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Port Hueneme church of Christ


Knowing God

I John 2:3-11

by Mason French


  • Introduction
    • If you want to know if you or others really love God, ask two questions:
      • A. Are you or they obedient to His commands?
      • B. Are you or they really loving your brothers?
  • TWO POWERFUL QUESTIONS:
    • 1. The Obedience Question: Am I obeying His commands? (I John 2:3-6)
      • A. Many claim to know. (Titus 1:16)
      • B. Try this. (Hebrews 10:23-27)
      • C. Those who know God obey even when it is inconvenient. (Proverbs 3:5-8)
      • D. A few commands, how do you react? (Romans 12:10; I Peter 4:9; II Corinthians 13:12)
      • E. Those who know God obey when it doesn't make sense.
        (II Thessalonians 3:6; Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 12:1-2)
      • F. Those who know God obey when it brings temporary pain. (Hebrews 5:7-9)
    • 2. The Love Question: Is there a brother I won't forgive?
      • A. I John 2:9-11; Matthew 18:21-35
      • B. Those who hold a grudge just don't get it!
        • 1. Blind to how much they are forgiven.
        • 2. Blind to the high cost of bitterness.
        • 3. Blind to what God wants.
  • Conclusion:
    • 1. Are you obeying His commands?
    • 2. Are you really loving your brother?

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