I John. How Can We Have Knowledge of Salvation?. American Church and the doctrine of assurance. Prayed a sinner’s prayer Asked Jesus into my heart Baptized. Must acknowledge sin Implies intimate relationship Should obediently follow Christ through baptism.
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How Can We Have Knowledge of Salvation?
Prayed a sinner’s prayer
Asked Jesus into my heart
Must acknowledge sin
Implies intimate relationship
Should obediently follow Christ through baptism
“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” –John 20:30-31 (ESV)
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” –1 John 5:13 (ESV)
1 John 2:5-6 (ESV) [Eph. 4:1; Col. 1:10; 1 Thes. 2:12]
--“By this we may be sure that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”
1 John 4:13 (ESV) [Rom. 8:16]
--“By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.”
1 John 4:15 (ESV) [Rom. 10:9-10]
--“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.”
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whomever has been born of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world- our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (ESV)
*By way of summary, John then says that whoever overcomes the world has been born of God, and we know we have overcome the world by our faith (v. 4-5).
“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 ”This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you... 17These things I command you, so that you will love one another” (ESV).
1. Attend small groups and equipping hour.
2. Find ways to serve in the church (Souper Sunday, greeting, teaching children, etc.).
3. Pray for and with one another.
“We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.
19We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
20And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” –1 John 5:18-21 (ESV)