Faithlife Sermons

On Guard Against Sin

Pastor Randy Bradley
The Book of First John  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  25:03
1 rating
· 13 views

As we wrap up the book of First John we are reminded of all the things John has said in this book. We are children of God who must guard against false teachers and false religion. We have come to know and abide in God because Christ has given us the understanding that we are sinners in need of a savior.

Files
Notes
Transcript
1 THE ABC EVENING NEWS REPORTED ABOUT A NEW INVENTION— • A CHAIR ATTACHED TO A SHOTGUN. • YOU USE IT BY SITTING IN THE CHAIR • AND LOOKING DIRECTLY INTO THE GUN BARREL. • THE GUN WAS LOADED AND SET ON A TIMER TO FIRE • AT AN UNDETERMINED MOMENT WITHIN THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS. • THE AMAZING THING WAS THAT PEOPLE WAITED IN LINES • TO SIT AND STARE INTO THE GUN’S PATH! • THEY ALL KNEW THE GUN COULD GO OFF AT POINT-BLANK RANGE AT ANY MOMENT, • BUT THEY WERE GAMBLING THAT THE FATAL BLAST • WOULDN’T HAPPEN DURING THEIR MINUTE IN THE CHAIR. • NOW I KNOW THIS SOUNDS ABSURD TO US • WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD SIT DOWN • IN FRONT OF A SHOTGUN THAT’S GOING TO GO OFF AT SOME POINT • WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS DOING ALL THE TIME • THEY’RE PLAYING WITH… HANDLING… AND SITTING DOWN… • RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF SIN.. NECK DEEP IN SIN…. • SITTING DOWN RIGHT AT THE FEET OF SATAN... • JUST WAITING FOR THAT SIN TO BLOW THEIR HEAD CLEAN OFF (PAUSE) • AS BELIEVERS WE NEED TO BE ON GUARD • WE NEED TO BE DEFENDING OURSELVES • WE NEED TO BE PREPARED, BECAUSE THE WORLD IS FULL OF SIN. • AND JUST LIKE A SHOTGUN IN YOUR FACE • IT’S GOING TO GO OFF AT SOME POINT IF YOU’RE NOT PREPARED • IF YOU’RE NOT READY IF YOU’RE SITTING THERE • IN THE GRIP OF SIN. • ONE OF THE WAYS WE CAN BE PREPARED… BE READY • IS TO BE SURE OF WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE KNOW • WE ARE CALLED TO LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE AS CHILDREN OF GOD • WE ARE LIVE IN THIS WORLD BUT WE ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD • WE NEED TO KNOW THAT WE ARE OF GOD • WE ARE CALLED TO KEEP OUR SELVES FROM SIN • TO GUARD OURSELVES FROM FALSE GODS • THE MAN WHO HEARS THE START OF A DIRTY JOKE NEEDS TO WALK AWAY • THE WOMAN WHO SEES SIN BEING GLORIFIED ON HER TV NEEDS TO CHANGE THE CHANNEL • THE KID IN SCHOOL WHO SEES HIS FRIENDS SINNING IT UP • NEEDS TO GET SOME NEW FRIENDS • ALL THESE FOLKS NEED TO BE ON GUARD • NEED TO KEEP THEMSELVES FROM TEMPTATION • THEY NEED TO WALK IN GOD • NOT IN THE SIN OF THE WORLD • TURN TO 1 JOHN 5:18 • THIS IS THE CONCLUSION TO THE BOOK OF 1ST JOHN • JOHN HAS JUST SPENT 5 CHAPTERS TELLING THEM • THEY CAN HAVE ASSURANCE OF THEIR SALVATION • THAT THEY DON’T NEED TO LISTEN TO FALSE TEACHERS • THEY ARE TO TRUST IN CHRIST AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER • NOW HE WILL SUM UP THE ENTIRE BOOK IN THESE LAST 4 VERSES 1 JOHN 5:18 WE KNOW THAT NO ONE WHO IS BORN OF GOD SINS; BUT HE WHO WAS BORN OF GOD KEEPS HIM, AND THE EVIL ONE DOES NOT TOUCH HIM. WE NEED KNOW…WHO KNOWS GOD • THREE TIMES IN THESE LAST 4 VERSES • JOHN IS GOING TO USE THE WORDS WE KNOW • JOHN IS USING THIS PHRASE TO REMIND HIS READERS • OF THE THINGS HE HAS TOLD THEM IN THIS LETTER • THEY KNOW THESE THINGS BECAUSE HE HAS JUST TOLD THEM THESE THINGS • FIRST, HE SAYS; • WE KNOW THAT NO ONE WHO IS BORN OF GOD SINS; • THE POINT HERE IS NOT THAT BELIEVERS NEVER SIN • THE WORD SIN HERE MEANS HABITUAL, ONGOING SIN, SIN LIFESTYLE • THE POINT IS THAT THOSE LIVING AN UN-REPENTANT SIN FILLED LIFE ARE NOT BELIEVERS. • IN CONTEXT THIS IS ABOUT THE SINFUL LIFESTYLE OF THE FALSE TEACHERS • THIS INDICATES THAT THEY DO NOT KNOW GOD, ARE NOT SAVED…. • THIS CONCEPT IS ONE OF THE MAJOR POINTS OF THIS BOOK • IF WE KNOW IT LIKE JOHN SAYS WE KNOW IT • IT WILL CHANGE WHO WE LISTEN TO ABOUT GOD’S WORD • IF WE SEE SOMEONE LIVING A SIN FILLED LIFE, JUST SINNING IT UP • NOT REPENTING, NOT CONFESSING, CALLING SIN SOMETHING OTHER THAN SIN • WE WILL KNOW THEY ARE NOT BORN OF GOD • AND WE WILL NOT LISTEN TO WHAT THEY TEACH… • BEING CAREFUL WHO WE LISTEN TO IS UP TO US • SEE WE NEED TO KNOW OUR PART • THERE ARE ALOTTA THINGS IN THIS LIFE • WE ARE NOT IN CHARGE OF… • THE WEATHER, OTHER PEOPLE’S HAPPINESS • OUR CIRCUMSTANCES, HOW OUR KIDS TURN OUT • BUT WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP OUR SELVES FROM SIN • UNFORTUNATELY, OUR NASB BIBLE • DOES NOT REALLY MAKE THIS CLEAR WHEN IT TRANSLATES THIS VERSE • BUT HE WHO WAS BORN OF GOD KEEPS HIM • THEY ARE TAKING IT TO MEAN CHRIST KEEPS US SAFE FROM SATAN • AND WHILE THIS IS A TRUE STATEMENT THAT IS NOT WHAT JOHN IS TALKING ABOUT • IN THIS CASE THE KING JAMES VERSION IS MUCH MORE ACCURATE WHEN IT WRITES • KJV: BUT HE THAT IS BEGOTTEN OF GOD KEEPETH HIMSELF, AND THAT WICKED ONE TOUCHETH HIM NOT. • IT IS REALLY VERY CLEAR IN THE OLDEST GREEK MANUSCRIPTS • THAT IT IS NOT TALKING ABOUT CHRIST KEEPING US • BUT US KEEPING OUR SELVES • JOHN HAS JUST SAID THAT NO ONE WHO IS OF GOD LIVES A SINFUL LIFESTYLE • NOW HE IS EXPLAINING THAT ANYONE WHO IS BORN OF GOD • KEEPS HIMSELF FROM A SINFUL LIFESTYLE • AGAIN, THIS IS SOMETHING JOHN HAS TALKED ABOUT • THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE BOOK • CONFESS YOUR SINS, REPENT FROM YOUR SINS, WALK WITH GOD • ABIDE IN CHRIST, LOVE ONE ANOTHER , TRUST IN CHRIST • ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE HOW WE KEEP OURSELVES • PAUL EXPLAINS KEEPING OUR SELVES BY SAYING; EPHESIANS 6:11 PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD, SO THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO STAND FIRM AGAINST THE SCHEMES OF THE DEVIL. • SEE, IF WE KNOW OUR PART, WE CAN STAND FIRM • WE PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD • BY CONFESSING AND REPENTING, TRUSTING IN CHRIST • LOVING ONE ANOTHER, WALKING WITH, ABIDING IN CHRIST…. • AND WHEN WE DO THAT, WE CAN KNOW SATAN’S LIMITATION • WE CAN KNOW THAT SATAN CANNOT MAKE US SIN • JOHN SAYS; AND THE EVIL ONE DOES NOT TOUCH HIM. • IN MY MIND THE WORD TOUCH MEANS TO COME IN CONTACT WITH • BUT THIS WORD MEANS TO CAUSE SLIGHT HARM • I THINK WHAT JOHN IS SAYING IS THAT WHEN WE KEEP OUR SELVES • BY WALKING WITH ABIDING IN CHRIST • SATAN CANNOT CAUSE US EVEN THE SLIGHTEST HARM BY MAKING US SIN • JAMES SAYS SOMETHING SIMILAR IN JAMES 4:7 SUBMIT YOURSELVES THEREFORE TO GOD. RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU. • MOST PEOPLE JUST READ THE “RESIST THE DEVIL” PART OF THAT VERSE • THEY MISS WHAT IT SAYS BEFORE… SUBMIT YOURSELVES THEREFOR TO GOD • SEE BEFORE WE CAME TO CHRIST, WHEN WE WERE WITHOUT GOD • WE HAD NO MEANS, NO POWER, NO ABILITY TO RESIST THE DEVIL • NOW THAT WE ARE IN CHRIST, WE KEEP CAN OUR SELVES FROM SIN • WE CAN RESIST THE DEVIL HE NO LONGER CAN MAKE US SIN NOW IF I’VE GOT A REMOTE CONTROL CAR • AND I PUSH THE BUTTON TO GO LEFT IT GOES LEFT. • THERE’S NOTHING THAT CAR CAN DO ABOUT THAT • HE CAN’T RESIST IT… HE CAN’T STAND FIRM AGAINST IT • THERE IS NOTHING HE CAN DO BUT GO LEFT • WHEN I PUSH THE BUTTON TO GO LEFT IT’S GOING TO GO LEFT • THAT’S CALLED CONTROL. • NOW IF I’VE GOT A DOG AND I YELL AT HIM TO GO LEFT • HE MIGHT GO LEFT HE MIGHT NOT • IF HE’S A GOOD DOG HE WILL LISTEN TO MY WORDS AND GO LEFT • THAT’S CALLED INFLUENCE • THE DOG MAY OR MAY NOT DO WHAT I SAY • IF HE LISTENS TO MY INFLUENCE, HE GOES LEFT…. • THERE IS A VAST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONTROL AND INFLUENCE • BEFORE WE CAME TO CHRIST, SATAN HAD CONTROL OVER US • THOSE WHO HAVE NOT ACCEPTED, TRUSTED IN JESUS CHRIST, • SATAN STILL HAS CONTROL OVER. • HE SAYS GO LEFT, SIN, AND THEY GO LEFT… THEY SIN • ONCE WE’VE ACCEPTED, TRUSTED IN JESUS CHRIST AS OUR SAVIOR, • SATAN NO LONGER HAS THAT REMOTE CONTROL…. • BUT, HE STILL HAS INFLUENCE • IF WE DON’T GUARD AGAINST, IF WE DON’T DEFEND AGAINST, IF WE’RE NOT PREPARED • THEN WE’LL LISTEN TO HIS INFLUENCE WHEN HE SAYS GO LEFT… • EVEN THOUGH HE DOES NOT HAVE CONTROL OVER US ANYMORE. • WHEN SOMEBODY CONSISTENTLY READS THEIR BIBLE, • WHEN THEY GO TO BIBLE STUDY, GO TO CHURCH • WHEN THEY LISTEN TO CHRISTIAN MUSIC • WHEN THEY PRAY TO GOD… CONFESS THEIR SINS • SPEND TIME HELPING AND SERVING OTHER PEOPLE • SATAN CAN’T TOUCH HIM, HIS INFLUENCE IS WEAKENED BY THEIR WALK WITH GOD • HE IS STILL THERE…STILL TRYING TO TEMPT THEM • BUT THE MORE WE WALK WITH GOD, THE CLOSER WE WALK WITH GOD • THE LESS HE INFLUENCES, THE LESS WE ARE TEMPTED • OF COURSE, MOST OF THE WORLD IS NOT WALKING WITH GOD 1 JOHN 5:19 WE KNOW THAT WE ARE OF GOD, AND THAT THE WHOLE WORLD LIES IN THE POWER OF THE EVIL ONE. WE NEED TO KNOW WHERE WE ARE FROM • JOHN JUST TOLD THEM