HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

November 22/1John 2

Verse 1 > If we sin we are not written off or kicked out of the family. Jesus is right there before the Father to speak up for us. An advocate is for you not against you. Thank you Jesus!

Verse 2 > Jesus can speak up for us because he paid the penalty for our sin on the cross. In fact everybody in the whole world has had their sins paid for all they have to do is receive it!

Verses 3-6 > Love is an action word. Love for God is only shown by obedience to God. I can mouth the words “I love you” but if my body doesn’t spring into obedience I really don’t know God and I really don’t know the meaning of love. A teenage girl might be fooled by the words “I love you”, but God isn’t. The word ‘know’ means to be intimate, to have a close relationship. The way to get close to God is to obey Him.

James 4:8 (NLT) — 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.

Verses 7-11 > If I love God it will be shown by the way I treat others. To me this is the acid test. It is easy to love Jesus because of all the sacrifices he made for me. But it isn’t easy to love some who has hurt me or put me down and yet my savior Jesus does and he has asked me to love them. If I truly love Jesus I will love them. If I can’t love the unlovely I really don’t know which way is up when it come to Christianity. I am still in deep darkness.

Luke 6:27 (NLT) — 27 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you.

Verses 12-14 > As we begin our journey with Jesus we all start out as kids. The more we learn and obey we progress in maturity to young adults and as the word of God continues to live in our hearts we become spiritual parents who know God and who have won many spiritual battles with our sinful nature and we can now mentor others along the journey.

Daniel 11:32 (ESV) — 32 He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.

Verses 15-17 > the enemy will do everything he can to turn your love away from your heavenly Father. He does it with these three tactics > craving for physical pleasure, craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. He never deviates from these three. He has been using them from the beginning time with great success. You would thing we would wise up and not be fooled. If a football team only had three offensive plays in their playbook pretty soon the opposing team would figure it out and be able to stop them.

This verse stops the first play > the craving for physical pleasure:

1 Corinthians 9:27 (NLT) — 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

This verse stops the second play > craving for everything we see:

Psalm 101:3 (NLT) — 3 I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them.

If it takes away your love for the Lord it is vile and vulgar no matter how good it seems.

This verse stops the third play> pride in our achievements or possessions:

Philippians 2:7 (NLT) — 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,

Example: If we insist on holding on to the things and the ways of this world instead of holding on to Jesus and his ways we are like the guy who fell over a cliff and as he was falling he reached out and grabbed onto a big icicle protruding from the side of the cliff. For awhile he is saved until the sun came out from behind the clouds and slowly the icicle started to melt and so it is with any one trusting in the world and its ways.

Verses 18-23 > Anything or anyone that is against Jesus is anti Christ and that thing or that person is not for us. Many religions or cults will agree that Jesus was a good person or a son of God or a being created by God but certainly not God, not equal to the Father. Stay away. We have the Holy Spirit inside of us to give us discernment and warning.

Verses 24-29 >  your love for Jesus will keep you in the Word of God, and in fellowship with the Church. Let the Holy Spirit teach you as you read your bible, listen sermons and read other Christian material. He will give you insight and discernment. When you embrace the Word you are embracing Jesus and having fellowship with Him.

John 1:1 (NLT) — 1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 (NLT) — 14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    This chapter brings back the concept that if you cannot love your brother that you can see, how can you actually love God who cannot see. Actual love requires action and sacrifice. Our responsibility is to show real love.