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The Signs of Real Love (16 of 22)
Series: What's Real And What's Not (I John)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
I John 4: 7-12
(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 has 3 themes that run throughout his letter: LOVE, OBEDIENCE , and TRUTH!
1- Each time he returns to one of these themes ... he takes us more deeply into it.
2- Tonight ... we revisit the theme ..... LOVE!
3- We've been here before:
I John 2: 7-11 ... THE SOURCE OF REAL LOVE...read 2:7 ... Real love originated with God ... was introduced to the world by Jesus and is the source from which the Christian draws both his assurance of salvation and his purpose for living.
I John 3: 11-18 ... THE SCORNING OF REAL LOVE ... read 3: 10-11 ... Children of the devil do not display real love because they have not experienced God's love ... In fact, they hate those who have experienced God's love!
4- Tonight ... John reveals to us ... THE SIGNS OF REAL LOVE!
(C) The world is obsessed with this thing called ... love!
1- Secular music ... almost totally dedicated to it.
2- Romance novels ... always among the best sellers!
3- Television covered with it ... people all over the world ... glued to their TV sets watching their soap opera ...
a- Waiting breathlessly from Friday to Monday to find out -- "Will John get Mary, or will Mary forsake John for Luke. Or will Luk ...
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