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042218 - I John 4a - Discernment
April 23, 2018 09:13 AM PDT
I John 4:1-6, Pastor Scott Keller
I JOHN 4:1-6 ~ 1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. 4You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 5They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. 6We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
Like verse 1, verse 7, also begins with the word ἀγαπητός (ä-gä-pā-tŏs), and so it…
The overall context is still about…
Verse 1, is a double command.
Only two camps, only two kinds of people, so everyone is in league with either the Spirit of ___________, or the spirit of _____________________.
Test is δοκιμάζω (dŏ-kē-mä-dzō). It is a test that seeks to prove the claim and expects a __________________ outcome.
That gives us three main points to consider:
1) Some ___________________ the vital importance of this command and fail to be alert and wise to the teaching they embrace.
2) Some appoint themselves as _______________________ judge.
I Thessalonians 5:21
3) Perhaps the least obvious. Remember the overall context?
God gives us two related tests to determine Truth from error. The first has to do with a __________________ of faith. What is a ________________?
The second test has to do with to whom a person listens. It is realated to the ________________.
I Corinthians 12:10, Philippians 1:9-11, Hebrews 5:14, Matthew 7:15-20
“False prophets,” have always been a problem. The “Fruits,” Jesus was talking about, has to do with the content of the person’s _______________.
Discerning what spirit a person speaks from has everything to do with what they truly believe about 1) ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬_____________________ and 2) His church.
Christianity is about ________________. People who minimize Him prove they do not grasp the most basic element of the Christian faith.
II Peter 2:1a
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
The real context of, “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” The word “You,” is ____________________. The Holy Spirit among us all, is greater than any deception Satan can send our way.
Verses 5&6, give us the second way we can discern. “He who knows God listens to us.” People in league with the world’s spirit enjoy hearing the world’s message and ___________________ hearing God’s Word.041518 - I John 3e - Blessed Assurance
April 23, 2018 07:43 AM PDT
I John 3:16-24, Pastor Scott Keller
I JOHN 3:16 ~ We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
“We,” “Us,” “We,” “Our,” “The brethren,” everything here is plural… Everything here is about the ______________________. How did Jesus show His love for the _____________________?
What was it that held Jesus to the Cross?
John 10:17&18, Ephesians 5:25, John 15:13
“Know the love.” The first word “know,” is the verb γινώσκω (gē-nōs-kō), which means “Come to know something.” It is an ____________________ knowledge… It is in the perfect tense…
“The love” defines this love as “_________ love,” as ______________ love.
What does it look like when God loves? What then, should it look like when His children love?
“Ought,” is ὀφείλω (ŏ-fā-lō). It means a ___________________.
Would you die for the church?
I Peter 2:21
I JOHN 3:17&18 ~ 17But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
Sometimes the heroic gesture is easier. I’ll lay down my life for others, BUT I won’t ___________________ with them.
If you care anything for God at all… You should be driven to glorify His name and you should be fanatical about not damaging His name.
“God gets His ____________________ from you.”
Love the church, for His name’s sake.
I JOHN 3:19-24 ~ 19We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him 20in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. 23This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 24The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
At first, let’s skip verses 20 and 21, to keep the context and the theme.
When we actively love the church, from the overflow of God’s love within us, we have _______________________________ that we are His.
Even so, at times we have all questioned that reality. The solution is to gain tangible _________________________ of kinship.
Vs 19, is γινώσκω, again. This time it is the future tense. Knowing comes through the experience of keeping the commandments to _____________.
“God is greater than our heart.” Who is the Judge?
I Peter 4:8, I Corinthians 13:1-3
If I accept that I am a Christian because of what Christ did, does, and will do, then for me to condemn myself is to _______________________ Him.
I John 2:28, 4:17
With that confidence, you know that whatever you ask in keeping with His will, He will do for you. We know it is God’s will that you _______________. So, pray for ________________!040818 - I John 3d - Love One Another
April 09, 2018 08:54 AM PDT
I John 3:10-15, Pastor Scott Keller
“The one who does not love his brother,” is an _______________ of what, “Does not practice righteousness,” means.
The word “Nor,” is the conjunction, καί (kī), that in this context functions as an explicative. It means it makes what was said, _________________________.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34&35).
Galatians 5:14, Romans 13:8-10, James 2:8, Jerome’s Commentary on Galatians, 6:10, I Peter 4:8
Jesus died for _______________________________________________.
Romans 5:6, Romans 5:8, I Thessalonians 5:10,
Jesus died for the _________________.
Acts 20:28, Ephesians 5:23-33, Ephesians 5:2, Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22, Revelation 22:16&17, I John 4:20
I JOHN 3:11&12 ~ 11For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; 12not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.
