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Summary: John outlines three areas of Spiritual Growth for the believer. I won’t forget what God has done for me!

(1 John 2:12) "I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name sake."

(2:13) "I write unto you, fathers because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father."

(2:14) "I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written you young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

Introduction:

Now, if you have read this scripture with me and your bible resembles my bible, you may be wondering were John is going with this small passage of scripture we are working with today…

You may be wondering why after dealing so much with on the effects of sin, and after dealing with how we must keep God’s commandments, and after touching on how we must love ones neighbor as Jesus has loved us…

Why did God tell John to start writing to the Church on this particular subject?

What was God’s purpose for us here? at this particular point and at this particular time…

As I began studying and then preparing for this message, I came to understand that there are at least three points that John is sending home in this scripture…

And these points can be summed up in our dedication and obedience to at least three areas of our lives…

God can do many magnificent things, but in this particular scripture…

He was to deal with three things. He wants us to deal with our…

Conversion

Then our Commitment

And then he wants to remind us how far we have come in our spiritual walks…

And for that reason, I have entitled this sermon: "I won’t forget what the Lord has done for me".

Tell Somebody, "I won’t Forget"…

What the Lord…

Has done for me…

And in this particular passage of scripture, God describes these issues and attributes in the three groups of people that are addressed in John writings.

He Illustrates your conversion, your commitment, and how far you’ve come to through a description of 3 stages of spiritual growth God will prepare you for and actualize for you in your life…

You see, every once in a while, God wants us to remember what made us come to Him in the first place…

He wants us to remember what it was like to give our lives to the Lord…

He wants us to remember where we were and when we decided to take a walk with Jesus…

God knows that by testifying about the glory of God, and praising the Changing Power of God…Somebody out there who is seeking God will come closer to Him through our spiritual light that we are shining.

Pt. I. God Forgives and Changes His Children

This brings me to my First Point today.

That God forgives and God can change things.

He said, (2:12) I write unto you little children…

Because your sins have been forgiven for His names sake…

Now, this verse of scripture may not seem like much at the surface…

This may not seem like much at first glance…

No not at just the exterior of this verse…

But below the surface this scripture is screaming an uncompromising truth to all of God’s creation.

It is screaming out a spiritual dichotomy that is so clear and so vivid to some

Yet so puzzling, distant and confusing to others…

Because you see, Below the surface, the text tells us that there are only two families that exist on earth from God’s perspective:

Children of God and Children of Satan…

And God is writing to us through John to remind us that although we have at one time walked with the world…

Although we at one time fed the flames of the Devil…

Although we did some things that we are not very proud of…

Now, as Christians, our sins have been forgiven…

All The hurt that we have caused…

All The problems we have created…

All The situations we have been bound with…

All The people we have wounded…

Have been forgiven…

All The hearts we have damaged

All The lives we may have changed…

All The suffering we may have caused…

Have been forgiven…

All the terrible things that have been said…

All the things you wish you would have done differently…

All the things you wish you could take back…

All have been forgiven…

Because as a young believer, when we left Satan’s house…

And entered God’s house…

A change came over us that renovated our spiritual house…Come on somebody…

And when he took over our house…

He planted a seed in us that had to grow… come on now…

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