Second John Lesson 3 Love Limits: Loving in Truth and Loyalty to Truth. Antioch Christian Fellowship Spring 2012 Rev. Christopher J. Respass. Love Limits: Loving in Truth & Loyalty to Truth (2 John 5-8). I. Loving in Truth (v. 5) A. Commandment: Love One Another (v.5).
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Antioch Christian Fellowship
Rev. Christopher J. Respass
I. Loving in Truth (v. 5)
A. Commandment: Love One Another (v.5).
1. Jesus taught his disciples to love one another a) John 13:34-35 b) John 15:12
2. By walking in accord with what Jesus taught, you will love and live rightly.
II. Loyalty to Truth (v.6)
A. Being a “Christian” means being loyal to the truth.
B. Believers must stay loyal to sound teaching and not be tossed by every new thought, philosophy and perspective that comes along (see, Eph. 4:14).
C. Problem with being loyal to the truth is the:
Cycle of Degradation
Problem: Cycle of Degradation
Step 2Low View of
Step 1 (Training)
Church offers robust, content-rich, but involved training to disciple and grow believers.
Step 2 (Low View of Discipleship)
Believers don’t view discipleship training as important and (a) don’t come, (b) never get sound teaching, and (c) wrongly assume that Sunday worship will be enough to educate them about Christian living.
Step 3 (Lowered Expectations)
Churches water-down programs and expectations assuming that time and bare essentials are the root cause to the lack of participation and poor attendance. Consequently, they teach a few people with “fast food” doctrine.
Step 4 (Faulty Assumptions)
People are less certain about what they believe and long for more, yet they don’t avail themselves for teaching. Then they
a) Assume the ministry is inadequate.
b) Become susceptible to false doctrine.
c) Have nothing to remain loyal to.
Step 5 (Downward Spiral)
Cycle continues spiral downward until all that can be said is “I believe in Jesus,” but have no scriptural or doctrinal basis for that understanding. Further, they have no insight as to how that belief is to be lived practically.
D.We should live and love by the scriptures because they are “His commandments” and we know that Jesus is the god-man who has come in the flesh.
III. Lurking Dangers for Loyalty
A. Heretical Deceivers. 1. Contextually: Those who deny that Jesus came in the flesh (a/k/a Docetism).
2. For us: Those who deny the biblical revelation about Jesus.
B. Loss of God’s Full Reward.
1. The life and work you do in Christ will be tested by the fire of Judgment (see, 1 Cor. 3:10-15).
2. Not “everything you do for Christ” will last or be counted worthy of his reward (see, Matt. 7:21-23).