Verse 11, begins with the word ὅτι (hŏ-tī), meaning “Because.” This is an expansion and elucidation that tells us that Christianity is ______________, and it is expressed as actually loving one another.
Cain ______________________ his own brother Abel. The word is σφάζω (sfä-dzō), meaning to exsanguinate.
Cain was wound too tightly - he took himself too seriously. He couldn’t let go of his ______________ and his ______________ and it led him to jealousy, anger and murder.
Jesus said the Devil was a “Murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44), and that he is the father of all who desire to murder. We desire to murder as soon as we give ourselves ________________________ to be angry.
The desire to murder sparks to life as soon as we ___________________ ourselves to someone else.
Judging Envy Jealousy Inequity Dislike Annoyance Hatred Murder
Because we were born in Satan’s camp, we know the path of death well. Absent ____________________ we easily fall back to it.
You can’t stay on Christ’s course on your own. “Give us this day our daily bread,” means give us today and each day, our daily ration of the Bread of _____________.
I JOHN 3:13-15 ~ 13Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. 14We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. 15Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
Misery loves company. The world is in the camp and on the path of Satan. They know deep down that it is the wrong path and that it leads nowhere good. When they see people on the right path it highlights that _________.
We were dead people from the camp and path of the dead, literally _____________________ into life, because (ὅτι), tied to the “We know” bit.
“Because we love the brethren,” “We know,” that “We have passed out of death into life.”
Negativity… fear, frustration, anger… Envy, jealousy, spitefulness… Gossip, badmouthing, criticizing… Hatred, rage and murder… are the family traits of the _____________________.
James 3:11&12, Matthew 7:16-19, Luke 6:45040118 - Resurrection Sunday - Why Does it Matter?
April 02, 2018 08:34 AM PDT
This is a Resurrection (Easter) Sunday Message about the importance of the Resurrection of Jesus by Pastor Scott Keller.
Today we celebrate the single-most important event in history…
I Corinthians chapter 15…
If the ____________________ isn’t factually accurate, the entire basis of Christianity collapses. If the Bible is unreliable in one place, how can it be trustworthy in any place?
Yet much of Christendom has freely abandoned a ___________________ account of origin and purpose, in favor of adopting the Religion of Atheism’s narrative.
What is human life worth then?
Progressiveness in Christianity is only possible when the Bible lacks ____________________. Without that, there is no ___________________ for understanding Christianity or even Christ Himself.
It all starts with calling into question God’s ____________.
Genesis chapter 3:1-5
Resurrection means someone who was alive in a mortal body, died and then came back to life, transfigured in an ___________________ body.
Jesus was Bodily transformed back to life, now, with an eternal body that is both corporeal and incorporeal simultaneously. There was no physical body left to _________________.
This was all verified by over 500 eye-witnesses.
I Corinthians 15:3-8
The fact that Jesus was bodily Resurrected, proved beyond doubt, that He was in __________________ with God!
You are considered enlightened if you accept that all paths lead to heaven… Except for _________________ path.
What was his unforgiveable sin?
Except for degree…
Humans create religions that serve the humans. Biblical Christianity is the only religion that actually focuses on God. There’s nothing any human can do to counteract their sin debt… EXCEPT to ACCEPT, _______ as Savior.
God chose to provide His salvation by sending a portion of Himself to live as a frail human being.
John 17:5, I Peter 2:24, Romans 5:12-19, II Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 2:8, Luke 23:46
How could we ever know if it worked?
John 10:11-18, 8:58, 14:6
Philippians 2:6-11 ~
March 26, 2018 06:45 PM PDT
2018 Palm Sunday Message with The Lord's Prayer, Pastor Scott Keller
For us to know anything about God, He must actively _________________ Himself. A coherent, comprehensible communication. His Word to us.
Hebrews 1:1&2, Romans 1:20
“Arrival,” is παρουσία (pä-ȑü-sē-ä), with an emphasis on a relational arriving - so, an abiding ________________________. Advent from Latin adventus (äd-wēn-tüs), translates παρουσία. Emmanuel - ________ _________ ___.
For the first time, Jesus allowed the public to praise Him as the Messiah.
Zechariah 9:9, Matthew 21:8-11, Psalm 118
Hebrew, אָנָּא יהוה הוֹשִׁיעָה נָּא (ä-nä Yä-wĕh hō-shē-ä nä). Hōshēä-nä was transliterated into Greek as ὡσαννά (hō-sän-nä), which is Anglicized today as Hosanna, “Save now, I pray.”
“Our Father, who art in heaven,
It was intended to be a ________________, but more than that, it is intended to put us in the correct ___________________ to address God.
“Our Father, who art in heaven…”
Immanent Transcendent Community
“Hallowed be thy name.”
1) He is glorified _____________________ us.
