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Series: 1 John
1 John 2:7-11
Jerry Vines, who pastored the FBC in Jacksonville Florida, said he heard about an evangelist, in earlier times - when these things were somewhat more acceptable than they are in or modernized, politically correct and tolerant society - who had what he called a 'Shouting Committee.' By the name of it you would think that it was a committee he had put together to shout, amen and get a little excited during the service to help spur things along but it wasn't. In revival meetings people would get a little bit happy and start shouting, saying amen and other visible and audible displays of affirmation and supposed spirituality.
When people would start shouting and putting on a display he would have his shouting committee go and check the shouters out. He wanted to see what kind of life they lived and if their life was consistent with their shout. If their lives were not consistent with their shout he would have his committee go over and say, 'Now you can't shout in the meeting until your life is consistent with what you are doing.'
He had a test to determine if they had a right and reason to shout. The only folks with a right and a reason to shout for Jesus are those who truly know Jesus and obey Jesus.
The apostle John felt the same way about those who professed to be part of the church and to be in Christ. In his letter he administers a three-pronged test to separate the real from the fake.
The first part of the test which we looked at last week dealt with obedience.
1. Obedience is the hallmark of a true disciple of Christ.
2. Obedience demonstrates that we know God and it is also an expression of our love for God.
3. 1 John 2.4 - The one who says, ''I have come to know Him,'' and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him
John's dual purpose in writing is to give assurance to those believers who have been obedient and allowe ...
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