THAT PEOPLE • WHO ARE BORN OF GOD KEEP THEM SELVES FROM SIN • NOW JOHN MAKES PERSONAL, SAYING • WE KNOW THAT WE ARE OF GOD, • TO BE OF GOD IS THE SAME THINGS AS BEING BORN OF GOD • AGAIN, THIS IS A MAJOR THEME IN THROUGHOUT THE BOOK OF 1ST JOHN • JOHN HAS TALKED ABOUT • KNOWING OUR POSITION AS CHILDREN OF GOD • LIVING LIKE CHILDREN OF GOD BECAUSE WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD • HE HAS TOLD US TO HAVE CONFIDENCE AS CHILDREN OF GOD • HE HAS TOLD US WE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE • AND HERE ONCE MORE IN THE CONCLUSION HE TELLS US • THAT WE KNOW THAT WE ARE OF GOD, • THIS MEANS WE ARE CALLED TO KEEP OUR SELVES FROM SIN • THIS STATEMENT CLARIFIES WHO KEEPS THEM SELF FROM SIN • BUT IT ALSO PART OF A COMPARISON • BETWEEN BELIEVERS AND THE WORLD • WE NEED TO KNOW THE WORLD ALLOWS SATAN TO RULE • CHRISTIANS, THOSE BORN OF GOD, KEEP THEM SELVES FROM A SINFUL LIFESTYLE • IN COMPARISON • THE WHOLE WORLD LIES IN THE POWER OF THE EVIL ONE. • WHEN JOHN SAYS THE WHOLE WORLD • HE MEANS EVERYONE WHO IS NOT BORN OF GOD • WE MIGHT WANT TO THINK THAT IT IS JUST THE REALLY EVIL PEOPLE • THAT ARE IN THE POWER OF THE EVIL ONE • BUT ALL THOSE WHO HAVE NOT TRUSTED JESUS CHRIST ARE IN HIS POWER • AND THIS IDEA OF LAYING IN THE POWER OF THE EVIL ONE • IS MUCH MORE INTENSE THAT IT SOUNDS • LAYING IN THE POWER… MEANS REST AT THE FEET OF • IT MEANS PASSIVELY ALLOWING, NOT EVEN STRUGGLING AGAINST SATAN RULING • SATAN DOES NOT HAVE TO FORCE PEOPLE TO SIN • THEY WILLING ALLOW THE EVIL ONE TO GUIDE THEIR ACTIONS • THIS COMPARISON REALLY MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE AS CHRISTIANS • ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD, THIS EXPLAINS WHY • WHEN WE LOOK AT THE NEWS • AND SEE THESE STORIES OF THINGS HAPPENING • AND HOW PEOPLE BEHAVE AND WHAT THEY THINK IS RIGHT • AND WE DON’T UNDERSTAND AND WE DON’T AGREE AND WE DON’T FIT IN… • WE FEEL LIKE OH MY…. HOW CAN THEY POSSIBLY THINK, FEEL, SAY THAT. • IT’S BECAUSE WE’RE NOT OF THIS WORLD • WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD WE ARE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN • AND THIS WORLD IS LAYING AT THE FEET OF SATAN ASKING HIM TO RULE OVER THEM. • BUT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW WE GOT TO WHERE WE ARE • IT IS NOT BECAUSE WE ARE SO SMART OR SO PURE SO PERFECT ON OUR OWN 1 JOHN 5:20 AND WE KNOW THAT THE SON OF GOD HAS COME, AND HAS GIVEN US UNDERSTANDING SO THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM WHO IS TRUE; AND WE ARE IN HIM WHO IS TRUE, IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. THIS IS THE TRUE GOD AND ETERNAL LIFE. KNOWING WE KNOW BECAUSE OF CHRIST • JOHN IS WRITING THIS BOOK TO REFUTE FALSE TEACHERS • THESE FALSE TEACHERS THOUGHT THEIR SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE • THEIR GREAT PERSONAL SPIRITUALITY • THEIR AMAZING PRACTICES • BROUGHT