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The Testimony of God

The Testimony of God

May 18, 2021

Sermon on 1 John 5:9-15 (really focused on v. 6-12), 7th Sunday of Easter, about the contrast between the testimony of man vs. the greater testimony of God. What is testimony? Who takes the stand to witness/testify to us? What is the testimony about? 

Children of New Life

Children of New Life

May 10, 2021

Sermon on 1 John 5:1-8, for the 6th Sunday of Easter 2021 (B), about how faith, love, and a true confession of Jesus are identifying marks of the children of God. How does John  present the "new life" of believers, and how do we become such children? What defines and shapes our love in the Christian family? 

Live by the Truth

Live by the Truth

May 3, 2021

Sermon on 1 John 4:1-6, for the 5th Sunday of Easter 2021 (B), about how we are to "live not by lies" but to "live by the truth." How does a Christian learn to discern the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of error/lies? 

Resurrection Love

Resurrection Love

April 27, 2021

Sermon on 1 John 3:16-24, for the 4th Sunday of Easter 2021 (B), about what it looks like to live with "Resurrection Love." What creates and fuels it? Where is the battleground in the contest between God's truth and worldliness, and how does this relate to how we live out resurrection love? 

We Shall be Like Him

We Shall be Like Him

April 20, 2021

Sermon on 1 John 3:1-7, 3rd Sunday of Easter 2021 (B), about what it means to be children of God and how we will "be like Him" when "we see Him as He is." 

Raise for Fellowship

Raise for Fellowship

April 13, 2021

Sermon on 1 John 1:1-2:2, 2nd Sunday of Easter 2021 (B), about how Jesus raises His church up for fellowship or life together. What does fellowship mean? Why does God create it? How do we break or keep that fellowship? 

Children of God

Children of God

November 3, 2020

Sermon on 1 John 3:1-3, for All Saints' Day, about how we are children of God, and how the world sees us and how we gain the "3D vision" of faith to see the world differently and live differently. 

Love Perfected

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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.

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