Sermon Notes 09-18-11pm
1 John 4: 13-16
Intro: I was a 20 year old Youth Minister, “Ask Jesus into Heart”
- My heart pumps blood.
- The idea of Jesus indwelling is a mystery…. Reality
- Christians have a Vital (pertaining to Life) connection with God through Jesus Christ
- The love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Rom 5:5
Key NT word used to describe this vital connection…Indwelling
ABIDE to remain, to dwell in, to stay connected
Quote John 15
ILL – Corrie Ten Boom
Christians are like some railway tickets in the US.
“Not good if Detached”
Old John kept using the word Abide… Central to his idea of the Christian Life.
Key word for our text tonight.
The same themes stacked around this idea of Abiding.
Reciprocal Indwelling (3x) = We abide in God, He in Us
Read 1 John 4: 13-16
Note: Vs. 16a – The theology that robs Christ of Godhead robs
God of the glory of His love. John RW Stott
How We Come to Know Jesus and New Life.
1) The Apostolic Witness (14)
“WE” = first person plural pronoun…. John & Eye Witnesses
Cf. vs. 12 – “Seen”….same word…to peer & ponder
Doctrinal summation in vs. 14
n Father’s Love; Jesus’ Sonship; Our Need of Salvation
2) The Holy Spirit Within (13)
John 15: 26-27
The objective historical witness of the Apostles; and the subjective personal witness of the Holy Spirit.
Evidence of the Holy Spirit Alive and At Work Within —
1) Abiding in Love (16)
Major theme of John….Have ears to Hear.
2) Confession of Jesus, Son of God (15)
Verb tense points to a Single, Decisive Action
Confess = to say the same…. Cf. 1 John 1:9… Agree
n Public Expression
n Personal Identification
n A Costly Act of Loyalty
ILL – When my friend…bully…picked On little brother…I stood beside him…
Ill – Today, in an Islamic country… two of our own
Work with a man… confession brings hardship
Concl./Inv. – Have you ever made a personal & public identification
With Jesus… Son of God & Savior of the World.