THEM INTO RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD • JOHN HAS TALKED ABOUT COMING TO KNOW GOD • BY PLACING OUR FAITH IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST • IN THIS CONCLUSION HE MAKES IT VERY CLEAR • WE CAN ONLY KNOW GOD AND ABIDE IN HIM BECAUSE CHRIST CAME AND GAVE US UNDERSTANDING. • AND WE KNOW THAT THE SON OF GOD HAS COME, AND HAS GIVEN US UNDERSTANDING • WE COULD NOT SAVE OUR SELVES • NOT BY OUR KNOWLEDGE AND NOT BY OUR WORKS • CHRIST HAD TO COME AND CHRIST HAD TO GIVE US UNDERSTANDING • WE COULD NOT GET IT ON OUR OWN • THE FALSE TEACHERS WERE CLAIMING TO HAVE GOTTEN • UNDERSTANDING ALL ON THEIR OWN • THEY CLAIMED SPECIAL UNDERSTANDING THAT NO ONE ELSE HAD • WHAT THEY TAUGHT DID NOT COME FROM CHRIST • BUT THAT SPECIAL UNDERSTANDING COULD NOT SAVE THEM • JOHN SAYS CHRIST GAVE US UNDERSTANDING • BUT WHAT IS THIS UNDERSTANDING • THAT HE GAVE US? • THE YOUNG MAN WHO DOES NOT KNOW CHRIST • WHO IS LIVING IN SIN AND SUDDENLY UNDERSTANDS HE IS A SINNER, • UNDERSTANDS HE NEEDS A SAVIOR, • UNDERSTANDS THAT JESUS CHRIST DIED ON THE CROSS TO PAY FOR HIS SIN. • THIS YOUNG MAN COULD ONLY UNDERSTAND THIS • BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST CAME AND GAVE HIM UNDERSTANDING • WE ARE NOT CAPABLE OF COMING TO THIS UNDERSTANDING ON OUR OWN • THIS IS THE UNDERSTANDING…. • WITHOUT CHRIST GIVING US THIS UNDERSTANDING • WE CANNOT KNOW THAT WE ARE SINNERS IN NEED OF A SAVIOR • AND THE HE IS THE SAVIOR WHO DIED TO PAY FOR OUR SINS • AND WE MUST UNDERSTAND THESE THINGS IF WE ARE TO KNOW GOD • WE NEED TO KNOW ABIDING IN CHRIST IS ABIDING GOD • THE IDEA OF ABIDING IS ALL OVER THIS BOOK • AND SOMETIMES IT CAN BE HARD TO TELL • IF JOHN IS TALKING ABOUT ABIDING IN GOD OR ABIDING IN CHRIST • SO HERE IN THE CONCLUSION JOHN MAKES IT CLEAR • THAT ABIDING IN CHRIST AND ABIDING IN GOD ARE THE SAME THING • HE SAYS; • SO THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM WHO IS TRUE; AND WE ARE IN HIM WHO IS TRUE, IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. • THAT PHRASE “HIM WHO IS TRUE” MEANS GOD, WE KNOW THAT FOR SURE • BECAUSE JESUS IS DESCRIBED AS HIS SON • AND DID YOU SEE HOW JOHN SAID WE ARE IN HIM WHO IS TRUE, IN HIS SON • THIS MEANS WE ARE IN BOTH HIM WHO IS TRUE AND IN HIS SON • IF WE ARE ABIDING IN CHRIST, WE ARE ABIDING IN GOD • IF WE HAVE THE SON, WE HAVE THE FATHER • IF WE WALK WITH GOD, WE WALK WITH CHRIST • AND THERE IS A VERY SIMPLE REASON WHY THIS IS TRUE • BUT TO UNDERSTAND THIS SIMPLE REASON • WE NEED TO KNOW JESUS CHRIST IS GOD • THIS IS A VERY SIMPLE CONCEPT • JESUS IS GOD, THE FATHER IS GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD • THEY ARE THREE PERSONS IN ONE BEING • WHILE THIS CONCEPT IS SIMPLE UNDERSTANDING • HOW THIS WORKS IS FAR BEYOND HUMAN CAPACITY • THE GOOD NEWS IS WE DO NOT NEED TO KNOW HOW IT WORKS • WE JUST NEED TO KNOW THAT IT IS A FACT • JOHN STATES THIS FACT WHEN HE