Summary: Sermon series on 1 John
Series: 1 John
Passage: 1 John 4:13-16
Title: Three Biblical Truths about Christ
Focus: Jesus Christ as God
INTRODUCTION: John has discussed the following principles numerous times. At this point we ought to have wrapped our minds around the concepts he is addressing. Therefore today we will take a step back and see how we as a church body have encompassed these biblical truths and applied them into our local biblical community. What we normally do is look at the verses, see what John says and apply those principles to our lives. Today we will take a different approach and look at the passage through a different lens to see how these truths have become real to us in an everyday setting.
There is nothing more phenomenal than the task of developing one’s personal set of biblical guidelines (doctrine). To be able to articulate what you believe using biblical truth is one of the most fulfilling and powerful tools a Christian can possess. To articulate the faith is a powerful weapon. However, to actually live out those principles is another weapon all together. When we live out what we believe, who profess who we are inside and out and where God has us going.
One of the most crucial and critical doctrines of the Christian faith is the doctrine of the deity of Jesus Christ (the God/Man). It is through this doctrine that many religious groups leave the faith, and many false ideas and teachers arise.
NOTE: If Jesus Christ is not who He claimed to be, then we are hopelessly lost and condemned as sinners (messiah/prophet/lunatic – we believe He is the Messiah). This morning our desire it to take our own constitution and combine it with the doctrine of God to demonstrate how we will continue to make Christ known near and far to illuminate the name of Jesus.
SCRIPTURE: “By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John 4:13-16
TITLE: Three Biblical Truths about Christ (1 John 4:13-16)
POINT #1: We Believe Jesus Christ Existed with God Forever (1 John 4:13-14)
• Explanation: What John says here partners with Article three, section two in our church constitution states “We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, having precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience. I John 5:7; John 1:2,14; Acts 5:3,4”
o In this statement we (CGC in association with the global church of Saints) are declaring the same truth that John declares in the first two selected verses; God (the creator) gave us His Spirit (the counselor) through Jesus (the Son) as the Savior of the world. John claims here the doctrine that Jesus was existent before His earthly conception!