Sunday May 17, 2020 Worship Service
Scripture Reading & Opening Prayer
Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
MECC - Music Team - The Way
MECC - Missionary Partner Updates - Kaila Johnson (Greater Europe Mission)
MECC - Missionary Partner Updates - Conan & Julanna Arndt (The Faith Mission)
Scripture Reading - 1 John 3:1-10
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.
But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins.
And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning.
No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.
He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.
He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning.
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him;
he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.
This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are:
Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God;
nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
Sermon - Pastor Kors Pater
Sin In The Life Of A Believer
1 John 3:4-10
A distinguishing mark of a true believer, who has been born of God is a righteous life.
Sin is serious, and it is directly opposed to the very reason Christ came.
Christians do not and cannot live in sin.
Take note of how 3:4-7 is parallel to 3:8-10
3:4: Sin is serious because it is rebellion against God.
3:8a: Sin is serious because it originates with the devil.
3:5: Sin is opposed to Christ’s appearing to take away sins.
3:8b: Sin is opposed to Christ’s appearing to destroy the works of the devil.
3:6: A true Christian does not live in sin.
3:9: A true Christian cannot live in sin.
3:7: A true Christian practices righteousness.
3:10: A true Christian practices righteousness and love.
1) True Christians Do Not Live in Sin (1 John 3:4-7)
1a) Why? – Sin is rebellion against God! (1 John 3:4)
Do you have a biblical view of the seriousness of sin?
John is confronting the false teachers in his day who like the false teachers in our day, minimize the serious nature of sin.
We need to be reminded what sin is at its very core.
There are times we think more highly then we should, and Satan also undermines the absolute holiness of God.
1b) Why? – Sin is opposed to Jesus (1 John 3:5)
Jesus’ main reason for coming was to take away sins by bearing the penalty that we deserved in His own body on the cross.
Jesus is the final and complete sacrifice for our sins.
1c) If you are living in sin, you are not abiding in Jesus (1 John 3:6-7)
For John, every Christian abides in Christ.
If you know Jesus as the holy, sinless Savior who came to offer Himself on the cross, you do not live in sin, but rather you abide in Jesus.
1d) If you are living in sin, you are not practicing righteousness (1 John 3:7)
There are warnings in Scripture to not be deceived.
2) True Christians Cannot Live in Sin (1 John 3:8-10)
2a) Why? – because sin originates with Satan (1John 3:8)
John divides people into two camps. Those that practice righteousness and those who practice sin.
Isaiah 14:12–14 (NIV84)
12How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
13You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.
14I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”
Notice the continual use of “I will”
The sinner always says, “I will, I want my way! I will not submit to the Most High God!”
All this comes from the same source, the evil one.
2b) Why? – because sin it totally opposed to Christ’s purpose in coming (1 John 3:8)
If we are tolerating sin in our lives, what we are doing is siding with the devil against Jesus Christ.
How are you living your life today? Living God’s way or living your way?
3) True Believers Do Not and Cannot Live in Sin (1 John 3:9-10)
3a) Why? – because we are born of God (1 John 3:9)
John is not contradicting himself. 1 John 1:8 and 1 John 2:1.
John’s biggest concern is pastoral. The apostle does not want the flock to be deceived by the false teachers.
1 John 3:10 (NIV84)
10This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
John clearly shows that there are those who are truly born of God and those who are the devil.
Those that are truly born of God practice righteousness.
Those who are of the devil do not practice righteousness.
God has made you a new creation, do not wallow in the mud.
Have you truly been born of God? Are you wallowing in the mud like the pig or seeking to get out like the sheep?
3b) Why? – because we are children of God who practice righteousness and love (1 John 3:10)
It is easy to say, “I believe in Jesus.”
John here is telling us, that is awesome, however, look at their life.
Are they practicing righteousness?
Are they living in obedience to God’s Word?
Are they loving people the way that God loves people?
What about for each of us? Are we doing the above three questions?
Jesus calls us to follow Him as Savior and Lord.
The new life in God will produce a life of righteousness.
My friends, make sure nobody deceives you!
Questions for Discussion
John mentions that a child of God cannot sin. Does that mean we will no longer desire sin or have to struggle with sin? How would you explain this to your child or neighbor?
How would you deal with someone who tolerates some glaring sin in their lives and claim to be truly saved? What passages of Scripture would you direct them to?
How would you articulate to someone the seriousness of sin? How would you move from sharing the seriousness of sin to the good news of Jesus Christ?
“To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault
and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!
(Jude 24–25, NIV84)
Join Us For A Virtual Coffee Time On Zoom
Pastor Kors is running a Zoom meeting from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Sunday May 17, 2020.
If we have a larger crowd I will use the Zoom rooms to allow for more conversation.
Meeting ID: 897 5131 3954