SAYS; • THIS IS THE TRUE GOD AND ETERNAL LIFE. • SOME FOLKS WANNA SAY THIS IS TALKING ABOUT THE FATHER • THAT HE IS THE TRUE GOD AND ETERNAL LIFE • BUT THE GRAMMAR IN THE GREEK POINT TO JESUS • AND NEVER ONCE IS GOD THE FATHER CALLED ETERNAL LIFE • AND THE CONTEXT OF THE ENTIRE BOOK • POINTS TO THIS PHRASE BEING ABOUT JESUS CHRIST • THE FALSE TEACHERS WERE TEACHING THAT JESUS WAS NOT DIVINE • AND JOHN IN HIS CONCLUSION MAKES IT VERY CLEAR THAT • JESUS IS THE TRUE GOD AND ETERNAL LIFE • ANYONE SAYING JESUS IS LESS THAN GOD • IS IN A VERY TOUGH SPOT C.S. LEWIS ONCE WROTE: • ‘I AM TRYING HERE TO PREVENT ANYONE SAYING • THE REALLY FOOLISH THING THAT PEOPLE OFTEN SAY ABOUT HIM: • ‘I’M READY TO ACCEPT JESUS AS A GREAT MORAL TEACHER, • BUT I DON’T ACCEPT HIS CLAIM TO BE GOD.’ • THAT IS THE ONE THING WE MUST NOT SAY. • A MAN WHO WAS MERELY A MAN AND SAID THE SORT OF THINGS JESUS SAID • WOULD NOT BE A GREAT MORAL TEACHER… YOU MUST MAKE YOUR CHOICE. • EITHER THIS MAN WAS, AND IS, THE SON OF GOD; • OR ELSE A MADMAN OR SOMETHING WORSE. • YOU CAN SHUT HIM UP FOR A FOOL … • OR YOU CAN FALL AT HIS FEET AND CALL HIM LORD AND GOD.’" • JOHN HAS TOLD THEM WHO CHRIST IS, GOD • HE WILL NOW GIVE ONE FINAL INSTRUCTION 1 JOHN 5:21 LITTLE CHILDREN, GUARD YOURSELVES FROM IDOLS. KNOWING WHAT WE GUARD AGAINST • I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT THIS KINDA SEEMED OUTTA PLACE TO ME • I DON’T RECALL JOHN MENTIONING IDOLS ANYWHERE IN THE BOOK • AND OUTTA NOWHERE HE GIVES AN INSTRUCTION • TO GUARD YOURSELVES FROM IDOLS • THE TEXT REALLY DOES SAY IDOLS • BUT HERE’S THE THING THAT WORD IDOLS • IS JUST A WAY OF SAYING FALSE RELIGION • AND JOHN CHOSE THIS WORD VERY CAREFULLY • IDOLS ARE THINGS MADE BY MAN • USED TO WORSHIP FALSE GODS • IN A FALSE RELIGION • JOHN’S PURPOSE IN WRITING THIS BOOK • WAS TO CORRECT THE FALSE TEACHERS AND THEIR FALSE RELIGION • SO, ONE LAST TIME AT THE END OF THE LETTER • HE HAS GIVEN HIS READERS AN INSTRUCTION • TO GUARD AGAINST FALSE TEACHERS AND THEIR FALSE RELIGION I HOPE NONE OF US • WOULD EVER SIT IN A CHAIR • WITH A SHOTGUN ATTACHED TO IT • SET TO GO OFF AT SOME RANDOM TIME • BUT IN A SENSE, THIS IS WHAT WE DO WHEN • WE FAIL TO GUARD AGAINST FALSE TEACHING • WHEN WE FAIL TO KEEP OURSELVES FROM SIN • FAIL TO WALK WITH ABIDE IN JESUS CHRIST WHO IS GOD • IF WE HANG OUT AROUND SIN, IF WE LISTEN TO FALSE TEACHERS • IF WE DON’T WALK WITH, ABIDE IN CHRIST • IT IS GONNA BLOW UP IN OUR FACE AT SOME POINT • JUST AS SURE AS THAT GUN STRAPPED TO THAT CHAIR IS GONNA GO OFF • THE BIBLE IS FILLED WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO OBEY GOD, ABIDE IN CHRIST • GUARD AGAINST SIN AND FALSE TEACHING • BUT THE TRUTH IS WE CAN’T DO ANY OF THESE THINGS • UNTIL WE HAVE COME TO KNOW JESUS CHRIST AS SAVIOR • AND WE DO THAT BY PLACING OUR FAITH, OUR TRUST • IN CHRIST’S WORK ON THE CROSS • IF THERE IS ANYONE HERE… 97
Related Media
Related Sermons