Contributed on Jun 23, 2003
The nature and enemies of Christian felloship and the traits that characterize "fellow Christians."
Christian Fellowship I Jn. 1:3 INTRO.: Once at an area meeting, I invited a choir from a congregation of another Church to sing. They did a very good job, but a fellow preacher who attended took exception to bringing in "outsiders" to sing. He felt moved to write me a very strong letter, soundly ...read more
Contributed on Jun 30, 2003
The meaning of "God is light" and implications of "walk in the light."
The Fellowship of Light I John 1:5-7 INTRO.: My grandmother had a canary. She loved to hear it sing. She would talk to it and care for it very carefully and then would sit by the window and listen to it sing. However, the bird didn’t know when to shut up. It would stay awake and sing all night. ...read more
Contributed on Jul 8, 2003
Man’s way of dealing with sin vs. God’s way.
Sin and Self Deception I John 1:7-10 INTRO.: New York City’s Jesuit University, Fordham, has for many years had a ram as mascot for its football team. The ram is selected by an audition and is cared for by the students. In 1974, a newspaper article appeared announcing that the then Ram mascot, one ...read more
Contributed on Jul 15, 2003
The importance of obedience in knowing Christ
Getting to Know Christ I John 2:1-6 INTRO.: Verse one of this chapter is John’s warning to his readers not to think too lightly of sin. In the previous verses, he has written two things that might lead to shallow thinking about sin. (1.) He has written that everyone sins, and (2.) He has written ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2003
John calls "love one another" a command old and new. Love turns on the light. It is imperative for Christians to walk in the light of love.
Love, the Guiding Light I John 2:7-11 INTRO.: Love is a very popular idea in today’s world. We distort and misinterpret it, but it is on everyone’s lips. Many of our most popular songs, books, and movies are about love. There are enough to fill a library. We often forget love is a truly ...read more
Contributed on Jul 28, 2003
The glorious relationship we have with God, the benefites of it, and the means of maintaining the relationship.
Living a Worthy Life I John 2:12-17 INTRO.: Nehemiah was a great leader and motivator among the Jews during the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Just before the completion of the wall was a time of great stress. The enemies of Judah did all they could to dishearten and intimidate Nehemiah and his ...read more
Contributed on Aug 17, 2003
Christians need to ne reminded of Truth in Christ, falsehood from the antichrist, and our anointing.
We Need To Be Reminded. I Jn. 2:18-27 INTRO.: I was traveling with another preacher to a meeting. Our group met in a restaurant in a large mall in Chicago. After the meeting, we left the mall and could not locate our car. We split up and searched the lot row by row. No car. We decided to call the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 25, 2003
What we are now, what we shall be, and what we ought to be.
Living Up To Our Hope I John 3:2, 3 INTRO.: The promise of Jesus’ return is prominent in the Scriptures. John 14:1-3 is a comforting promise from Jesus to His disciples. Hebrews 9:27, 28 points to the completion of our salvation when He returns. There are many other passages we could cite. To ...read more
Contributed on Sep 1, 2003
To stay on course in the Christian life, don’t believe everything that calls itself Christian, ficus on Jesus, and remember Whose you are.
Staying On course I John 4:1-6 INTRO.: ILLUS.: Coming back from one of my first trips on a party boat out of Galveston, Texas, I noticed the deck hand come down from the cabin with a pair of binoculars and scan the shoreline. It was very dark and all we could see was lights along the shore. We ...read more
Contributed on Sep 7, 2003
"God is love" explains why God created us, why He puts up with our rebellion, why He continues to meet our needs, why He offers salvation from sin, and why He wants to save us eternally.
A Simple Answer to Some Complex Questions I John 4:7-21 INTRO.: There are many questions we face in this life. Some questions are downright dumb. Give examples. Little children start life asking questions. One of their favorite questions is "Why?" The questions we will discuss this morning are ...read more
Contributed on Oct 13, 2003
We know how Christians ought to behave, we know it won’t always be easy, but victory is assured because the Son of God has come.
Three Things I Know for Sure I John 5:18-21 INTRO.: There is a story in the ninth chapter of John’s Gospel of a man born blind who was given sight by Jesus. He became the center of great controversy. No one wanted to believe Jesus had done this. They called the man in to question and he told ...read more