Darren Larson - September 29, 2013

Confidence in Christ

One big implication of a life in Christ is that we can have confidence. This is not confidence in ourselves, but confidence in Jesus: Confidence in what He did in history, Confidence in what the Bible says about Him, Confidence that He can and will continue to work in our lives. This passage wants to answer a few questions for us: How do we come to have faith and confidence in what the Bible says about the person of Christ? How do we come to have confidence in our confession that Jesus is the Son of God and Savior of Sinners? How do we come to have a confidence in the person of Christ, in who He is? John tells us that God does not require of us blind faith, but in His kindness He has given testimony as to who Jesus is. And in this passage John points to a three-part testimony to the person of Christ which God has given to all people that we might have a confident assurance in the person who is the object of our faith. In 1 John 5:6-20, we see this three-part testimony to the person of Christ described and explained by John. Then John speaks to us about what our response needs to be to Jesus and to this testimony about Jesus. Key Points from our Sermon on Confidence in Christ Here are some of the main take-aways from our sermon on 1 John 5:6-21 along with the time and recording where you can learn more about that point. If Jesus is your God, you will love what He loves and hate what He hates. (4:45) God has given us three signs to help our faith in Christ: Jesus’ baptism gives us confidence in his sonship and divinity (11:20) Jesus’ death gives us confidence that salvation is real (14:30) The Holy Spirit gives us confidence because we can have an experience with God each and every day. (15:06) “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. ” 1 John 5:11-12 ESV (18:35) Prayer is not an attempt to get God to see things my way. Prayer is submitting our will to his. (28:25)

Scripture References: 1 John 5:6-21

From Series: "The Fundamentals"

Many of us have probably experienced a D.T.R. You know, that moment when you “Define The Relationship” with a significant other so there is no confusion on the status of the relationship! Similarly 1st John could be described as a letter written to define the relationship… the relationship between Christ and His people, and people with one another. When a person begins a relationship with Jesus Christ, there are some things that need to be defined in how we live out our relationship with Christ and each other. These are the fundamentals of the Christian faith. This sermon series was delivered in July, August, and September of 2013.

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