Sunday May 31, 2020 Worship Service
God of grace, you have given us minds to know you, hearts to love you, and voices to sing your praise.
Fill us with your Spirit, that we may celebrate your glory and worship you in spirit and in truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Camp Day Of Prayer
This Sunday is a Day of Prayer for Camps across Canada. Many of us have connections to a camp, and locally we have received a list of prayer points for Stoney Lake Bible Camp.
They include the following:
1) Pray for our camp board as they make a decision on June 5.
2) Pray for the camp's finances.
3) Pray that we would get the grants we need to have more staff help this summer.
4) Pray for safety as we will be doing some building projects this summer.
5) Pray that our campers would still be able to hear the Good News of the Gospel in some capacity this summer.
6) Pray for our leadership team - Doug and Rose Arbogast, Jay and Jen Leo, and Stephanie Schmidt.
To learn more about Stoney and follow their plans, you can check out their website here .
Also be in prayer for Torch Trail Bible Camp.
This year they have made the decision to cancel camp and
instead offer "Camp in a Bag" as a ministry for kids at home.
You can check out their website here for more information.
Quick Update & Congregational Prayer - Pastor Kors Pater
Scripture Reading - 1 John 3:19-24
This then is how we know that we belong to the truth,
and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us.
For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us,
we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask,
because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
and to love one another as he commanded us.
Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them.
And this is how we know that he lives in us:
We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
The Amazing Blessed Assurance
1 John 3:19-24
God desires for us to be assured of His great love for us.
1 John 3:1 (NIV84)
1How 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.
Have there been times in your life when you doubted your standing before God? What circumstances brought forth those feelings and emotions?
John has an amazing message today about assurance.
We can rest based on assurance even when our hearts are condemning
and experience the blessings of assurance when our hearts are confident.
Resting & Experiencing
John is specifically addressing those who are genuinely saved; however, they are having doubts and troubles because of their awareness of falling short of God’s commands.
My friends, John wants us to know the basis and blessings of true assurance.
1) We Rest Based on Assurance When Our Hearts Condemn Us (1 John 3:19-20)
Reflect on the reality that God has greater knowledge of our hearts and our condition before Him than we do.
How often in our lives doe we allow those negative thoughts and emotions to dictate what our relationship with God is.
1a) Knowing God’s Work in Our Lives (1 John 3:19-20a)
In 1 John 3:19 John is revealing in these verses to focus on God’s love that has flowed through you since you became a believer.
Recall the times you experienced God’s love flowing through you to others, your self-sacrificial love.
Our overall focus should be on what God is doing in our lives, not on our failures.
Name five times you have failed. Name five times you have experienced God’s victory. Which is easier?
Not only are we looking at how God works in and through our lives, but we can wrestle with how we are loving others.
How are we allowing God to meet the needs of others?
God has done something amazing in our lives, let us keep focused on what God has done through the Lord Jesus Christ and respond accordingly with loving God and loving others.
1b) Based on God’s Knowledge of Us (1 John 3:20)
We can be assured in our hearts because of God’s greater knowledge of us.
John 21:15–17 (NIV84)
15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
Romans 8:1 (NIV84)
1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
Romans 8:31–34 (NIV84)
31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
34Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
If you know that you are God’s child through faith in Jesus Christ then even when your heart condemns you for falling short, God is greater than your heart.
He knows you! God knows that He has justified you!
2) We Experience Assurance Blessings When Our Hearts Are Confident (1 John 3:21-24)
There is a huge difference between having a heart that is condemning and a heart that is confident.
John wants us to know that if we are God’s children, we have the kind of confident access to the Father’s presence.
There are two blessings that result from having this humble confidence.
2a) The blessing of answered prayer (1 John 3:22-23)
John 14:13–14 (NIV84)
13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
It is important to understand there are some conditions attached to the promises.
We do not pray for selfish wishes.
We pray according the God’s will.
We ought to be living obedient lives in God’s sight.
When we are trusting in Christ and walking in love, there is the promise that God answers our prayers.
2b) The blessing of abiding through the Spirit (1 John 3:24)
John 15:10 (NIV84)
10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
As we walk in obedience to the Lord Jesus, we enjoy close fellowship with Him and He with us.
Jesus’ life flows through us, producing fruit that pleases Him.
If you are in Christ, it is not your feelings that save you from God’s judgment.
It is Christ who saves!
Throughout 1 John the apostle has giving us tests of authentic faith. (*taken from a few places)
Do you obey God’s commands?
Do you love the brothers and sisters?
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, including His sacrificial death for you?
If yes but struggling with assurance, you can ask.
Do you see evidence of God’s working in your life through your loving others?
Do you see answers to your prayers?
Do you enjoy fellowship with Christ as you live to please Him?
Questions for Discussion
How do you determine if the feelings or guilt come from Satan’s accusations or from the Holy Spirit’s conviction?
What advice would you give to a believer who is not experiencing close fellowship with God? Where would you start?
How have you rested based on God’s assurance and experienced the blessings of assurance in your life and the life of your family?