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November 28, 2021 | Ed Stetzer
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This past weekend, we kicked off both Love South Florida and our study through the Book of 1 John. In our first study in this series, Pastor Doug shared from 1 John 1:2–2, exploring our call to love and what it truly means to walk in the love and light of Jesus and live as His follower.
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We Are Called to Make God Visible (1 John 1:1–4): Love is just a word until someone gives it meaning. The incarnation of Jesus, the Son of God and Savior of the world, made God visible for us, and in the process, showed us what true love is. So, if we are to make God visible to the world, make Him known and draw people to Him, then we must love others the way Jesus showed us how to love.
Telling God’s Story Doesn’t Just Express Joy . . . It Completes It: Truthfully, He doesn’t need us to fulfill His great work of drawing people to Him; He doesn’t need us to be His hands and feet in the world . . . but He, like a good Father, includes His children in His work so we can experience the supernatural and indescribable joy that comes from being used by Him to bring the hope of the gospel to people. He invites us to share this amazing gift we’ve received with others, with the world. And as we passionately proclaim His story of hope and salvation and share how our lives were changed by Him, we will experience joy in all its fullness.
When You Step Into the Light, You Find Freedom (1 John 1:5–7; John 3:19–21): God is genuine; He has no dark side, no hidden agenda, will not use us or trick us. He can be trusted fully; He is the only One whom we can always rely on. And He offers us freedom through the blood of Jesus—freedom from the past, from our sins, from death, from guilt and shame. But here’s the thing . . . as believers we have been set free from these things, but in order to experience that freedom in all its fullness, we need to walk in it; we need to walk in the light of Christ. If we don’t walk in His light and live in obedience, then we won’t be able to experience the fullness of the freedom He came and died for us to have.
The Worst Lies Are the Ones You Tell Yourself (1 John 1:8–10): Something else God offers us freedom from is self-deception. The Holy Spirit knows us intimately and was sent to convict us and reveal the things in us that keep us shackled to our old, sinful nature. We have access to this, to the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, and as we are convicted, the apostle promises that if we continually confess (“agree with and harmonize with God” regarding our sin) and repent that “he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:10 NIV).
Here’s the thing about confession: It must be personal. “God, if I have made any mistakes, forgive me” isn’t confession, because it isn’t convinced or convicted. It also isn’t personal, specific, or honest. Without confession, our relationship isn’t truly genuine. It’s shallow.
God Can Make You Pure Again (1 John 2:1–2): Sin affects our relationship with God. It impacts our ability to hear from Him, operate in His will, live out His love, and experience intimacy with the Spirit. God wants nothing to get in the way of our fellowship with Him. So when we do sin, when we fail, when we rebel, when we go astray, we have an advocate who fights for us, to draw us back, and intercede for us: Jesus Christ.
As believers, we can be advocates for the world, for those who don’t know Him and don’t have the Spirit within them. We can pray for people, we can lift them up, and intercede on their behalf. We can share with them all that God has done for us; we can show them His love and grace.
Quote to Remember: Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.—Pastor Doug Sauder
As you reflect on everything you learned at church this weekend, check out this featured article that provides context and background for the apostle John’s letter. Find out the date, purpose, and key themes of the book! Click here to read the article.
Saturday, November 10, 7am–1pm | Delevoe Park (2520 NW 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311)
Join Church United, The Home Depot Foundation, Broward County, and Rebuilding Together Broward as we celebrate Love South Florida through a block rebuild.
Be one of the hundreds of volunteers this Saturday morning to make a powerful impact for the gospel in our city as we paint, provide minor repairs, landscape, and provide area beautification for 10+ homes in one city block.
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Join us on Wednesday night as we kick off our in-depth look at 1 John. Pastor Stephan Tchividjian and Church United Director Eddie Copeland will be joining us for an examination of the themes and concepts in 1 John 1 as well as some vision casting for Love South Florida.
Then on the weekend, Pastor Doug will share a powerful word from 1 John 2:3–17. In this message, we’ll discover the response that love requires, how love’s light illuminates the darkest corners of our heart, how we are to love and lead others, and why our faithfulness and devotion is so vital.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.