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072912 belonging to god - rev. yong wai yin

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WH 29/7/2012

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072912 belonging to god - rev. yong wai yin

  1. 1. BELONGING TO GOD 1 John 2
  2. 2. Belonging to God Makes us whole Gives real freedom from bondage to sin Shapes how we live: WALK IN THE LIGHT
  3. 3. Condition 1: Break with Sin We are called to holy lives We are helped by the Holy Spirit We have the Scriptures to help prevent us from sinning
  4. 4. Condition 1: Break with Sin When we fall into sin, we have help Jesus Christ is our Advocate:  Someone who comes alongside us  Someone who pleads our case Keep short accounts:  Personally  Communally
  5. 5. Condition 2: Keep the Commandments An affirmation: Evidence that someone knows God: Obedience to God’s commandments All commandments summed up in: Love God Love neighbour
  6. 6. Condition 2: Keep the Commandments Shape of obedience 1: 2:4Whoever says “I know him” without keeping his commandments is a liar “Know” = personal knowledge Knowing God means experiencing his love and grace
  7. 7. Condition 2: Keep the Commandments Shape of obedience 2: 2:6Whoever says “I remain him” must act as he acted “remain”: one of John’s major themes Remaining in God has to do with permanence, inner life, connection Means to live as Jesus did: a life of love
  8. 8. Condition 2: Keep the Commandments Shape of obedience 3: 2:9Whoever says “I am in the light” but hates his brother is still in darkness Progressing to loving the unlovely
  9. 9. Condition 3: Detachment from the World A parenthesis: to reassure the flock Children (2:12, 4a) – Term used for the followers – Assurance of forgiveness and relationship with God
  10. 10. Condition 3: Detachment from the World A parenthesis: to reassure the flock Fathers, parents (2:13a, 14b) – Those who are mature in the faith – Known Jesus who is from the beginning, through diligent study of Scripture and devotion – Mature knowledge of God – Seasoned wisdom anchors the community
  11. 11. Condition 3: Detachment from the World A parenthesis: to reassure the flock Young people (2:13b, 14c) – Those who are newer in the faith – Strong and zealous for the faith – Have overcome the evil one
  12. 12. Condition 3: Detachment from the World Call to detachment from the world – “World”: the sinful system that is opposed to God – Contra: the created universe which God loves and is working to rescue (2:2)
  13. 13. Condition 3: Detachment from the World 3 things that draw us away from God: 1. Disordered bodily desires: sinful desires or interests 2. Disordered desires of the eyes: sinful passions 3. Pride in possession: arrogance from worldly goods or status
  14. 14. Condition 3: Detachment from the World 3 things that draw us away from God: – Desires need to be ordered in God’s scheme of things – We engage with the world but must guard against being sucked into its values and life
  15. 15. Condition 3: Detachment from the World Mature and young Christians make up God’s community – Young Christians have zeal and enthusiasm – Mature Christians bring steadfastness
  16. 16. Condition 4: Guard Against Anti-Christ The need to guard against false teachings The Holy Spirit – the anointing – teaches us and guides us into all truth
  17. 17. Conclusion We can still fall into sin and need the blood of Jesus to set us free We are called the keep God’s commandments We are to be detached from the world and its values and systems We are to guard against false teachings
  18. 18. Conclusion Remaining in God will help us do all that: – Study and meditate on Scripture – Pray – Be in community

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