Text: 1 John 2:15
Christians must be wary, for the present world holds much attraction, and they will be tempted to take of its goods and trust in its promises, but it is a false hope, for this world and everything in it is passing away. The word used here for world is the word κοσμοs. In Scripture it is used in three senses:
Be aware – wolves within the modern church are rejecting biblical leadership patterns and exerting pressure to conform upon the church, using methods of coercion and compliance devised and implemented by the world…
Have you every wondered what happens when the political leaders get together in some negotiating situation? Where a ‘facilitator’ is brought in to convene all-party talks, when obvious political choreography is taking place around the ‘process’ – when a crop of new ‘buzz-words’ suddenly appear out of nowhere, and suddenly become the common parlance of every commentator, every current affairs programme; they drive the agenda, and eventually what the facilitator has proposed right at the start, some blueprint or plan is the outcome.
What you are witnessing is the use (often by a government, but sometimes by a manager or group leader) of Hegelian Dialectic, or ‘group speak’.
THE MARTYRDOM OF POLYCARP
Persecution in the church
Persecution in the early church began soon after Pentecost. In the book of Acts, the church was being persecuted by the Jews. Acts 5:17, 27-33
Martyrdom of Stephen Acts 7:54-8:8
The result of the early persecutions was that church members were scattered. Everywhere they went the preached the good news about Jesus. The Christian church spread as a result of the persecution in Jerusalem. Other Jewish persecution occurred.
Persecution by the Roman Empire.
The Church did not face persecution by the Jews alone. Persecution by the state authorities began early – Nero blamed the Christians for the great fire at Rome and had many of them arrested and burned – using their blazing bodies as illumination for the streets. State persecution continued in waves. The rumour spread by anti-Christian elements in Nero’s time, was ‘hatred of the human race’ but more generally, as time went on, one of the main charges that were levelled against the Christians was…
Who We Are and What We Have in Christ.
Text: 1 John 2:12-14
This is a ‘greeting’ of sorts, perhaps a hymn – or even a ‘transition’ – like between the slides on a powerpoint! Certainly it’s an exhortation to the Christians to show them who they are, and what they have in Christ. Read more…
AssessYour Love Quotient
Text: 1 John 2:7-11.
One of the most frequently used and misused words is the word LOVE. We are all convinced that God is love. We read that in our Bibles and it is true. But when we speak of love, what are we thinking about? It’s a special kind of giving, self-sacrificial love that John is talking about in this passage.
Can We KNOW that We are Saved?
Text.1 John 2:3-6
John, in this passage, four times uses the word KNOW. We can KNOW that we KNOW Him. we can see here how we will recognise, looking inwardly, that we are saved – the EVIDENCE that conversion has been effected in our lives by a divine work of God the Holy Spirit. First, let’s have a negative look at assurance.
The Atoning Sacrifice
Text: 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
John brings us back to the historic event of the Cross, where certain things happened – things that could be achieved by no other, things that had profound effects in heaven and earth, things that had eternal consequences, including our forgiveness from sin, and John can’t leave this subject without focussing on what made it all possible. Every sermon must return to the Cross. Here’s three great facts simply stated…