by Jonathan McLeod

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Jonathan McLeod
1 John 5:1-5

Who is he that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (v. 5).


In 1 John, the apostle John tells us how we can know if we are children of God (i.e., ''born of God''). Throughout the letter, John gives three tests of authenticity: the moral test (obedience to God), the social test (love of others), and the doctrinal test (belief about Jesus). In 5:1-5, we find all three tests.

[Read 1 John 5:1-5.]


If you're someone who regularly uses Facebook or Twitter, you've probably come across several anti-Christian memes. Someone I follow on Twitter has created a fake atheist Twitter account. The account has over 400 followers. All he does is tweet silly anti-religion memes. [Include the memes listed below in the PowerPoint presentation.]

Faith: Pretending to know things you don't know.
Give me an ''F.'' Give me an ''A.'' Give me an ''I.'' Give me a ''T.'' Give me an ''H.'' What have you got? No evidence!
Science adjusts its views based on what's observed. Faith is denial of observation so that belief can be preserved.

Are Christians foolish for having faith? No. Usually, when Christian faith is mocked, the person doing the mocking doesn't understand what Christian faith really is. What is faith?


John writes that every person who has been born of God ''believes'' (vv. 1, 5). Faith is essential to the Christian life.

1. Faith is WELL-FOUNDED belief.

A ''well-founded'' belief is ''based on good reasoning, information, or judgment.'' Christians believe that ''Jesus is the Christ'' (v. 1) and that ''Jesus is the Son of God'' (v. 5). John wrote his Gospel so that people would make these affirmations about Jesus: ''Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is t ...

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