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1 John 4 2_28_11 CBS Curtis Gibson
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  1. 1 John
  2. 3 Foundation Facts About God
  3. Slide 3
  4. Outline
  5. Knowing His Truth Key Points
  6. Testing each spirit is essential
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  9. Why is it important
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  12. Christian Discernment
  13. What to discern
  14. How to discern 3 Ds
  15. Practical suggestions
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  22. Our response to Gods love love other Christians
  23. We are called to love God
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  27. Why should we love
  28. Jesus Christ died that we might live
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  33. Gods love will be experienced in us and then expressed through us
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  35. Gods love will be experienced in us and then expressed through us
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  38. We share fellowship with God through His spirit
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  41. What is fear
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  43. What is fear
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  47. Where is our confidence
  48. Because in this world we are like Him
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  50. The work of the Holy Spirit
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1 John Lesson 5 Chapter 4:1-21 1 john 30.jpg 3 Foundation Facts About God What God is: “God is love” What God did: “God sent his son” What God is doing: “God abides in us” John 1 & 2 Love is proof of true fellowship John 3 Love is evidence of “sonship” John 4 Love is moral and doctrinal proof of salvation Outline Born of God: knowing His truth Ch 4:1-6 Keyword: Acknowledge Born of God: knowing His love Ch 4:7-12 Keyword: Sacrifice Born of God: knowing His spirit Ch 4:15-24 Keyword: Fear Knowing His Truth Key Points Testing each “spirit” is essential Benchmark do they acknowledge Christ The one “in” us is greater than the one “in” the world Testing each “spirit” is essential 1 John 4:1 1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. Sataninthepulpit5.jpg 130fakebills.jpg miner-with-gold-pan1.jpg four-gold-nuggets-1-7-05.jpg gold_aussie_victoria_3point74gr ams_3pcs.jpg Why is it important? Matthew 7:15-16a 15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. wolfsheep.jpg Ephesians 4:14 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. shp.jpg 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, Christian Discernment! Proverbs 3:21 21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; bible_and_compass.jpg discernment2-2.jpg What to discern? Right versus wrong God’s will versus our will Truth versus lies intro.jpg 2078271_f260.jpg biblical-truth.jpg How to discern 3 Ds Detect Define Discriminate got%20discernment12.jpg Practical suggestions: Pray for Jesus to give us discernment Always stay wary and alert Be diligent in “testing” teachers and teachings Be careful of intellectual pursuits Make sure what we say is based on truth Be ready to “speak in love” to those going astray Fellowship with other Christians for support Find a spiritual mentor to help guide you Benchmark do they acknowledge Christ? 1 John 4:2-3 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. JesusOnCross.jpg John 14:6 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. JesusTeachingLovingChild.jpg the one “in” us is stronger than the one “in” the world 1 John 4:4-5 4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. jesus_with_dove.jpg 1 John 4:6 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. jse_Fotolia_6539111_Subscription_L.jpg Luke 10:16 16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.” 1 john 8.png Knowing His Love Key Points Our response to God’s love love other Christians God’s love for us not dependent on our love for Him Others “see” God when they observe our love for others Our response to God’s love love other Christians 1 John 4:7-8 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. bible heart 1.jpg We are called to love God! Mark 12:30 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. love_god_in_sand.jpg We are called to love our neighbor! Romans 13:9-10 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. LoveThyNeighborAsThyself.jpg We are called to love our enemies! Matthew 5:43-45 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Luke 6:27-28 27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.. We are called to love fellow Christians! 1 John 4:7 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. godd-friday-and-easter3_1822.jpg Why should we love? 1 John 4:9-11 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. cross_banner3.jpg Jesus Christ died that we might live! “Through Him” 1 John 4:9 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. C:\Users\Gibson\Pictures\1 John Lesson 5\OldRuggedCross_Sept06cropBWsm all_sized.jpg “For Him” 2 Corinthians 5:15 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. C:\Users\Gibson\Pictures\1 John Lesson 5\OldRuggedCross_Sept06cropBWsm all_sized.jpg “With Him” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. C:\Users\Gibson\Pictures\1 John Lesson 5\OldRuggedCross_Sept06cropBWsmall_sized.jpg Others “see” God through us 1 John 4:12 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. ServeGiveMeet_the_Need_PICTURE_295123800_std.jpg God’s love is proclaimed in the word God’s love is proved on the cross God’s love is perfected in the believer loveneverfails.jpg God’s love will be experienced in us and then expressed through us! 697799_love_conduit.jpg God’s love will be experienced in us and then expressed through us! 697799_love_conduit.jpg Knowing His Spirit Key Points We share fellowship with God through His spirit With God’s love, we can live confidently Because of God’s love, live without fear We share fellowship with God through His spirit 1 John 4:13-16 13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. With God we can live confidently 1 John 4:17 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. self-confidence.jpg With God we can live without fear 1 John 4:18 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. no-fear_t.jpg KNowGod.jpg What is fear? worried2.jpg fear_of_the_lord.gif What is fear? worried2.jpg fear_of_the_lord.gif Proverbs 1:7 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. feargod1.jpg 2 Timothy 1:7 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. worshiping.jpg Where is our confidence? Romans 5:9-10 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! jump-for-joy.jpg Because in this world we are like “Him” GreenDoveBibleCross50.jpg over3_brokenlink.jpg The work of the Holy Spirit Spirit of truth gives us discernment Endows us with special wisdom and strength Fills us with strength and divine guidance Acts as our comforter and counselor Brings us assurance we have no fear 123455453_ded7ad7a4e.jpg