March 2015

Sharing Your Sustaining Story

We all love a good story, and since God has written us into His story, we all have a story to tell. But we have more than one story to tell. Along with our Salvation Stories, we have Sustaining Stories of events that God has brought us through that give us an opportunity to learn […]



Sharing Your Salvation Story

We all love stories, and we all have a story to tell. The story you have to tell could change someone’s eternity! That story is about how God reach you and brought you into His story.



Who Is Jesus? And Why Does It Matter?

We may pass the test of confession, morality and sacrificial love, but the most important test to define a believer is “Who is Jesus?” Answering that quesetion correctly is a matter of eternal life. John is very clear that Jesus is the Christ, fully divine, yet fully human. However, this test question is not just […]



February 2015

Who’s Your Daddy?

We live in an age when it is epidemic that young people do not bear a sense of identity because they do not know who their father is. That same lack of identity can also be found in the church. BIG IDEA: As children of God we are on a journey to live a life […]



Preparing For Your Spiritual Exam

John prepares us for the tests that he will give for checking the authenticity of our faith by giving a thumbnail sketch of the four items he will describe more fully in the rest of the book. These items help us to evaluate the legitimacy of how well we KNOW GOD. The four points in […]



January 2015

A Funny Way To Begin A Letter

John begins his for letter to believers in a funny way for us. He doesn’t enter into small talk. He jumps right into what is the most serious of matters, and my doing that introduces us to the essential content of the book – upon what will your salvation be tested authentic? The message includes […]



Why Connect In Groups?

God brings about our spiritual growth in the context of relationships. When I participate in group life, I place myself in an environment that God can bring about my spiritual growth because groups serve as a laboratory for knowing and experiencing God’s grace and love and engaging in ministry.



What Does Connection Look Like?

If Christianity is all about connection, what does that connection look like it? And if Christianity is all about connection, does connection look like something that can happen during Sunday morning worship?



A Case For Connection

Christianity is all about connection! God is a God of community. He has always existed in community, and created us to live in community. However, since sin shattered our relationships with Him and with each other, God has been working overtime to recreate connection for His people.



December 2014

One Worthy Of Our Witness

The shepherds serve as more than walk-ons for the Christmas drama. The shepherds were the first witnesses of God’s gracious act of salvation in Christ … and they serve as a prompt for us to go out and share the good news that a Savior has been born.



One Worthy Of Our Worship

The story of Christmas is a story of worship as episodes of worship spontaneously spring up throughout. But in an age when worship has been reduced to song sung during an hour of corporate gathering, one of the most pronounced episodes of worship often misses out on the richness of the observance. The wisemen invite […]



One Worthy Of Our Wills

Mary demonstrates that fulfilling her role as the mother of the Christ-child was worth the risk in order to play her part in God’s salvation-history plan. We often may battle to surrender our wills so completely to God’s plan that we are willing to make tremendous sacrifices in order to see Jesus born again through […]