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   Diotrephes and Demetrius
   3 John 1:9-14
Sunday School,  October 11, 2015
Revelation 2-3 gives us a cameo picture of seven churches, each made up of different church members possessing different characteristics. The Apostle John focuses his attention on two totally different individuals, possibly in one of these churches. Demetrius is much like the church member every pastor wants in his church while Diotrephes would be shunned. Each are in most of our good churches today. There are four different kinds of Christians described in today's lesson and they are in all of our churches. Both Diotrephes and Demetrius would probably fall into one of these categories. Consider these two men and the four categories and honestly conclude what kind of church member you are.

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   Gaius the Beloved
   3 John 1:1-8
Sunday School,  September 27, 2015
First John was addressed to all Christians, most of them in the seven churches of Revelation to whom John would have had close fellowship. Second John was addressed to an unnamed lady, which was in actuality one of the seven churches, probably the church at Ephesus. Third John is addressed to Gaius, a beloved brother in one of the churches, again, probably the church at Ephesus. It is obvious that Gaius was a dear friend of John and it appears that he was later appointed to pastor the church of Pergamum. John instructed the saints to "love one another" in his first and second letters. In this third epistle, he demonstrated in the person of Gaius how this was to be accomplished.

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   Second John
   2 John
Sunday School,  September 20, 2015
How do we deal with people who do not hold the doctrine of Christ?

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   Tying Up Loose Ends
   1 John 5:13-21
Sunday School,  September 13, 2015
There are five truths presented in this passage that form a summary for the first epistle of John. All five are important in the Christian life - 1) Eternal life, 2) Answered prayer, 3) Victory over sin, 4) Our relationship to God and 5) a reaffirmation that Jesus Christ is the true God. In the midst, the assurance of the believer's salvation is emphasized. Those who know for certain that they belong to God and have everlasting life believe that Jesus is the Christ, love all others who believe that Jesus is the Christ, obey the Word of God, have overcome the world, have their prayers answered, do not live in continuous sin and have the evidence of the divine nature within them affirming their relationship with God.

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   The Witness of God
   1 John 5:6-12
Sunday School,  September 6, 2015
"Witness" is the key word for this session and the object of the witness is Jesus Christ, affirming that He is God. Verse 8 declares that there are three that bear witness in earth - the Spirit, the water, and the blood. This passage was very important to the Christians during John's ministry because there were many false prophets claiming that Jesus was merely a man on whom "the Christ" came when He was baptized and that His divine nature left Him prior to Calvary. If Jesus did not possess His divine nature at the time of his death, He would not have conquered sin and death on our behalf. In the midst of these three witnesses, God provided a witness at Christ's baptism at the beginning of His earthly ministry and at His death at the end of His earthly ministry.

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   Overcomers in Christ
   1 John 5:1-5
Sunday School,  August 30, 2015
All who are born of God live in a godless world and therefore will face formidable obstacles in an attempt to accomplish the purpose of our creation and salvation. Many have found it much easier to drift with the world, to do their own thing instead of obeying God. Some even think that they can be worldly Christians, doing everything the unsaved crowd does and seeing nothing wrong with it. When a person becomes a Christian, he is a believer in Christ, born of God, justified by faith, given eternal life and washed in the blood of the Lamb. One who is truly born of God loves God's Word, believes His Word and obeys His Word. Today's text will make it clear whether you are an overcomer or deceived by the enemy of our souls. You can be an overcomer today, tomorrow and forever.

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   Salvation by Grace Alone - What Are You Trusting?
   1 John 5:1-5
Sunday School,  August 23, 2015
What kind of FAITH saves? What are ways we make ourselves liars? What are ways we make God a liar? If God says you can't earn eternal life but wants to give it to you does it make any sense to try to earn it?

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   Love Because Love Is from God
   1 John 4:7-21
Sunday School,  August 16, 2015
For the third and climactic time in 1 John, John urges us as believers to love one another. The focus of this passage is on the reason John uses: "for love is from God." The message seeks to define what love is, explain what it looks like in real life, and really delve into the text to see what it means that "love is from God."

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   Antichrists vs. the Anointing of the Spirit
   1 John 2:18-27
Sunday School,  July 12, 2015
Our anointing is our defense against the perversion of the antichrists.

