Month: April 2016

How to test the spirits

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“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1 (ESV)

At Grace City Church we are preaching through the book of 1 John.  Here are some thoughts from this past Sunday’s message on “Testing the spirits”:

  • False prophets and false teachers are not only an ancient problem; they exist today.
  • We test the spirits by examining what is being said, not how it’s being said.  Listen to the content of the message not the style of the message.  Humor, story-telling, voice inflection are part of oratory, but that’s not what is primary.

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How asking one question changed the world

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And what is that one question?  It’s WWJD, of course!

If you were around Christianity during the 90’s you certainly would know that WWJD stands for What Would Jesus Do?.  You may have even owned the ubiquitous WWJD wrist band at one point.

Asking yourself What Would Jesus Do was a reminder to follow the example of Jesus in whatever situation you found yourself.  This was especially helpful if you were in a moral or ethical dilemma.

So how did asking WWJD change the world? (more…)

When Christians Keep On Sinning

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“No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.”  1 John 3:6, ESV

There are two directions we can go with this verse:

  1. One direction is to read John as saying that if you sin you are not a Christian.  In other words, this passage is a call for perfectionism, i.e. Christians do not sin.  But if John meant to encourage Christian perfectionism, then he contradicts what he wrote in chap. 1:8, “ If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
  2. The other direction is to read this verse as saying those who “keep on sinning” are those who regularly, or habitually sin.  Of course we all sin, but it is those who habitually sin who do not abide in Christ, or who do not know him.  This direction seems the more common interpretation, the one I hear taught.

But I have questions. (more…)