2) He is glorified _____________________ us.
3) He is glorified _____________________ us.
“Thy kingdom come.” The only way the Father is ever going to be glorified by ______________________ is by building His kingdom on earth.
“Thy will be done.” The fullness of the Father glorified is the fullness of His ______________ established, which is, “God’s perfect will, perfectly done.”
“On earth as it is in heaven,” specifically relates to the Will done, but the Will, is inextricably tied to the first two and so it is all to be done…
The Trinity in action…
“Give us this day our daily bread.” The Bread of ____________. The _________________ from heaven.
Matthew 6:33, Philippians 4:12&13
“Forgive us our trespasses.” When we do such things we are guilty and there is only one place for us.
“As we forgive those who trespass against us.” There is no way you can have an accurate picture of yourself and Jesus, and still hold _______________________ against others.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Temptation πειρασμός (pā-ȑäs-mŏs) is designed to find your weakness. God flips the dynamic. Turning it into a test δοκίμιον (dŏ-kē-mē-ŏn) designed to find your __________________. The prayer is, Lord, test Yourself in us, and we will always overcome evil.
James 1:2-4031818 - I John 3c - Incapable of Sin?
March 26, 2018 04:50 PM PDT
I JOHN 3:4-10, Pastor Scott Keller
I JOHN 3:4-10 ~ 4Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. 6No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 7Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us” (I John 1:8). Now, John states that Christians ____________ sin.
Never be afraid that a new __________________ will supplant an old one.
For ________________________, as a universal principle of fact… “Sin is lawlessness,” therefore anyone “Who practices sin, practices lawlessness.”
1) You do what you are. Being, results in doing, and so, doing is the _________________________ of being.
Once a person becomes a Christian they have a new identity in Christ that ______________________ the old identity. Unfortunately, you don’t have enough faith to ______________________ it.
2) Sin and lawlessness are _____________________. Old Testament lawlessness meant breaking the Law.
For Christians, God’s rules have become a single fundamental principle encompassing everything… Sin and lawlessness, is the equivalent of saying, no to God’s Will. It is saying that you don’t _______________ God.
What is His Will? It is ___________________. God’s Righteousness is often defined as His Justice.
God’s Justice is revealed to us as His _______________________.
Since God’s righteousness is ultimately __________________, what should our righteousness, as His children, be?
Following God’s lead, I will maintain honesty about sin. Yet, I will do everything I can, even at my own _________________, to present grace and mercy, love and forgiveness to the person.
Everyone who chooses their __________ over God’s __________ (which is to say, anyone who is unloving towards God, by disregarding His Commandment to Love) is practicing sin and lawlessness.
Jesus, fully human, was tempted and tested exactly like we are. Yet, because He was simultaneously fully God, He was, able to overcome all His humanity and remain _______________________.
He was sinless in order to conquer sin… Therefore, the implication… How does it make sense for people Saved by Christ to continue to __________?
There are only ______ kinds of people… People who do lawlessness and people who do righteousness. The “Doings” of both show who they are.
Christians are born of God… and so, exist as the result of God’s seed. We are His children… In other words, Christians are sinless, and it is impossible for them to sin presently or in the future, because Christ has already paid the price for the sum total of all sin.
The entire argument rests on the fact that as a Christian you are sinless… So, ACT that way… Do everything in your power to make your present reality match up with your true ____________ & true eschatological reality!031118 - I John 3b - Last Things
March 26, 2018 09:37 AM PDT
I John overview of eschatology or "Last Things" by Pastor Scott Keller
I JOHN 2:8 ~ On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining.
I JOHN 2:17 ~ The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
I JOHN 2:18 ~ Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.
I JOHN 2:28 ~ Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.
I JOHN 3:2 ~ Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
Eschatology, from ἔσχατος (ĕs-ĉḥä-tŏs) & λόγιος (lŏ-gē-ŏs). It means the study of _______________ ___________________.
Referenced verses: Ephesians 4:1, I Timothy 6:12, II Peter 1:10, Luke 17:26-30, I Thessalonians 5:2&3, Matthew 24:36-42, II Peter 3:3&4, I Thessalonians 5:6, I Peter 5:8
“Being caught up,” is Greek ἁρπάζω (häȑ-pä-dzō), translated into Latin as rapiō (ȑä-pē-ō).
I Corinthians 15:52&53
The Second Coming is called the Parousia, παρουσία (pä-ȑü-sē-ä).
The Apocalypse is ἀποκαλύπτω (ä-pŏ-kä-lüp-tō).
I Corinthians 3:13-15, Matthew 6:19-21010718 - I John 1b - Life Manifested
January 08, 2018 11:24 AM PST
I John 1:1-4 (part 2), Pastor Scott Keller
Are you subtly and perhaps subconsciously, tweaking Christianity to fit your __________________, __________________, ____________________?
