Sunday April 19, 2020 Worship Service

Scripture Reading & Opening Prayer

God of grace, you have given us minds to know you,

hearts to love you, and voices to sing your praises.

Fill us with your Spirit, that we may celebrate your glory

and worship you in spirit and in truth;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Scripture Reading - 1 John 2:24-29

“See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you.

If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us—even eternal life.

I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.

As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you.

But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real,

not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

And now, dear children, continue in him,

so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

If you know that he is righteous,

you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.”

(1 John 2:24–29, NIV84)

Being Ready for Christ’s Coming

1 John 2:28-29

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1 John 2:18–29 (NIV84)

18Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.

19They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

20But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.

21I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.

22Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son.

23No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

24See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.

25And this is what he promised us—even eternal life.

26I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.

27As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

28And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

29If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

 

How did you prepare for a major event in your life? What did you do to ensure you were ready for that event? For example, weddings, large birthday parties, graduations, etc.

 

 

The greatest event to come is the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Luke 21:25–28 (NIV84)

25“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.

26Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.

27At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

28When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

 

Are you ready for the big event?

 

Read Mark 13:33-37.

 

Jesus is coming again! Let us be ready and abide in Jesus as little children!

 

1) Our Savior Jesus Christ is Coming Again

 

John 14:1–3 (NIV84)

1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.

2In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.

3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

 

All throughout the New Testament reveals Jesus will be returning.

One day, unknown to us, Jesus will come back boldly as the conquering King and Judge.

 

Acts 1:11 (NIV84)

11“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

 

2) Being Ready for Christ’s Return

 

1 John 2:28 (NIV84)

28And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

 

First, you will either have confidence or secondly, you will be ashamed before Jesus.

In the context the primary reference is toward the false teachers and their followers.

 There is also an inclusion of true believers also who have perhaps worked for Christ with selfish and prideful motives.

 

Even John when he saw Jesus in glory fell at His feet.

Revelation 1:17 (NIV84)

17When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.

 

 

3) Abiding in Him as Little Children prepares us for Jesus’ coming

 

3a) Abide/Continue in Him

“There is a sense in which every true believer abides (remains) in Christ, but the fact that we are commanded to abide in Him implies persistent and purposeful action on our part”

Robert Law, The Tests of Life pp.199-200

 

3ai) You must be in Him

Have you repented of your sins and repenting now of your sins?

When we trust in Jesus, we are placed in Him.

It is our permanent position of identification with Christ and we are recipients of God’s blessings.

Ephesians 1:3 (NIV84)

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

 

3aii) Abiding in Him is passive and active simultaneously

John 15:5 (NIV84)

5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

*Passively we are resting and trusting in Christ as our life and strength.

*Actively includes.

-obeying His commands (1 John 2:6, 3:24)

-loving brothers and sisters in Christ (1 John 2:10, 4:16)

-firmly holding to the truth of the Gospel. (1 John 2:24, 4:15)

 

3aiii) Live righteously

Depending on the Holy Spirit as we seek to please the Lord beginning on the thought level.

Fruit of the Spirit growing in our character.

Disciplining ourselves for godliness

 

3aiv) Hold firmly to the truth of the Gospel

Abiding in Christ means that we are tenaciously holding to the truth of the Gospel.

See the sermon from April 19, 2020.

 

3av) Home with Jesus and alien to the world

Read 1 John 2:15-17

There is a clear line between loving God and loving the world.

 

3b) His little child

 

3bi) A child of God keeps things simple

Matthew 18:3 (NIV84)

3And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

See the questions under discussion and reflection regarding some personal reflection on our relationship with God.

 

3bii) A child of God depends on Him for everything

1 Peter 5:7–11 (NIV84)

7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

11To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

We depend on the Heavenly Father as a child depends on their parents.

 

3biii) A child of God thinks humbly about themselves.

2 Corinthians 12:9–10 (NIV84)

9But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

10That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

The Apostle John even recognized the need to abide in Jesus like a little child.

 

3biv) A child of God delights in His love.

1 John 3:1-2 unpacks this further.

Relishing and reveling in the Father’s great love for us, namely abiding/remaining in Him isn’t difficult, but rather it’s a huge delight.

 

As you abide in Him more and more, our confidence grows as we anticipate and look forward to Jesus’ coming again!

 

 

Questions for discussion and reflection (taken from a few resources and adopted)

 

How can we know the balance between the active and passive aspects of abiding in Christ?

 

 

Do I spend consistent, regular time alone with the Lord in the Word?

 

 

Am I trusting God by drawing near in prayer to His throne of grace in all my trials?

 

 

Do I memorize and meditate on God’s Word, applying it to my life?

 

 

Am I faithful as a steward of all that God has entrusted to me, maintaining integrity, and putting off greed?

 

 

Am I growing in holiness, developing the fruit of the Spirit by walking in the Spirit?

 

 

Am I judging, confessing, and forsaking sin, beginning on the thought level?

““ ‘ “The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ’”

(Numbers 6:24–26, NIV84)

Join Us For A Virtual Coffee Time On Zoom

Pastor Kors is running a Zoom meeting from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Sunday April 26, 2020

Feel free to hop on and say hi and hang out a bit after you and your family finish your time of Worship.

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