#360 January 22, 1984 PM
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CHRISTIANITY: A DEFINITION
I John 1:1-4
I guess the Redskins have pitched their tents by now. I watched about two
minutes of it. What was the score when you left? What? Thirty-five to nine.
Kicked a field goal, Fred. He's a banker. He always reports a little less
than is actually there. I understand how they operate.
Hope you have your Bibles with you tonight. Turn 'em to First John. If you
didn't bring your Bibles, we have them in the pews, hopefully on the ends.
Some of you men won't be embarrassed. Your wives will help you find First
John. Go to Revelation, turn left. You go by Jude and a couple of other
Johns, and you'll run right into it. We began last week with sort of an intro-
ductory ah word. And hopefully tonight, we're gonna look at Verse 1 through
Verse 4 of this tremendous word from the apostle - the apostle of love
John. Let's pray together.
"Father, we thank You for Your truth ... the portion of it we have hidden in our
hearts is so meaningful to us. Open up new areas of meaning tonight. All of
us, Father, feel so biblically illiterate. We spend a lifetime in Thy Book,
yet there's so much. There're other layers; there're other depths; may we keep
probing and probing and searching, guided by Thy Spirit. Until truly Thou
does illuminate to us exactly that word that we need, some of us, so desper-
ately to hear. Lord, I pray again, that You would speak and let me get out
of the way so that Thy truth and Thy word alone might be heard. Hide me and
all the external things behind the cross so that Thy Son Jesus Christ alone
may be lifted up. For we pray in His blessed and holy name. Amen."
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