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Three Expressions Of Faith (10 of 14)
THE BOOK OF I JOHN
1 John 5:1-5
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, our message was "Testing the Spirits." And how do we test the spirits? We said the "Acid Test" was whether or not a person believes Jesus is the Son of God (4:1, 2). What a man believes or preaches about Jesus will reveal his true identity. A person cannot be a Christian and deny the deity of Christ.
Additionally, John discussed something else that will be found in every true believer—his love for the brethren and his love for God: (vv. 7, 8), Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
And finally, we said that there will be an outward manifestation of our inward relationship. Not only will we love in word, but in deed. Others will be able to see our love by the way we live for God and care for others.
This evening, we will pick up our study with the first 5 verses of chapter five. In this lesson, I want us to see how faith is an integral part of this whole argument. And what is the argument? It is how to recognize the difference between the truly saved, and those who profess to be saved, but are not.
Let me give you three things about faith:
I. A Common Faith
II. A Compliant Faith
III. A Conquering Faith
I. A COMMON FAITH (VS. 1)
Note the words in (vs. 1), "Whosoever believeth...." This is the common faith among those who are true believers: Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
Our common faith will be apparent. First...
A. As evidenced in our love for God
1. Look carefully at (vs. 1b), "...and everyone that
loveth Him that begat..." It makes since, doesn't it? If God is our Father through the new birth...if we have been ...
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