Selling The Savior (1 Of 15) by James Merritt

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JOHN 15:4; JOHN 16:24; I JOHN 1:4
JAMES MERRITT

"SELLING THE SAVIOR"

INTRODUCTION

1. WE ARE BEGINNING A SERIES OF MESSAGES TODAY
THROUGH THE BOOK OF I JOHN. I WANT TO BEGIN BY
GIVING AN INTRODUCTORY OVERVIEW TO JOHN AND TO THE
BOOKS THAT HE WROTE. THE MAN KNOWN AS THE APOSTLE
JOHN WROTE 5 BOOKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, ALMOST
1/5 OF ALL OF THE BOOKS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. HE
WROTE THE GOSPEL OF JOHN. HE WROTE THE 3 EPISTLES
OF JOHN AND HE WROTE THE BOOK OF THE REVELATION.
TE WROTE THE GOSPEL TO CONVINCE SINNERS. HE WROTE
THE EPISTLE TO CONFIRM THE SAINTS; AND HE WROTE
REVELATION TO COMFORT SUFFERERS. THE GOSPEL WAS
WITTEN FOR OUR SALVATION. THE EPISTLES WERE
WRITTEN FOR OUR SANCTIFICATION. AND THE REVELATION
WAS WRITTEN FOR OUR GLORIFICATION. IN JOHN HE
TALKS ABOUT THE JESUS OF SALVATION. IN I JOHN HE
TALKS ABOUT THE JOY OF SALVATION. AND THEN IN
REVELATION HE TALKS ABOUT THE JUDGEMENT OF SALVATION

2. EACH TIME THAT JOHN WROTE A BOOK HE ALWAYS HAD
A DEFINITE PURPOSE IN MIND. WE DON'T HAVE TO GUESS
WHY JOHN WROTE THIS FIRST EPISTLE. HE TELLS US
VERY CLEARLY THERE ARE 4 REASONS WHY HE WROTE THE
BOOK.

A. CHEERFULNESS

NOTICE CHAPTER 1 AND VERSE-4, JOHN'S GREAT-
EST JOY WAS JESUS. HE LOVED TO SING- ABOUT JESUS,
WRITE ABOUT JESUS, PREACH ABOUT JESUS, TEACH ABOUT
JESUS AND TALK ABOUT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. JESUS
WAS THE JOY OF HIS LIFE. SO HE WROTE FIRST OF ALL
OUT OF A MOTIVE OF CHEERFULNESS. HE WAS GLAD TO
TALK ABOUT JESUS.


B. CONSECRATION
NOTICE CHAPTER 2 VERSE 1. JOHN IS WRITING -
THIS BOOK TO KEEP US AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE FROM
SINNING. NOW JOHN DID NOT BELIEVE THAT A CHRISTIAN
2
COULD BE SINLESS BUT HE DID BELIEVE THAT A CHRISTIAN
COULD SIN LESS. SO HE IS WRITING THIS BOOK TO HELP
US TO BE HOLY.

C. CAUTION

NOTE CHAPTER 2 VERSE 26. JUST AS WE FIGHT
CULTS TODAY JOHN WAS FIGHTING HERESY YESTERDAY. YOU
SEE THERE ARE ALWAYS GONG TO BE PEOPLE WHO ATTACK
JESUS. AND THEY WILL ATTACK JESUS FROM ALL SIDES.
THEY WIL ...


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