Test ► Discern! - Mark Brauss

October 30th, 2016

☼Warning …..Fool’s Gold!

          ⌂ Jesus …. Matthew7:15

⌂ Paul …..  Acts 20:29-30/ 2 Timothy 4:3-4

⌂ Peter …. 2 Peter 2:1-2

☼   Test ! ….. I John 4:1-3

           testdokimazo – to examine, to scrutinize closely

           ↓ 

   Who is Jesus? ….. 2 Corinthians11:3-4

          

    • Do they acknowledge that Jesus Christ has come

       in the flesh?

           

         □ Incarnation / Lordship

       Mormons

         ◊ Jehovah Witnesses

         ◊ Islam 

 

☼  Overcomers …. I John 4:4-6

 

     ⌂ Your Identity  ….

• You are from God…. John 1:12-13

           • The Great One is Inside You…. John 16:7-13

      ⌂ Their Identity

          • from the world

         • speak from the viewpoint of the world.

      ⌂  Two Spirits ….

 Spirit of Truth ↔ Spirit of Falsehood

☼  Application

          1. We need to test and discern what is true.

          2. We need to be very careful who/what we listen to.

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Love ↔ Hate - Mark Brauss

October 23rd, 2016

 The Message …. I John 3:11-12

    ☼ Cain ↔ Abel  …. Genesis 4:1-7

            □ The Danger of Anger …. Genesis 4:6

              → The Great Question – Why are you angry?

          □ Intervention …… I Corinthians10:13

            □ Biblical Truth …. Genesis 4:7

  The World Hates Us? ….. I John 3:13-15

          ◊ Why? ….. John15:18-19

            ◊ An Enemy of God? …. James 4:4-5

            ◊ Loving God ↔ Hating Others 

Love in Action ….. I John 3:16-18

☼ Knowing What Love Is….

            ☼ Laying Down Our Life…..

☼ Giving Our Resources

☼ Living in Community

Belonging to the Truth? …. I John 3:19-24

☼ Our Confidence …

☼ Believe →  Love….

            Prayer – 2 conditions

                   • Keep His Commands…

• Do What Pleases Him…

☼  Relationship with the Holy Spirit ….

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True Self - Bob Levin

October 16th, 2016

I John 2:28-3:10

 

    Children of God… I John 2:28-3:3

 

    Rescue from…                                            … 3:4-5

 

Ø  penalty of sin… past rescue  

Ø  power of sin… present & ongoing rescue

Ø  presence of sin… future rescue  

        

   Your truest self?... I John 3:6-10

 

            Interpretation challenge…

 

Ø   compare scripture with scripture:

 

                                  immediate context… I John 1:8-10

 

                                 Jesus…John 9:41, Luke 18:10-14, Mark 2:17,

 

Ø   consider background

 

                                  false teachers… I John 2:26; 3:7

 

 

Ø   “keeps on sinning”… a biblical distinction:

 

                                 “practice” & celebrate sin… Romans 1:32;Isaiah 5:20-22

                                           vs  

                                  struggle with sin… Romans 7:22-25

 

   Marks of a child of God…

 

Ø   Indwelling of the Spirit-“anointing” >> Christ within

 

                                  I John2:20, 27

                                  John14:16-17, 26; 16:13

 

Ø  Conviction of sin

 

                                  John16:8; Ephesians 4:30

 

Ø  Spiritual discipline

 

                                  Hebrews 12:11; 5-8

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Heads Up - Bob Levin

October 9th, 2016

1 John 2:18-27

The last hour . . . 2:18

Timelessness of God

2 Peter 3:8 & Psalms 90:4

Second coming . . . "Not for you to know"

Acts 1:6-11
Matthew 24:26-27, 36

Word of the day = Imminence

Wolves in sheep's clothing - 2:18-19, 26

2 Thessalonians 2:3-8
2 Thessalonians 3:16-17
Isaiah 8:19-20 (NASV)

Teacher within - 2:20-21, 24, 27

John 14:16-20, 26
Matthew 23:8, 10

More than a prophet - 2:22-23

John 5:22-23
John 10:30-22
John 17:5
John 1:1-3, 14
Isaiah 9:6

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Love….World? - Mark Brauss

October 3rd, 2016

☼ The Stages of Our Story …. I John 2:12-14

► children → young men → fathers

4 Powerful Truth Statements

⌂ Your sins have been forgiven.

⌂ You have known Him from the beginning.

⌂ You have overcome the Evil One.

⌂ You are strong and the Word of God lives in you.

☼ Love……. not the World? ….. I John 2:15

• Why this warning?

• world (kosmos) – the invisible system of evil governed

by Satan…a system that stands in

aggressive opposition to God.

☼ 3 Major Components of the World …. I John 2:16

⌂ The Lust of the Flesh ….

• lust – passions and desires that originate

apart from Christ

◊ Ephesians 2:1-5

□ dead in transgressions and sins …..

► caused by → → → → • the ways of this world

following • the ruler of the kingdom of the air

► gratifying the cravings(lust) of the flesh …

by → → → → • its desires and thoughts.

following

► we deserved wrath….

but → because of His great love for us….

God → who is rich in mercy → made us alive with Christ!

→ by grace you have been saved.

⌂ The Lust of the Eyes ….

• Fix your eyes…… Hebrews 12:2 / II Corinthians 4:18

⌂ The Pride of Life …..

∆ Danger ! ….. Proverbs 16:18 → Daniel 4:36-37 → I Peter 5:5-6

☼ Reality …. I John 2:17

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