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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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What if you got a guarantee about how life turns out in the end? What if you could know that your story will have a happy ending, that you’d win when it’s all said and done? How would you live your life differently?
This past weekend, we concluded our study through 1 John as Pastor Doug shared from 1 John 5. In this message, we explored what we have when we have Jesus in our heart and discovered the amazing and wonderful ending that allows us to live with freedom and courage today.
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If You Have Jesus, You Win in the End (1 John 5:1–5): The Book of 1 John contains a lot of contrasting concepts—life and death, truth and lies, love and hate. And here in this passage, we see him reference one more: overcoming this troublesome world. This is what the life of every disciple of Jesus is marked by. We who are born into the family of God, regardless of our circumstances, regardless of the trouble we face, regardless of the persecution or hardship or tragedies we may endure, through Jesus we have already overcome and will have ultimate victory in the end.
This victory came to us by the love of God through Jesus Christ. And our response to this love is to love Him with all our heart. That is the only response we could possibly have. And how do we show Him that we love Him? By obeying His commands (John 14:15; 1 John 2:3, 5:3). But here’s the thing . . . His commands aren’t restrictive or burdensome; they’re not hinderances to us living a life of joy. Instead, His commands allow us to live the best and most joy-filled, purpose-driven, fulfilling, satisfying life possible. His commands bring us rest, freedom, and peace in life. So, practice obedience and righteousness, that way you’ll live the amazing, victorious life you were created to experience.
If You Have Jesus, You Have Everything You Need (1 John 5:6–12): In Christ, we are wealthy beyond comprehension, and we are witnesses to the watching world of that. We are witnesses of what life should be like; we are witnesses of the work of God through Christ in this world; we are witnesses of redemption and forgiveness. We know that in Christ we are saved and given life. We also know that those who do not have Christ do not have life. That’s why we are so passionate about sharing the gospel; that’s why we’re so passionate that EVERYONE hears about the story of Christmas.
If You Have Jesus, You Can Live With Reckless Abandon (1 John 5:13–15): Being a Christ-follower affords us a courage and boldness to walk in this world that nothing else can. We know we have a Savior who fights for us, we know we have a Father who hears us and blesses us, we know we have an Advocate who intercedes on our behalf. John tells us that if we ask in faith, according to His will, our good Father will hear us and we will have what we asked for. The key element here is "according to His will."
As we grow in our walk with Him, our desires should change. As we obey His commands and grow in the wisdom of His Word, our worldview should change. As we are more and more conformed to the image of His Son daily, our hopes, dreams, and goals should change. Our heart will no longer be ours, but it will be aligned to His, it will be a heart after His, it will be a heart that seeks His will and purposes. And so, as this begins to take place, we can be confident to ask the Lord to guide us in the big dreams and the amazing work He has put on our hearts, and to bless us with the things needed to accomplish them.
If You Have Jesus, You Will Fight Battles for Others (1 John 4:16–21): As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are called to love one another and walk hand-in-hand by the love of Jesus through this messy world. Part of that involves bearing one another’s burdens, part of it involves intercession on our brother or sister’s behalf, and part of it involves having the hard talks, rebukes, and speaking the truth in love. And all of this, even if it’s painful or challenging in the moment, ends up being so life-giving and beneficial.
Here’s what we know as believers:
Quote to Remember: Practice makes perfect; so be careful what you practice.—Doug Sauder
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
As you think about this weekend’s teaching, here are a few questions to reflect on and consider on your own, with your family, or in your group.
1. How has the way you live changed in response to knowing that you have the victory in Christ?
2. How do you view the link between obedience and love?
3. How are you living as a witness for the work of Christ today?
4. What steps can you take to become a more effective witness to the watching world?
5. What dreams has the Lord placed on your heart?
6. What’s the biggest ask you’ve ever brought to the Lord? How did He respond?
7. How do you know you are asking for things according to the will of God?
8. How has the Lord used you to fight battles for others? How has He used others to fight battles for you?
Join us on Wednesday as we kick off the Christmas season with an inspiring message from Worship Pastor Andrew Wooddell.
Then on the weekend, Pastor Doug will explore the heart behind this Christmas season and why Christmas truly is for everyone!
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of 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.