1st John (part 10)

1ST JOHN (PART 10) – WHEN DOES OUR SIN LEAD TO SEPARATION FROM GOD?  (PASTOR LEE JACKSON) I)     INTRODUCTION –. HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW FAR CAN I GO?  HOW MUCH SIN WILL GOD TOLERATE BEFORE GOD MIGHT SERVER MY RELATIONSHIP WITH HIMSELF, BEFORE I WOULD LOSE MY SALVATION AND GOD’S GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE, BEFORE I WOULD AGAIN BECOME SPIRITUALLY DEAD, AS IF I HAD NEVER COME TO KNOW CHRIST?   IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE – SOME SAY “NO” BUT I BELIEVE THE SCRIPTURES SAY YES, THIS CAN HAPPEN.  TODAY’S … [Read more...]

1st John (part 9)

1ST JOHN (PART 9) – THE SYNERGY BETWEEN FAITH & LOVE  (PASTOR LEE JACKSON) I)     INTRODUCTION – SYNERGY HAS BEEN DEFINED AS The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.   WE WILL SEE TODAY THE TREMENDOUS SYNERGY BETWEEN FAITH AND LOVE, LOVE AND FAITH.   1Co 13:12 - 13  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13  And … [Read more...]

1st John (part 8)

1ST JOHN (PART 8) HOW GOD’S LOVE BECOMES OUR LOVE  (PASTOR LEE JACKSON.) I)     INTRODUCTION – THE THEME OF THE BOOK OF 1ST JOHN IS “LOVE”.   WE SEE IT INTRODUCED IN . 1JOHN 2:9-11, 3:11, 3:11, 3:16 AND IN OUR TEXT TODAY.  THE GREEK WORD USED IS “AGAPAO” WHICH IS THE SAME WORD FOR LOVE IN JOHN 3:16 “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.”  GOD’S LOVE FOR MAN KIND WAS COMPASSIONATE, FORGIVING … [Read more...]

1st John (part 7)

1ST JOHN (PART 7) TEST THE SPIRITS  (PASTOR LEE JACKSON ) I)     INTRODUCTION –  HAVE YOU EVER WATCHED OR LISTENED TO A PASTOR OR TEACHER ON TV OR RADIO AND THOUGHT SOMETHING DOES NOT SEEM RIGHT ABOUT HIS / HER TEACHING OR YOU ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITHTHE MOTIVATION UNDERLYING THE TEACHING EVEN THOUGH HE / SHE IS CITING SCRIPTURE?  PERHAPS YOU ARE DUBIOUS ABOUT THE EXISTANCE OF EVIL SPIRITS.  YOU NEED TO READ THE GOSPELS AGAIN OF THE MANY ENCOUNTERS THAT JESUS HAD WITH EVIL SPIRITS.  WHERE DO … [Read more...]

1st John (part 6)

1ST JOHN (PART 6 ) THE MANDATE OF BROTHERLY LOVE  (PASTOR LEE JACKSON) I)     INTRODUCTION –   ONE OF THE MAJOR RECURRING THEMES OF 1ST JOHN IS THE LOVE OF THE BRETHREN, THE LOVE THAT CHRISTIANS SHOULD HAVE FOR ONE ANOTHER. THE WORD USED FOR LOVE IN OUR TEXT TODAY IN ITS VARIOUS FORMS IS “AGAPE” THE SAME WORD IN 1CORINTHIANS 13 (THE LOVE CHAPTER OF THE BIBLE).  THERE ARE AT LEAST THREE KINDS OF LOVE SPOKEN ABOUT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT:  SEXUAL OR SENSUAL LOVE “EROS”, BROTHERLY LOVE “PHILO” AND … [Read more...]

1st John (part 5)

1ST JOHN (PART 5 )  (PASTOR LEE JACKSON) I)     INTRODUCTION –  THE APOSTLE JOHN, BISHOP OVER THE CHURCHES OF EAST ASIA (EASTERN TURKEY) SPEAKS OUT FORCEFULLY AGAINST SIN ENCROACHING INTO THE CHURCH AND WRONG ATTITUDES TOWARD SIN.  THOSE OF THE ANTINOMIAN MOVEMENT WERE TEACHING THAT IT IS OK TO SIN BECAUSE CHRIST HAD DIED FOR OUR SINS.  (THE DOCTRINE THAT SOME HOLD TODAY THAT WE ENCAPSULATE AS “ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED” IS NOT MUCH DIFFERENT FROM THE ANTINOMIANS TAUGHT.  JOHN ALSO WARNED OF THE … [Read more...]

1st John (part 4)

                                   1ST JOHN (PART 4) (Pastor Lee Jackson)   I)     INTRODUCTION –   WE HAVE AN ENEMY THAT IS RELENTLESSLY WORKING ON US TO DISLODGE THE TRUTH FROM OUR HEARTS AND MINDS.   HE USES OUR FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMBERS, TEACHERS AND COWORKERS TO DO SO.  IT IS TYPICALLY NOT A FRONTAL ATTACK BUT GRADUAL SEDUCTION, AS SATAN DID IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN.  PAUL TALKS ABOUT THOSE WITH FINE SOUNDING ARGUMENTS WHO ATTEMPT TO SEDUCE THE FAITHFUL.  JOHN THE FATHERLY … [Read more...]

1st John (part 3)

1ST JOHN (PART 3)  (Pastor Lee Jackson) I) INTRODUCTION – OUR TEXT 1JOHN 2:12 – 19 RELATES TO THE STAGES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH.  THERE IS DANGER AT EVERY STAGE OF SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT.  OUR KNOWLEDGE OF GOD IS ACQUIRED THROUGH A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS, HIS SON, THE WORD THAT BECAME FLESH.  HE REVEALS THE FATHER TO US. II) STAGES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH (VS 12 – 14) A) JOHN WAS SPEAKING TO BELIEVERS OF ALL AGES REGARDING THE CHARACTER OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. B) THE “LITTLE … [Read more...]

1st John (part 2)

1ST JOHN (PART 2) GOD IS LIGHT (Continued) (Pastor Lee Jackson) I)     INTRODUCTION – LAST WEEK IN PART 1 OF OUR SERIES ON THE BOOK OF JOHN, WE LEARNED THAT “GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL” MEANS THAT GOD IS HOLY, VERY HOLY AND HE HAS NOT CHANGED WITH THE TIMES.  HE REQUIRES THAT WE LIVE HOLY LIVES.   WHEN WE SIN AND MISS THE MARK, (AND WE DO SIN), WE MUST CONFESS OUR SINS TO GOD AND ASK HIS FORGIVENESS.   GOD HAS PROMISED THAT IF WE DO THIS HE WILL FORGIVE OUR SINS AND … [Read more...]

1st John (part 1)

 THE BOOK OF 1ST JOHN (PART 1) IF WE WANT FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD, WE MUST WALK IN THE LIGHT (Pastor Lee Jackson) I)     INTRODUCTION – I AM BEGINNING A SERIES ON THE EPISTLES OF JOHN: 1ST JOHN, 2ND JOHN & 3RD JOHN. THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT WHO WROTE THE BOOK OF 1ST JOHN.  IF YOU COMPARE THE OPENING OF THE BOOK OF JOHN WITH THE BOOK OF JOHN YOU HAVE THE SAME MAJESTIC LANGUAGE, THE SAME HONORING OF THE LIFE THAT APPEARED, THE SAME SYMBOLISM SPEAKING OF THE “WORD THAT BECAME FLESH”.  THE APOSTLE … [Read more...]