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Love Has Won: Forgiving (2018-0415)

. 2 min read

07-08
Apr 2018, Christ Mountain Top
Call
to Worship, Psalm 4
Children,
Luke 24.36-48
Message,
1 John 1.5 – 2.14
A
love letter (Joel)
Context:
Division in the church over the center of our faith – Jesus.
1
John 2:18-19
 Children, it is the
last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists
have come. From this we know that it is the last hour.  19 They went out from us, but they
did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained
with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us.
1
John 4:2-3
 By this you know the
Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the
flesh is from God,  3 and
every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the
spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it
is already in the world.
Teaching
of the “antichrist”:
      Reject Jesus coming in the flesh (spirit
only)
      Reject Jesus atoning work by his death and
resurrection (spirit only … solution to the human “problem” is spiritual only)
      Therefore: Do not identify themselves as
sinners. As God is light, we are light.

Christian
faith is an embodied faith
      Love Has Won – the rubber meets the road,
not just another nice thing to say
      1 John 1:1  what we have heard, what we have seen with our
eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands,
Walking:
      Walking, emulated by kids in youth group
      What we look for in leadership of in our
youth/children’s ministries
1
John 1:7
 walk in the light as
he himself is in the light
1
John 2:6
 whoever says, “I
abide in him,” ought to walk just as he walked.
1
John 2:10-11
 Whoever loves a
brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause
for stumbling.  11 But whoever
hates another believer is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not
know the way to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness.
Confessing:
Grandma
refusing to confess to the pastor, near her death: NO.
      Not that she didn’t have sin, but that she
wasn’t sharing it there
The
alternate refusal:
      But I didn’t do anything wrong!
Persons
who confess to me… Do not think God can forgive me
1
John 1:9
 If we confess our
sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from
all unrighteousness.
Rubber
meeting the road: loving God, loving our sisters and brothers.
1
John 2:9-11
 Whoever says, “I
am in the light,” while hating a brother or sister, is still in the
darkness.  10 Whoever loves a
brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause
for stumbling.  11 But whoever
hates another believer is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not
know the way to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness.
Difference
between hatred and love – choice to forgive