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  • Admonishing the Sons of Light - Resisting Antichrists

    Admonishing the Sons of Light - Resisting Antichrists

    09/01/2019 Duración: 01h06min

    After stating the existence of antichrists, John explained who these individuals were and how they could be recognized. Then he turned his attention to the resource by which his readers - and all Christians - are able to withstand antichrist influences that come against the believing community.

  • 2018 Christmas Message

    2018 Christmas Message

    28/12/2018 Duración: 01h13min

    Christmas highlights the paradox that characterized every aspect of Messiah's coming. From Jesus' conception and birth, through His death, resurrection and exaltation, everything about Him presented a strange contrast with Israel's messianic expectation. Jesus the Messiah was exactly what the prophets and scriptures promised, yet not at all as Israel expected. This message considers that paradox and its implications for Christ's Church and its life and mission.

  • Admonishing the Sons of Light - Recognizing Antichrists

    Admonishing the Sons of Light - Recognizing Antichrists

    19/12/2018 Duración: 01h08min

    After telling his readers that the presence of antichrists in the world indicates that the last hour has arrived, John went on to describe these individuals in terms of their relation to Christ's body -His Church-, His person, and His Father. His description is both chilling and surprising- while many Christians think of antichrist in terms of a particular -end-times- ruler who is an open enemy of Christ and His people, John spoke of numerous individuals who were embraced as brethren by Christ's saints - followers of Jesus who seemed, to some, to have a superior insight into the Messiah.

  • Admonishing the Sons of Light - Discerning Antichrist

    Admonishing the Sons of Light - Discerning Antichrist

    11/12/2018 Duración: 01h03min

    After reaffirming for his readers who they are in the Messiah, John proceeded to exhort them to live out their new identity faithfully and authentically. They had been given the mind of Christ, and they needed to govern their thinking accordingly. This involved discerning antichrist - not a person as such, but the principle of deception and delusion concerning the Messiah that was already exerting its influence in the Christian community.

  • Three Earthquakes - 2 Samuel 11

    Three Earthquakes - 2 Samuel 11

    06/12/2018 Duración: 57min
  • Rethinking Thankfulness

    Rethinking Thankfulness

    28/11/2018 Duración: 57min

    Christians are sharers in Jesus' resurrection life and, by His Spirit, are being transformed in His likeness. They are part of God's new creation in the Messiah, and thankfulness is a preeminent quality of this new creation. But this means that Christians must rethink thankfulness, for, set within the human renewal in Christ, it is other than what human beings naturally believe it to be.

  • First John 013

    First John 013

    19/11/2018 Duración: 01h02min

    John's address in 2-12-14 served to remind his readers of who they were as Christians. This self-understanding was vital if they were to live out their identity as children of light in the present darkness. And so his address laid the foundation for a series of exhortations and warnings that followed, the first of which pertained to their relationship with the world.

  • Affirming the Sons of Light

    Affirming the Sons of Light

    13/11/2018 Duración: 01h03min

    This epistle reflects the love and passion of the writer toward his children in the faith. Thus it has him reminding them of who they are as children of God and disciples of Jesus, and then also exhorting them to live out the truth of who they are. The present passage provides just such a reminder, but in the form of a two-fold address to the children, fathers, and youth among John's readers.

  • Testifying to the Light - Also to the Greek

    Testifying to the Light - Also to the Greek

    29/10/2018 Duración: 01h03min

    Testifying to Jesus involves bringing His light into the darkness of a world that doesn't know Him or recognize Him. This message concludes this three-part excursus by considering the challenges of testifying to the light in contemporary American culture, both religious and secular.

  • Testifying to the Light - To the Jew First

    Testifying to the Light - To the Jew First

    23/10/2018 Duración: 01h11min

    This message considers some of the challenges in testifying to Jesus as the Messiah to Jews who know their Scriptures and have a messianic hope derived from them. The simple reason Jews reject Jesus as the Messiah is that they don't find Him satisfying the scriptural portrait of Messiah and the messianic work. This is partly due to Jewish expectations, but also to the way Christians represent Jesus. Too often, the Christian -Jesus- bears little resemblance to the Messiah revealed in the Hebrew scriptures of the Old Testament.

  • Testifying to the Light - Understanding the Challenge

    Testifying to the Light - Understanding the Challenge

    12/10/2018 Duración: 01h06min

    John was concerned that his children in the faith -walk in the light,- showing themselves to be -children of light- in truth. In this way, their lives will illumine Jesus, the true light, in a world still submerged in darkness. This three-part excursus takes a practical look at the Christian obligation to be a light-bearer in a dark world, what it entails and the challenges inherent in it.

  • 2 Samuel - When Fear and Joy Meet

    2 Samuel - When Fear and Joy Meet

    04/10/2018 Duración: 54min
  • The New Commandment

    The New Commandment

    25/09/2018 Duración: 01h03min

    John seemed to have believed that some would regard his insistence on obedience as a new demand imposed on the community of believers. But he was only reaffirming what they'd heard from the beginning. His commandment wasn't new, and yet it was, because of what had come in the person and work of the Messiah. This message examines that -newness- and what it means for the Church, its life and its witness to the world.

  • First John 007

    First John 007

    19/09/2018 Duración: 01h04min

    This passage continues the theme of the Christian's relation to sin, but shifts the vantage point from Jesus' advocacy to the person's own obligation of obedience. These aren't entirely separate issues, but two dimensions of the same issue. Both assume the same premises and are grounded in the same foundational reality, namely new life in Christ.

  • The Advocacy of the Messiah

    The Advocacy of the Messiah

    13/09/2018 Duración: 55min

    Chapter two continues John's argument concerning the Christian and sin, but shifts the focus to Jesus the Messiah. The first two verses are transitional and highlight Jesus' advocacy. On the one hand, all Christians must acknowledge that sin continues to be part of their life- at the same time, they need to know that they have an advocate in their sin. The One who has delivered them from the guilt and condemnation of sin now advocates on their behalf as their enthroned King.

  • Our Thoughts Are Words to God

    Our Thoughts Are Words to God

    06/09/2018 Duración: 34min
  • Walking in the Light - Fellowship with Oneself in Truth

    Walking in the Light - Fellowship with Oneself in Truth

    27/08/2018 Duración: 01h05min

    This message is the second of two examining the implications which John drew from the truth that God is light. It considers the significance of that truth for how the Christian perceives and relates to his personal sin.

  • Walking in the Light - Fellowship with Others in Truth

    Walking in the Light - Fellowship with Others in Truth

    21/08/2018 Duración: 01h14min

    John's prologue emphasized his personal, first-hand experience of Jesus as the basis of his testimony concerning Him. John proclaimed the Jesus he knew and the message he'd received from Him. And central to that message was the truth that God is light - a truth which has profound implications for those who claim to know Him. John addressed those implications in two parts and this message examines the first one.

  • Johns Prologue

    John's Prologue

    13/08/2018 Duración: 01h15min

    The prologue in First John closely parallels the one in John's gospel. It, too, begins by introducing the One who was from the beginning, but it emphasizes the eyewitness interaction with the incarnate and resurrected Logos - the -Word of Life.- This message examines John's prologue and its relation to the balance of the epistle and John's purpose in writing.

  • Background to First John

    Background to First John

    07/08/2018 Duración: 01h14min

    John penned this epistle to fellow Christians who were seeking to follow Christ in the context of very challenging philosophical, cultural and religious influences. This message examines some of those influences and considers their relevance for the Church today.

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