Confident to the End
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: 1 John 4:10, 1 John 5:11–5:21,
A 13-week message series in the book of 1 John
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It's amazing to see how the themes of 1 John overlap with our calling as a church, expressing God's amazing love to each other that we have experienced from Him through Jesus Christ.
1 John 4:10 NIV
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.
The Chaos is Real
Becoming that kind of church, filled with those kind of Christians is anything but a given. Why? Because 1 John teaches us that we are competing with chaos that tries to throw us off course. Chaos comes in all shapes and sizes: the combative worldview of our culture; the attacks of our spiritual adversary, Satan; those trials, and temptation, and indwelling sin that distract us from the Life that can only be found in Jesus Christ; counterfeit Christianity and religion that may profess belief in God but not as John saw and experienced with Jesus. Thankfully, John is a realist but he's not a defeatist. So while he wants us to know the chaos is dangerous, he also wants us to know that in Christ we are victorious.
1 John 4:4 NIV
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.
The Jesus in me is GREATER than the chaos around me.
1 John 5:13-21 NIV
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 16 If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death. 18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
TWO CONCLUDING QUESTIONS
1. Do you know if you have eternal life?
God offers eternal life (forgiveness of sins and fellowship with Him) to you and to all who believe in Jesus and trust Him as their Savior. Let the conclusion of this series be the moment you believe and step into eternal life--now, always, and forever.
1 John 5:11-12 NIV
11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
TWO CONCLUDING QUESTIONS
Are you confident that eternal life is your forever?
It’s one thing to say you believe, but it's another thing to be so confident in the One in whom you believe (Jesus) that it radically changes how you live and how you love. So no matter the chaos, you can stand strong and press on because you know your identity—you’re a child of God. You know your purpose—to obey God and to love people. You know your destiny—heaven, forever, with the Father and the Son.
1 John 5:13 NIV
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
1. Why does John say he wrote this letter (verse 13)? Remember what eternal life is - see your response to Question 4 in Week 1.
2. How has your confidence grown through this series? Can you say with assurance that you know you have eternal life? Are you sure you’re on the right path in following Jesus?
3. Read verse 20 aloud together and replace “we” with “I”. Repeat it. How does it feel to confess Jesus in this way?
4. Think about what you have learned about life, death, and sin in this letter. Based on that, what do you think “sin that leads to death” may be?
5. Why do you think John ends his letter the way he does - Keep yourselves from idols ? What do idols have to do with what he just said about Jesus in verse 20? What idols today can shake our confidence in Him?
Easter at Hopevale
Join us as we celebrate our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Easter (Sunday, April 21). We'll have four services in Saginaw (8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm) and one in Bay City (10:30am). Check out our Easter page for more information.