Hello all, here are the links to my sermon from yesterday. It was from 1 John 4 and titled, “A call to love one another, watch out for false teachers and live without fear”.
The main points and a summary of each are below…
1. A warning to watch out for false teachers
In verses 1-6 John gives us a warning against teachers who speak of things not from the Spirit of God.
1 John 4:1-3 NIV – “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2
John recognised that false teachers with ulterior motives were coming into the church to lead people astray. John warns us to test the spirit that is behind what they are saying.
2. A call to brotherly and sisterly love
In verses 7-16 John reminds us again to love our brothers and sisters in Christ. This is the third time in four chapters. It is something John is pretty passionate about.
Verse 12 says “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
I don’t know about you, but I want a complete love. I want to follow Christ’s example of sacrificial love and I want to help my brothers and sisters in Christ who are in need as we saw in chapter 3.
3. Perfect love drives out fear
My last point for today is perfect love drives out all fear. Tucked away in verses 17-18 is a powerful point about fear – perfect love drives out fear.
Verses 17 and 18 in today’s readings says, “In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
So, in the context of our passage today, we can have confidence on the day of judgement, because we trust Christ. We know and have experienced His perfect love that reaches out from eternity and drives out all fear. Our rewards for what we have done with our knowledge and faith in Christ will be handed out.