17
Aug
17

Denying The Sin Within

There is a prevailing thought in our world today that people are generally good. There is this notion that people aren’t that bad and that we’re getting better all of the time. The Apostle John had a different take on the matter:

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. – 1 John 1:8 (NIV)

People are NOT good. We are, in all actuality, pretty rotten to the core. The events of Charlottesville this past weekend should be all that you need to see in order to know that people are capable of great evil. We’re ALL sinners. When we deny that fact, we are only deceiving ourselves. If we deny the fact that we’re sinners, we also deny the fact that we need a Savior. After all, if we’re not sinners, why do we need Someone to save us from them? If we’re all “good people,” then we don’t need anyone to save us. The truth is that we’re all sinners and we need a Savior. The good news of the Bible is that God, in His great love for us, reached down into our world and sent His Son, Jesus, to be our Savior. He is the only hope that we have.
16
Aug
17

Positioning Ourselves In The Light

The darkness is a scary place. It is a place with no light. Little children are afraid of the dark. Frankly, adults should be, too. This is what the Apostle John said about the darkness and the light:

If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. – 1 John 1:6-7 (NIV)

As a follower of Jesus, I need to position myself in the light because that’s where God is – in the light. If I want to be with God, I need to be in the light. Lies, lust, hatred, rage, greed, drunkenness and envy all belong to the darkness. If I want to be with God, I have to reject these deeds of darkness – and others – and walk in His light. We have to be filled with the Spirit of God and let Him take over and continually lead us to His light. Then we will be filled with the light of love, joy, peace and hope.
15
Aug
17

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

The latest message from Griffith First christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on Luke 14:15-24.

15
Aug
17

God Is Light

On August 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse and people are excited about it. They’re buying glasses and organizing parties. People are excited about the sun being blocked out completely and the skies going dark in the middle of the day. It’s a rather rare occurrence and darkness during the light of day won’t happen again for seven years.
The Apostle John talked about God, light and darkness in his first letter. He wrote:

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:5 (NIV)

God is the very definition of light and there is no darkness in Him at all. The light of God can never be eclipsed by the darkness of sin. The light of God can never be eclipsed by the darkness of evil or hate. God is pure light. He is holy and He is perfect. If you want light and truth, you have to seek after God. He is light and He will never lead you to the darkness.
14
Aug
17

We Have Fellowship With God

When you think of the gods of ancient Greece and Rome, you tend to think of these glorified human beings sitting up on a mountain who occasionally enter into the realm of humanity to mess with the lives of people. This is not the God of the Bible. The God of Scripture is an omnipotent, benevolent, divine Creator who became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ in order to come and experience life as a human and to die as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus, though He was God, humbled Himself and came to earth and knew what it was like to be fully human. John wrote:

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete. – 1 John 1:3-4 (NIV)

John says that our fellowship is with the Father and the Son. They’re not up on some cloud in Heaven saying, “I wonder what the humans are doing.” No, we have fellowship with the Father and the Son. We have a relationship with God by grace through faith in Jesus. There is intimate fellowship, not an aloof disregard for humanity. This loving relationship of fellowship is available to everyone by God’s grace.
11
Aug
17

Jesus Is Life

1 John 1:1 says that Jesus is the Word of life. John said that Jesus was real. He could be seen, heard and touched. John then goes on to write:

The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. – 1 John 1:2 (NIV)

Jesus is life. He does not merely give life. He was not just alive when He walked on earth. He was not only alive when God raised Him from the dead. Jesus is the very definition of life. If you want to have life, then you need Jesus. No one and nothing else can give you life the way that Jesus can. Why? Because Jesus is eternal life. Jesus said about Himself that He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Many things promise life, but only Jesus delivers. He makes good on His promise to grant life and life eternal. It is because Jesus is life.
10
Aug
17

Jesus Was Real

The Apostle John made a very important point at the very beginning of his first letter – Jesus was real. He wrote in verse 1:

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. – 1 John 1:1 (NIV)

Notice that John said that Jesus was heard, seen, looked at and touched. Jesus was not a ghost or a figment of his imagination. Jesus was real. Since Jesus was real, it means that He went through the full range of human experiences. He breathed air. He ate food. He probably stubbed His toe. He was even tempted to sin. What it all means is that Jesus knows what it is like to be human. This is why the Bible says that He can sympathize with us. Jesus is not aloof and unsympathetic toward us. He is kind and compassionate and that’s the kind of Savior we need and that’s the kind of Savior He is.



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