Certainty of The Real Life – In the final sermon from the series from the Apostle John’s letter, Nathan Tarrant discusses 1 John 5:20-21 and explains that the life we have as Christians is the real life, compared to the false life offered by the world.
Certainty of Not Continuing in Sin – A true Christian will not continue in sin but what is God’s attitude to those who do? Nathan Tarrant leads Living Hope through the difficult passage of 1 John 5:16-19 explaining what our attitude should be towards sin and what God’s attitude is towards those who continue in sin.
Certainty of Answered Prayer – What certainty do Christians have of answered prayer? What must we do in order to have our prayers answered? And actually whose prayers does the Lord God answer? Nathan Tarrant answers these questions as he leads the congregation through 1 John 5:14-15
Certainty of Eternal Life – Those who have the Son John tells us in 1 John 5:11-13 have life, but what does it mean to have the Son? Nathan Tarrant challenges Living Hope to be certain that they have the Son, after all nothing is an important as eternal life.
Certainty That Christ is God – 1 John 5:6-10 gives us three witnesses that testify that Christ is God and it is because these witnesses do testify this fact that we can have the certainty that Christ is God, but why is this important? Nathan Tarrant addresses this question in this sermon.
Victory in Christ – Nathan Tarrant asks the question of Living Hope – Are you satisfied in Christ or do you look to the world for your answers?
1 John 5:4-5 could very easily be the end of the letter because John is stating that our assurance of salvation is our satisfaction in Christ. Are you satisfied in Christ? is He all you need or are you still trying to overcome the world because you look to that for satisfaction in life, rather than to Christ?
Joyful Obedience – We know that Gods love is being perfected in us when we come to Him in joyful obedience. John tells us in 1 John 5:1-3 that it is through our obedience to keep His commandments that shows God that we love Him. As Christ said, ‘if you love me, you will keep my commandments’. So how obedient are you to the commands and will of God?
Be Honest – When it comes to our relationship with our fellow Christians and more importantly with God, we need to be honest. We need to ensure that we are abiding in Him so he abides in us. We need to ensure we love our brothers as He loves us and so we need to be totally honest about our relationships as a Christian. Are you honest? Nathan Tarrant looks at 1 John 4:20-21.
How can a believer know that his love for the Father is being perfected? There are in fact four aspects that John covers and the first is that of confidence. Nathan Tarrant looks at 1 John 4:17-19 and looks at what is fear and why we should never be fearful, in fact the opposite if we call ourselves Christians.
What God is Doing – We have seen that God is love and that through that love God has done something quite remarkable. But is that it? Is God actually doing anything else? John explains in verses 1 John 4:12-16 exactly what God is doing, and how we are able to determine our assurance of salvation through two simple tests.