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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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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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?