Sermon Notes 10-02-11pm
1 John 5: 13-17
Intro: I believe old John wrote the Gospel of John and 1 John at the
Same time…. Maybe the letter was a companion to the Gospel.
Gospel, but these things I have written so that you may believe
That Jesus is the Christ, the son of God; and that believing you
May have life in His name. (John 20:31)
1 John 5:13 – A complementary Purpose.
Note: You can have life, and not have Assurance
n Doubt is a common foe!
Confidence that Jesus is the Son of God
Confidence that I Know Him…Saved
n Moral test = obedience
n Social Test = love
n Doctrinal test = Confession of Faith in Jesus
t/s – Assurance is more than confidence that we will go to heaven
someday, one day, in the future….
Confidence in Prayer…. Read Vs. 14-15
We Ask, He Hears, We Have….
“According to His Will”
- A Limitation?
Ill – Like frequent flyer miles….you have to read the fine print)
- A Boundary
Boundaries bring freedom, not limitation!
“Confidence” = Free Speech!
Imagine praying, knowing, that whatever you asked,
No boundaries…. Would happen… Not a Word!
ILL – Elementary School playground study… Fence/None
n Fence gave Freedom!
t/s – John gives an example of our confidence in Prayer…
Interceding for a Brother
1 John 5: 16-17
We are intrigued, captivated by the obscure; but we overlook what is plain and clear….
ILL – Like a perfectly painted wall, with one Run…drip.
ILL – David James when discipling me….
“Just work on that parts you understand.”
The Obscure… “A Sin unto Death”
1) Specific Sin(s)
Catholic Idea of Mortal and Venial Sins… forgivable
10 commandments, etc…
Note: All Unrighteousness is Sin
2) A State of Willful Sinning
Notice no definite article with sin (16b, 17)
Note “the sin”, not “a sin” but “sin”
A state of sin…willfully chosen and persisted in…
Old Testament… High-Handed Sinning (Presumptuous)
3) The Unpardonable Sin…Blaspheme of the Spirit
A deliberate, arrogant, open-eyed rejection of the Truth
Concerning Jesus… Rejecting the Holy Spirit’s Witness!
n John’s “Anitchrists” the False Teachers within the church
The Clear Teaching of John…
What to do when you see your brother sinning
- Accuse; Attack; Avoid; Announce… ASK!
He will ask = future tense verb… A duty commanded, or expected
He will give him life == God will give sinner life, OR Intercedor…
A Promise of Restoration!
ILL – Pam Frisbie… Vanished… Instinct… She ran to lift him Up!
App – When I see a brother or sister sin and fail to Intercede;
My sin is likely greater than his.
Invitation: Instruments & Alter Call for Intercession!