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1 John 2:18-27 (Abiding in the Truth, Part 1)

Dear Church Family, As we've seen, John's first epistle teaches about the three main aspects of the Christian life. And, the second chapter of 1 John covers all three emphases of this letter. The first part of this chapter (1 John 2:1-6) emphasizes the important of right morality and learning to walk in the same manner as Jesus walked. The second part of this chapter (1 J...

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1 John 2:12-17 (Worldly Disaffection)

Dear Church Family, In the second chapter of his first epistle, the Apostle John talks about the importance or right affections or right relationships. Unfortunately, many people believe that what or who a person loves is outside of his or her control. Surely, you've heard this sentiment: "I can't help who I love," or "the heart wants what the heart wants." For unbeliever...

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1 John 2:7-11 (Brotherly Affection)

Dear Church Family, As we've seen, the first main part of 1 John (1:5-2:6) is about obedience and right morality. God's Word calls us to examine ourselves (1 John 1:5-10), examine Christ (1 John 2:1-2), and examine our calling to keep and obey God's commandments (1 John 2:3-6). The Apostle John concludes the first section of his letter by exhorting believers who abide in ...

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1 John 2:3-6 (Calling Examination)

Dear Church Family, After the prologue of his first epistle (1 John 1:1-4), the Apostle John writes to his fellow believers in order to help them grow in sanctification and cease from sinning (1 John 2:1). So, he first calls us to self-examination: believers ought to remember that they are "in the Light" (in knowledge and holiness, 1 John 1:5-7), while as the same time re...

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1 John 2:1-2 (Christ Examination)

Dear Church Family, In our continuing study of 1 John, in our previous installment, we saw how the main emphasis of the first section of the main body of this letter (1 John 1:5-2:6) is sanctification how to cease from sinning and to grow in obedience to God's Law. In the center of this section, John says: "My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you...

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1 John 1:5-10 (Self Examination)

Dear Church Family, Following the prologue of John's epistle (1 John 1:1-4), the first section of the main body of this letter runs from 1 John 1:5 to 1 John 2:6. And, the main emphasis of this section is sanctification how to cease from sinning and grow in obedience to God's Law. In the center of this section, John says: "My little children, I am writing these things to...

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1 John 1:1-4 (Joy in the Balance )

Dear Church Family, Presently, we are living in a time in which many people are afraid and have doubts about the future. I've often found television news to be depressing and anxiety building, but it's gotten even worse. With many people not being able to go into work, losing their jobs, or worried about their financial future, it's very easy to be consumed by that doubt ...

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1 John: Background

Dear Church Family, In the first installment and introduction to our study of 1 John, we learned that the purpose of this letter was to help believers gain assurance of salvation: "These things I have written to you whobelieve in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you haveeternal life" (1 John 5:13). And, we also discovered that the Apostle John intends...

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1 John: Introduction

Dear Church Family, He is risen! I hope that everyone had a good Easter, despite being physically separated from one another and not able to meet because of the precautions taken due to the Coronavirus. While it seems wise and prudent at this time to follow the recommendations to forgo meeting together, I long for the time when we can worship our Savior as a congregation ...

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