- 1 John 3:1-7 Deepest Love (Edstrom)
Let's talk about the ways your own parents show their love and care for you. (Ask the children for examples.) We can easily think of the good food they provide for you to eat, clothes that keep you warm, your comfortable bed, and cozy home. Their love for you is deep and never ending. Think about how they care for you when you are sick and comfort you when you are frightened or discouraged. The list could go on and on…
- 1 John 3:1-3 We Shall See God (Kegel)
Martin Luther rejected the idea that heaven was somewhere "up there" and hell "down below." Luther said that Jesus' ascension to the right hand of God was not spatial but rather than Jesus had come into his heavenly power.
- 1 John 3:1-7 You Look Just Like Your Father (Leininger)
Our society's message is clear: Practice your faith, if you must, but please do it PRIVATELY. First John says NO. It tells us that what we believe will determine how we behave--people will see it. If we are children of God, the world should be able to see the family resemblance.
- 1 John 3:16-24 Commanding Imagination (London)
I don't like sermons filled with a lot of "you ought" and "you must" and "you should." I'm sick and tired of that. You probably are as well. I don't need more advice. What I need is strength. I don't need to be told what's the right thing to do, as much as I need the strength it.
- 1 John 3:16-24 Real Love (Wagner)
Real love means living out our faith by what we do. Non believers will criticize the Church when we profess to be loving, but practice exclusiveness. To exclude others from our congregations will be seen as hypocritical. People will say "They don't practice what they preach." Whether we realize it or not, people are watching everything we do.