Let us be careful not to make Jesus just a little more _____________________ than He is to the lifestyle we desire.
I JOHN 1:1&2 ~ 1What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— 2and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us—
Many people think that he’s talking about the beginning, as in…
1) the ___________________________________________________
2) or, as in, _______________________________________________
3) or, as in, _______________________________________________.
It isn’t really, “What was from THE Beginning.” It is not a specific point on a calendar, but a _________________________ beginning of things.
Genesis 1:1, “The heavens and the earth,” is a merism, meaning ____________________________.
John 1:1, “Was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” The point is that the Word, and God, are ___________________________ uncreated pure existence that predate time and creation.
God states that He is, “The Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 21:6). Jesus makes the same statement about Himself (Revelation 22:13).
Isaiah 44:6, Revelation 1:17
John 1:14 is not hyperbole. John personally and physically saw Jesus materially transform to allow just a little bit of the ____________________ Word show through.
Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36
John goes out of his way to ensure that it is completely understood that he is an eyewitness of the fact that the “Word of Life” was ________________ as the human man Jesus.
Verse 2 adds to the repetition and the certainty… The “Word of Life” was manifested in __________________________ form.
John equates the “Word of Life,” with the “Manifested Life” at the beginning of verse 2, and then with the “Eternal life,” in the middle of verse 2.
In all three cases “Life” is ζωή (dzō-ā), meaning life-force rather than alive… βίος (bē-ŏs).
John 17:3 ~ This is eternal life, that people may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
I John 5:20 ~ And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.
It is the Word of God made flesh, Jesus, the Christ, Who is “Eternal Life” and He is the only true God.”
Verse 2, ends in two parts that will join to form one of the primary arguments of the Letter.
The first part is, “With the Father” (John 1:1).
I Corinthians 8:6
I JOHN 1:3&4 ~ 3what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.
By loving folks enough to tell them the Truth, John and his people are fulfilling their calling to Love their ______________ as the love themselves.
Our joy made complete becomes the __________________ of those who positively respond.123117 - I John 1:1a - From the Beginning
January 02, 2018 06:02 AM PST
I John, Introduction, Pastor Scott Keller
I John, a catholic epistle or ________________. Catholic simply means ____________________. It is Greek, καθολικός (kä-thŏ-lē-kŏs.
It was written between 60 and 95 A.D. Most think late 80’s to early 90’s. It was penned in the city of _________________, the Roman capital of Asia.
The Temple, improved by King Croesus, served the Greek goddess Artemis, but was really a mixture of her and the local goddess Cybele.
Remember Croesus and Cyrus? The city passed into ________________ control in 547 B.C.
Paul passed through Ephesus on his way to Jerusalem in about 52 A.D. On his 3rd Missionary Journey in the mid 50’s A.D., Paul lived in the city for more than ____________ years growing a large Christian community.
John’s authorship was _______________ until Eusebius, in about 300 A.D., reinterpreted an ambiguous text written by Papias.
John was born in about 10 A.D. By tradition, he was the _______________ Apostle. He died in 98 A.D. His family was wealthy and well connected. His mother, Salome, was probably a sister of Jesus’ mother Mary.
There grew quite a community around John (now called the Johannine School). Polycarp and Papias were both students of John there.
John was simplistic in his ______________ style, yet, what John says is some of the most profound Truth found anywhere in the Bible.
His opening in the Gospel of John is arguably the greatest theological insight ever recorded.
The letter was written to combat a heretical gnostic docetic progressiveness that had _______________ the Christian community.
Heretical αἱρετικός (hī-ȑĕ-tē-kŏs), because…
Gnostic γνώστης (gnōs-tās), because…
Docetic δοκεῖν (dŏ-kān), because…
Progressiveness πρό (pȑŏ) + Latin, because…
While John will appeal to his _________________ knowledge, his primary attack comes from the teaching of Jesus, that the Gnostics held dear… He will show that everything they do and believe militates against it.
I JOHN 1:1-4 ~ 1What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— 2and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.
This is one of the greatest Christological ________________ in the Bible. In the original Greek, these first four verses are one _________________.
The primary verb “Proclaim,” doesn’t show up until the __________ verse.
The purpose is so the recipients will have ______________ with him - which is to say, _______________ in the family of God - ______________ with the Father and the Son.
It is κοινωνία (koy-nō-nē-ä).
John’s motivation is that “Our joy” will be “Complete.” Some translations, like the KJV, have, “Your joy.”122417 - Christmas Eve - Biblical Peace
December 28, 2017 09:09 AM PST
The fourth Sunday of Advent is Peace and this year is also Christmas Eve, Pastor Scott Keller.
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