March 29, 2020 

Welcome to Worship!

Opening Scripture & Prayer

“A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” Selah

But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.

To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah


I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.

Arise, O Lord! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Selah”

(Psalm 3, NIV84)

Our Gracious Heavenly Father, as we gather together, we praise You for this day and Your purpose for it.

Reset our agendas, as we sit in Your presence. For You assure us that where two or more gather in Your name You are here.

Re-calibrate our intentions and refocus our hearts. Your will for our lives does not always reflect our plans.

Change them to reflect Your will. Help us to understand that we don’t need full clarity to walk into the unique purpose You’ve inlaid in our lives.

Lift our eyes to seek You first today, and always, surrendering our need to achieve, understand, and be known.

Shift our perspective to seek Your peace above all else. In every situation we ponder in our daily lives, let the Holy Spirit translate Your commands.


Give us renewed strength and godly courage to obey You without questioning.

Forgive us for striving beyond our means, worrying, and forcing results.

Only You know what lies ahead. You are our good Father, just and righteous.

Though our circumstances will be unfair from time to time in this life, You are always our unwavering protector and shield (Psalm 3:3).

Keep the words of King David fresh in our minds, and renew our hearts to the tune of Your truth.

“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.” Psalm 3:5

Let Your peace rain down on us today, as we seek You more than anything else. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

(*taken and adopted from a few different sources)

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God is Sufficient

Sunday March 22, 2020


Read through the passage a few times, perhaps have children involved in the reading.


1 John 2:18–27 (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.


Play the video Pastor Kors prepared – located on the church website

1 John 2:18-23 reminds us to be discerning of people and

of doctrine to make sure we avoid spiritual deception.


Can you recall a funny time when you were deceived, when you thought something was right and true but, in the end, it wasn’t? For example, you went to put sugar into your coffee, and someone replaced it with salt.


1 John 2:18-27 falls into three parts.


  1. 1 John 2:18-20 shows us that to avoid spiritual deception, you need to develop discernment regarding people.

  2. 1 John 2:21-23 shows us that we need to develop doctrinal discernment, especially the truth about Jesus Christ to avoid spiritual deception.

  3. 1 John 2:24-27 shows us that the way to avoid spiritual deception is to abide in the Word and in the Spirit.


1) As believers let us be discerning of people (1 John 2:18-20)


There is a contrast between the false teachers and true believers.

John addresses them a “children.”

As a wise spiritual father, John is giving some very important counsel that will help us to avoid being deceived.


Regarding the “last hour” John is referring to the entire period between Jesus’ ascension and His return.

John heard Jesus say

Matthew 24:36 (NIV84)

36“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.


There is a sense of urgency with the phrase the “last hour” in that Jesus may return at any moment.

Mark 13:33 (NIV84)

33Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.


Here are other passages that mention the antichrist or the concept of antichrist.

1 John 2:18 (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.

1 John 2:22 (NIV84)

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.

1 John 4:3 (NIV84)

3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

2 John 7 (NIV84)

7Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.


Read also Revelation 13, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12.

2 Thessalonians 2:9 (NIV84)

9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders,


John gives us some guidelines to watch out for.


1a) Satan is at work within the realm of religion (1 John 2:19)

There are people that start within a church who eventually begin to, for multiple reasons, wander away from the truth.

These people then who have wandered from the truth leave the church and their desire to not only to form new groups but draw people away from the church.

There are those in the church that perhaps are confused and wounded and as much as this happened in the early church, it continues to happen today.

Satan is at work, even in the realm of religion.


1b) Be careful of those forming new groups with new theology (1 John 2:19)

We see here that the people didn’t just form a new group, but they also adopted a new theology.

These false teachers claim to have the truth and that others do not, or that they now see things that others do not see.

John here prepares us not to be surprised or disheartened when people abandon the truth and start another group with a new theology.


A few things to reflect upon.

1bi) True Christians are born of God

  • It is very important to make sure that you truly belong to the church through the new birth.

  • The false teachers didn’t share the new life in Christ that brings us into His body, the church.


1bii) If you truly know Christ, you will persevere with the church.

  • The church isn’t perfect, it contains difficult and irritating people, but it is family.

  • You don’t have the option of picking and choosing who is in your family and we need to learn how to get along with them.


1biii) John’s concern is more about doctrinal purity then church growth and unity.

  • John never talks about going to these false teachers and bringing them back.

  • Their departure shows their true colors.

  • How do we measure a church’s success today, but numbers who attend, or by faithfulness to the gospel?


John’s first point is that we need to be discerning of people to avoid spiritual deception.

2 Corinthians 11:14–15 (NIV84)

14And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

15It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.


2) As believers let us be discerning of doctrine (1 John 2:21-23)

Many today reject the idea of absolute truth, especially in the spiritual realm.

We are free to have our spiritual opinions if we do not claim them as the only view.


A few things to reflect upon.

2a) It matters to have sound doctrine. (1 John 2:23)

  • God’s promise to us about eternal life is in the balance. It is important.


2b) Our relationship with God and sound doctrine are linked together. (1 John 2:24)

  • John’s word for fellowship is “abiding” or “remain”.

  • The false teachers where denying important truths about Jesus and yet claim to know God, in reality they are deceiving themselves.


2c) It is vital we get our doctrine of the person and work of Jesus Christ correct.

  • Jesus is the sum of the gospel; we need to get our thinking about Jesus correct if we are to have the gospel correct.



Questions for discussion and reflection


What are some errors you have heard people say about the person and work of Jesus Christ?


How would explain the difference between discerning and being distrustful? Is it wrong to be distrustful of someone?


What are some things you can do to become discerning without being distrustful of everyone and everything?



In this time of radically changed normalcy of life, how can you continue to know Jesus Christ correctly and make Him known?


As a family unit, what are some practical things you can do to make sure that you avoid deception?


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