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Is Jesus Real to You? (1 of 20)
Dr. Stan Coffey
I John 1:1-4
I want us to turn in our Bibles to I John 1:1-4. I want to preach under the title, "Is Jesus Real to You?" That's something that people are looking for - reality. The man who knew Jesus perhaps better than anyone else who walked on the face of this earth with Him, the apostle, John, the beloved, who wrote the Gospel of John; I, II, and III John; and the book of Revelation. This man writes to give his personal testimony about Jesus Christ. I want you to listen to what this man, who's described in the Bible as the disciple whom Jesus loved, has to say about his relationship with Christ.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
A testimony is someone standing and sharing something that he's actually experienced, something that he's seen, something that he's heard, something that is personal to him. That's exactly what the apostle, John, is doing in this passage of scripture. The book of I John is written to strengthen Christians. I believe that when the church is strengthened, when believers are strengthened in their faith, that God can use that kind of believer and that kind of church to shape a world for Jesus Christ. I believe the great need today in the church is for believers to become established in the Word and to know Jesus in reality in their daily life.
There are four reasons why John writes this book, and he gives them to us: It is written ...
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