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Series: What's Real And What's Not (I John)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
I John 5: 6-12
(A) John ... Been There --- Done That ... SERIES: WHAT'S REAL AND WHAT'S NOT!
1- The ministry of Jesus ... the miracles of Jesus ... the cross ... the resurrection ... Birth of the church ... expansion of the church ... writing of God's Word ... John was there!
2- The future ... Antichrist ... one world government ... Second Coming of Jesus ... Millennium ... great white throne judgment ... the New Jerusalem and heaven ... John was there!
* 60 or more years after the crucifixion ... John living in Ephesus as an old man ... writes the final books of God's Word!
* John -- Qualified to tell us WHAT IS REAL AND WHAT'S NOT!
(B) John -- telling us that the primary mandate we have as believers is to be maturing in God's love!
1- I John 4:17 "Herein is our love made perfect"
2- I.E. ..... This is how we can tell that we are maturing in God's agape love .... 3 areas of your life are affected:
a- Assurance --- you become more confident of God's love!
b- Awareness --- you become more aware of God's love!
c- Authenticity ---you become more expressive of God's love to others .... no phoniness -- just real!
3- If you continue in that process ..... you move up to a higher level spiritually ... become what John calls --- AN OVERCOMER!
4- Read I John 5: 4-5 ......"believeth" -- keeps on believing, committing ..... maturing in God's love!
* This Process is not always easy .... a challenge!
* What keeps us motivated as we continue to mature in God's love?
.... God has given us a WITNESS to encourage us as we continue the process!
--- Lady ..... had some pictures made by a professional photographer .... returned in a storm -- saying: "These pictures do not do me justice."
---Photographer -- looked at lady and pictures: "Lady, you don't need justice -- you need mercy."
(C) We don't need ...
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