Studying 1 John is an encouragement for every believer. “This world” bombards us with messages of self-expression, self-enlightenment and experiential morality. What it fails to address is “assurance”. As believers we have assurance in Christ through His perfect and completed work on our behalf. This work is greater than the spiritual deception we face in the world. John calls his readers back to true doctrine, fruitful living, and steadfast devotion.

Week 1: Certain Fellowship

Week 2: Certain Assurance

Week 3: Certain Love

Week 4: Certain Love…For Others

Week 5: Certain Salvation

Week 1: Certain Fellowship

John had certain fellowship with Jesus. He spoke from personal experience of knowing, seeing, and touching Christ. He was assured because he knew Jesus. But what about us? We will find that one of the greatest assurances that we have is through the fellowship that we now have with Christ.

Week 2: Certain Assurance

We are going to deal with an attitudes toward sin and our assurance of eternal life. How do we know if our experience with God is real? Can we know for sure that He loves us and that we are at peace with Him?

Week 3: Certain Love

Martin Luther once said: Love for God grows only in the assurance of the love of God. As believers we need to be certain of God’s love for us. We then are challenged with the the genuineness of our love for God. We see in these verses that the essence of our conversion is tied to where our passions and desires lie. God certainly loves us…but we will take an inventory of how we are loving Him.

Week 4: Certain Love, For Others

To be certain of the love of God shows that the Spirit of God is in you. John then says, the love of God isn’t legit in us without becoming a loving person (v.20). What does it mean? How do we love…AND how does this vertical and horizontal love that is to flow from us serve as assurance of our relationship to God?

Week 5: Certain Salvation

To be certain of our eternity with Christ is to have placed our hope for heaven entirely on Jesus (v.13). It is a confession of belief that His actions are what saved you…not yours. We will learn (or be reminded) that the gospel by its very nature produces assurance.

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