sins?

7. How does this knowledge enable our joy and fellowship with God to be complete?