Abiding in Christ?

How do you abide in someone you can’t see or touch or audibly listen to? When Jesus told his disciples to abide in him, was it merely for them or is it something we are called to emulate? To the first question, Jesus most certainly expected his disciples to...

God’s Love: Balancing Doctrine and Action

GUEST POST BY AUSTIN DONAHOO On Sunday, Luke preached from the text of 1 John 4. As he aptly noted, the text itself holds many hours of sermon-worthy truths that could be studied and applied. One thing that Luke personally decided to hone in on is the idea that creeds...

Re-Assurance of Salvation – 1John 3

  The last two weeks we have considered two of the major themes in John’s first letter—the essence of sin and the essence of belief. Today we’re going to consider a third major theme. It really is the point at which our sin problem and our mental belief come...

Blessed Be The Tie That Binds – 1John 2

  The Christian apologist Francis Schaeffer said the Christian community was the greatest apologetic for the Christian faith. When the community of faith is living in light of its acceptance by God, it welcomes all types of people into its midst to love and...

Seen and Heard and Manifest – 1John 1

We start a five-week walk through the Beloved Apostle John’s first letter. As you may have noticed, there was no OT reading in our service today. This is due to the emphasis in the church calendar to consider what the resurrection of Jesus means for the Church. That...