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   Our Sinful World
   1 John 2:15-17
Sunday School,  June 28, 2015
So many sermons have been preached on this text and youth pastors have used it over and over again with their young people and yet there is usually one thing missing. It is seldom mentioned what the world is and if there is an explanation, it usually boils down to behavior instead of belief, activities as opposed to a system or philosophy. We are told not to love the world and yet we are told in Scripture that God loves the world of people and sent His Son to save it (John 3:16; 4:42; 6:51; I John 2:2). Obviously, there are some different shades of meaning as to what the word "world" means and John provides more than one sense in his writings

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   The World and Us: There Is a Difference
   1 John 2:3-15
Sunday School,  June 21, 2015
Christians are constantly being pressured to fit in with the ways of the world around us. Even worse, many people who claim to be in fellowship with God criticize those who desire to live holy lives according to God's word. But these pressures are not new. God allowed John to address the same need in his day with a resounding message: you cannot walk in the dark and have fellowship with God in the light. In the first part of chapter 2, he gives us two specific characteristics of those who are truly in fellowship with God.

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   The Prohibition of Sin
   1 John 2:1-2
Sunday School,  June 14, 2015
John writes his epistle as a safeguard so that we might not practice sin in our lives (I John 2:1). We all know that there is never a need to sin and yet we find ourselves sinning, most of the time without even realizing it. Sin affects our entire being and hinders our blessed fellowship with God. It affects our spiritual reasoning and our ability to understand and do the will of God. As genuine Christians, God has provided for us two Advocates - one with the Father in heaven, Who will come to our defense when we confess our sin (I John 1:9) and one Who dwells within us, Who convicts us of our sin and guides us into all truth (John 16:1-13). There is both joy and comfort in knowing that confession of sin will bring God's faithful forgiveness.

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   Light vs. Dark
   1 John 1:5-10
Sunday School,  May 31, 2015
We walk in the light while occasionally stepping into the dark.

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   First John's Prologue – Part 3
   1 John 1:1-4
Sunday School,  May 24, 2015
First John is a wonderful epistle providing both doctrinal and practical insights for living the Christian life. First John 1:1-4 provides the introduction to this great epistle of the Apostle John. It will take us two weeks to cover it for in it is this great preface statement revealing the subject matter of the book. In these four verses, we will note the essence of true Christianity, the evidence for our Christian faith, and the message that we are to continue to proclaim. Verse 1 closes with the "Word of life," speaking of Jesus Christ Himself and referring us back to John 1:1 and 14 - "In the beginning was the Word...And the Word was made flesh. John and the other apostles experienced the Living Word daily for three years and writes from the perspective of that personal relationship.

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   First John's Prologue – Part 2
   1 John 1:1-4
Sunday School,  May 17, 2015
First John is a wonderful epistle providing both doctrinal and practical insights for living the Christian life. First John 1:1-4 provides the introduction to this great epistle of the Apostle John. It will take us two weeks to cover it for in it is this great preface statement revealing the subject matter of the book. In these four verses, we will note the essence of true Christianity, the evidence for our Christian faith, and the message that we are to continue to proclaim. Verse 1 closes with the "Word of life," speaking of Jesus Christ Himself and referring us back to John 1:1 and 14 - "In the beginning was the Word...And the Word was made flesh. John and the other apostles experienced the Living Word daily for three years and writes from the perspective of that personal relationship.

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   First John's Prologue - Part 1
   1 John 1:1-4
Sunday School,  May 10, 2015
First John is a wonderful epistle providing both doctrinal and practical insights for living the Christian life. First John 1:1-4 provides the introduction to this great epistle of the Apostle John. It will take us two weeks to cover it for in it is this great preface statement revealing the subject matter of the book. In these four verses, we will note the essence of true Christianity, the evidence for our Christian faith, and the message that we are to continue to proclaim. Verse 1 closes with the "Word of life," speaking of Jesus Christ Himself and referring us back to John 1:1 and 14 - "In the beginning was the Word...And the Word was made flesh. John and the other apostles experienced the Living Word daily for three years and writes from the perspective of that personal relationship.

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   Introducing John's Epistles
   1 John 1:1-4; 5:13
Sunday School,  May 3, 2015
John says that he writes his first epistle to those who believe in Jesus, "that you may know that you have eternal life" (1 John 5:13). But John's epistle is far more than a test for genuine salvation. In this introduction to John's first epistle, we observe John's concern for the transmission of apostolic doctrine to subsequent generations of believers in the church. We also note that, because of the attacks of false teachers, John's purpose that we may "know" we have eternal life is also that we may discern whether others have it as well. We will note the date, author, provenance, and general backdrop of the letter, with special attention given to the first four verses.

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