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What Is A Real Christian? (2 of 22)
Series: What's Real and What's Not (I John)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
I John 1:5-10
INTRO: NEW SERIES: What's Real and What's Not!
(A) People - searching for reality today ..... settling for empty substitutes.
(B) I John .......theme that will always be up to date: What's Real and What's Not!
(C) Written when John was an old man....approaching 100 yrs. old!
1- 70 or more years after the crucifixion.
2- All other disciples...dead....martyred for their faith.
3- Legend ... Domitian attempted to kill John ... had him dropped in boiling oil ... miraculously survived so Domitian sent him to the isle of Patmos to work in the mines ... shackled.
4- At Patmos ... Domitian died ... exiles released ... John went to Ephesus to live among the Christians there!
a- Many scholars believed ... then he wrote Revelation while it was fresh in his mind.
Rev.1:9 John wrote that he "was in the isle of Patmos."
b- Then he wrote I, II, and III John - II and III John addressing individuals and individual principles for life.
c- I John ... written to the church, in total - the last word from an apostle to the entire church.
(D) A letter from a man who has seen it all...he was one of Jesus' closest associates ... given care for the mother of Jesus as Jesus was dying on Calvary!.
1- Watched the church begin at Pentecost and spread out over the entire world.
2- While on Patmos ... God allowed John to see the future ... events that are still future to us! ... from the coming of the Antichrist and his "one world government" to the return of Jesus ... even glimpsing heaven itself.
* When this man has a message - you'd better listen ... when he says What's real and what's not...he knows what he is talking about.
* After dealing with life in general (vs. 1-4) (real living) ... John deals with the question: What Is A Real Christian?
(E) Read vs. 5.......
1- "This then ... the message ... heard ...
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