Spiritual DNA

I John 5:1-5

The Lord once told a very religious man name Nicodemus, that he must be “born again” to go to heaven. If a person is truly “born again,” then there will be certain spiritual, genetic markers or indicators in that person’s life. Today we examine these indicators.

v. 1-2 An affection for God’s children.

v. 3 A desire to apply God’s commandments in their life.

v. 4-5 An aversion to the world.

Romans 12:1-2

Faith is acting on God’s promises.

Let Our Church Preach It

I John 4:12-16

God is invisible, so how does He reveal Himself to us? Through general revelation and special revelation, which includes the “Written Word” and the “Living Word.” Since the “Living Word” is no longer physically present on Earth, how does God reveal Himself? Through His body, the Church!

v. 12a - The Primary Point

Ref: John 4:24; I Timothy 1:17, Colossians 1:15; John 1:18

v. 12-15 - A Pair of Prerequisites
* Must be indwelt by the Holy Spirit (v. 13)
I Corinthians 6:19; Romans 8:9
* Must confess the Son as Savior (v. 14-15)
Romans 10:9-10; I Timothy 1:15; John 3:16

v. 12b, 16 - The Practical Process
Ref John 5:12, Romans 5:8, John 13:34-35, Revelation 2:1-5

The world will know we are Christ’s disciples by our love for one another!

The Real God of Love

I John 4:7-12

The pagan symbol for Valentine’s Day is a little guy named Cupid. The Romans called him “the god of love.” This morning, we will see from scripture who the real God of love is.

v. 7-8 How God’s love is presented

v. 9-10 How God’s love is proven

Reference: Romans 5:8; Romans 10:13; John 3:16; Hebrews 9:1-4 11-14

v. 11-12 How our love is to be practiced

Reference: John 12:34-35; John 3:5-8

God created us to have a relationship with Him. How do we know God is real? By seeing God working through us to show His love for those around us.

Test the Teacher

I John 4:1-6

We all know there are various ways for a teacher to test the student. But if we turn the tables, how do we test the teacher?

v. 1 - Danger of the false teachers. Note: The Holy Spirit will never, ever lead us contrary to the Word of God.

Ref: Acts 17:10-11
I Thessalonians 5:21
Ephesians 6:12
John 16:13-15

v. 2-3 - Distinction of all false teachers.

v. 4 - Dealing with false teachers.

v. 5-6 Distinguishing between good/bad teachers.

Ref: Matthew 7:15

Do you hunger to know God? Do you hunger for His Word?