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!


Matthew 24:4-8

After Jesus announced to His disciples that the temple would be destroyed, they asked Him two questions:  1) When will this happen? and 2) What is the sign of your coming and the end of the age?  Matthew 24 and 25 is the Lord's response to these two questions and this section of scripture is referred to as the Olivet Discourse.  Let's look to the scripture and consider the signs of the time...

Sign #1 - The rise of false messiahs. v. 4-5     Satan is the master deceiver. 
            Reference:  Mark 13:21-22and I John 4:1

Sign #2 - Increased talk about wars and rumors of war.  v. 6-7a
             Reference:  Revelation 19:17-21

Sign #3 - An increase in natural disasters. v. 7b
              Reference:  Luke 21:10-11,  Revelation 6:12-17, and I John 3:2-3