by J.D. Greear

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Certainty Through Experience (2 of 5)
Series: Assured: 1 John
JD Greear
1 John 1:1-3; 2:20-27; 5:14-15

Have your Bibles? 1 John. The book of 1 John is all about assurance. John is concerned in this letter to help you identify the signs that the gospel is true and that your experience with God is genuine.

The Epistle of 1 John was written by the Apostle John-one of the disciples closest to Jesus, personally.

Here is the question John returns to over and over again: How do you know that your experience with God is genuine?

Interestingly: Most of the letters in the New Testament have an intended audience, but not 1 John. John wrote it to everybody because everybody has that question.

I told you last week that I have my own book coming out called Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved dealing with these same questions, because I know how many people in our church have these questions.
• People say, "I'm not sure I got the ceremony right... still
struggle with sin...
• It actually hasn't been released yet, but we have advance copies available for you.
• I also want to explain that to you again that I don't make any money off of books that are sold here; all money goes right back into the church.
• I don't write books to make money off of you.
• If you get it off Amazon, all bets are off. That helps the Greear kids go to college.

John has about 5 points he makes in this letter about how you can know that you know the real God; but he makes them over and over and weaves them in and out in no particular order.
• If the Apostle Paul had written this letter it would very orderly and logical-Point 1, point 2, point 3... But John is all over the map. He makes all 5 points every few verses.
• He's like, "Point 1; point 2; part of point 4; back to point 2; now the first part of point 3; more about point 1." It's just a jumble of points. Which makes 1 John a little challenging to teach.
• So what we'll be ...

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