If We Walk in the Light

Message Series Jan 8 - Feb 19

If We Walk in the Light

Who wants a joyful life? A confident life? A love-filled life? The Life that is truly life has entered our world and walked among us. We can either walk in darkness or in his light. For seven Sundays we will explore the First Letter of John and learn about God’s offer of life in his Son.

January 8

The Word of Life

1 John 1:1 – 2:2

What do I assume? That as long as I’m basically a good person, it doesn’t matter to God what I do? That I don’t really need much forgiving? That Jesus living among us was optional? What we assume makes a huge difference! So, listen to Jesus. He’s the Word of life. Walk in his light.

January 15

The New Old Command

1 John 2:3-14

When you are commanded to do – or not do – something, do you bristle at it? Would you gladly obey if you genuinely believed it was for the best? You might. Jesus obeyed the Father’s commands out of love. Now he invites you to obey him. Step out of the darkness and into the light.

January 22

You Have the Anointing

1 John 2:15-29

Do you know someone who has “deconstructed” their faith and left Jesus behind? Will that ever happen to you? Remember, God has given you all you need to stay true. You have Jesus, the anointed One. You have God’s anointed Word. You have the anointing of the Holy Spirit. And if you live into that anointing, you can be confident that Jesus will always claim you as one of his own.

January 29

God’s Children Now

1 John 3:1-24

What changes when we put our faith in Jesus and put our lives in his hands? Everything! We become God’s children. We are being transformed into Christ-like people. We begin to practice self-sacrificing love. And we confidently look forward to seeing Jesus in the life to come. We are now God’s new kids on the rock!

February 5

God Is Love

1 John 4:1-21

How do we know if certain teachers are faithful or false? Here are some helpful questions. Do they believe or deny that Jesus is the Messiah sent in the flesh from the Father? Do they speak from the viewpoint of Christ or culture? Do they love or loathe our sisters and brothers in the Lord? We have to ask the last question because God is love.

February 12

Faith Conquers

1 John 5:1-12

Does it seem that sometimes you’re losing the daily battle? Is the world squeezing you into its mold? Good news: by faith in Jesus you will overcome the pressures of the world. His victory is your victory! His life is your life! Just keep listening to the Spirit and the Word.

February 19

The True God

1 John 5:13-21

What can we really know? Is anything certain? Yes, and it’s all about what we believe. We know God answers prayer. We know we have eternal life in Christ. We know we are God’s children. We know sin no longer runs our lives. We know the one true God who came to us in person. There’s a lot you can know.