I John 3:4-10

A world class gymnast will strive to receive a perfect score of three “10’s” in every event. Very few achieve that perfection. Likewise, a Christian will not achieve sinless perfection this side of heaven, but our passage today can show us how to live a more Christ-like life.

v. 4-5 - Rest in His provision - Our nature is to rebel against authority.

Ref James 2:10 Jesus came to take away sins because He is sinless.

v. 6-8 - Revise our old practice - Making the right choice should be the norm.

v. 9-10 - Rely on His power - Christ implants a new seed/ a new nature within us. As Christians, we have a chance to live a victorious life.

Ref I Corinthians 15:45 - We have 2 natures - the one we feed the most will win!

Be Ready

I John 2:28- 3:3

The apostle John repeats a sign that will help a person KNOW they are truly in the faith. This would be the “moral test” or “obedience test.” In today’s passage, he links it to the second coming of Christ, which should be a sure motivator to live an obedient life.

v. 28 - Our passage Ref I Thessalonians 4:13-18

v. 29 - Our practice. Practice of righteousness is a demonstration of our faith.

Doing what is right is the norm.

v. 1 - Our pedigree

Envision what it will be like when we stand in front of God o give an account of our life.

v. 2 - Our potential Ref Romans 8:28-29

God is conforming us to the image of his Son, Jesus Christ.

v. 3 - Our purity Our hope is to be like Christ. Christ is the object of our Hope.

What we believe affects the way we live!

I Corinthians 3:10-15 - Grade of God - our foundation is laid on Jesus Christ!

Are you more like Christ today than you were yesterday?

Truth or Consequences

I John 2:18-27

Truth is absolute and not relative. We must be aware that there are “false teachers” today who would try and deceive us with lies and half truths. We must know the truth so we can discern and avoid these false teachers.

False Teachers Will camouflage themselves and…

v. 18-19 - Depart from the fellowship

v. 22-23 - Deny the faith

v. 26 - Try to deceive the faithful

Reference I John 4:1

Our actions are based on what we believe. We must be discerning.

Every believer must study the scripture for themselves.

Give it up for Jesus!

2 Corinthians 9:6-11

A recent survey in Christianity Today said 41% of Americans with evangelical beliefs and who attend church once a month or more say their church teaches them if they give more money to their church, God will bless them in return. I believe God’s word teaches a better way to respond.

v. 6 - The Principle - If a child of God trusts God to take care of them and they give obediently, God will take care of them. God is looking for our obedience and trust in Him!
Luke 6:38 - Give and it will be given to you. Reap what you sow. If we reap sparingly, we sow sparingly.

v. 7 - The Problem - Our motivation is our love for God. Our attitude toward money is a barometer of the spiritual nature of our hearts.

v. 8-11 - The Promise - God is able! God supplies the seed. God multiples the seed.
Ephesians 3:20-21 - God is able to do exceedingly more.
2 Corinthians 8:1-5 - Grace of God.

Don’t be in bondage to money! Give until it feels GOOD!

The Love God Hates

I John 2:12-17

We recently learned how a person’s deep, abiding love for the brethren was an indicator or sign that person was truly in the faith. Today’s study shows how a love for the world might indicate something else. Let me show you four reasons why a Christian should not get too cozy with the world.

v. 12-14 - Reason #1 - Who is the Christian?
reference: I John 5:12-13; I Peter 2:1-3; 2 Peter 3:17-18

v. 15 - Reason #2 - What is the world?
Kosmos = the anti-God/Anti-Bible world system
Ephesians 6:11-12

v. 15-16 - Reason #3 What does the world do to us?
Saps our spiritual vitality!
I John 1:9

v. 17 - Reason #4 - Where is the world going?
Matthew 7:24-27

More Month than Money!

Haggai 1:1-8

Many, if not most Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck and often experience more month than money. Why is that? I think it is a spiritual issue and a matter of misplaced priorities. Let me show you from scripture why I believe this and how we can grow in our faith and experience freedom from financial bondage.

v. 1-2 The reluctance of the people to obey God and rebuild the temple.

v. 3-5 The rebuke of the people by God - misplaced priorities.

v. 6 The result in people’s lives when they misplace priorities.

v. 7-8 The remedy for a person in this situation.

The Result - Experience the joy of spiritual giving and freedom from financial bondage!

Reference scriptures: Proverbs 22:7; Malachi 3:7-11; Proverbs 3:9-10

Perfected Love

I John 2:3-6

“Perfected love” - meaning our “love of God” and how that love matures and grows. What does our growing and maturing love for God look like?

v. 3-4 Experiential knowledge - How can we know?

This is our moral test/ our obedience test and is a strong indicator of faith. Is there a hunger and desire to obey God? Our fruit, our desires, will demonstrate our love for God.

Scripture references: 2 Timothy 1:12 and Matthew 7:21-23

v. 5 - How do we grow?

This is our attitude test. What is our attitude toward God’s Word? We have to be willing to do God’s will or He won’t reveal it to us.

Scripture references: I John 4:19, Psalm 119:105, and John 14:15

v. 6 - Abide in Christ - How we show - we walk in the Lord’s footsteps.

Scripture references: John 15:1-5 and Proverbs 28:13

The Christian life is a maturing/growing/perfecting process!