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021818 - I John 2e - Doctrine Matters
February 19, 2018 09:09 AM PST
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I John 2:18-27, Pastor Scott Keller,

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.

This starts a new section with obvious ties to his last point. Recognize that this is a __________________________ battle.

The “Antichrist” is evil’s version of Jesus the true ___________________.

1) The “Antichrist” creates _____________ to encourage love of self and foster manipulation of others.

2) The “Antichrist” requires allegiance to no one other than ____________, which ultimately keeps you in slavery.

3) The “Antichrist” is the ____________ of Satan revealing only deception.

In recognizing the goal and methods of the “Antichrist,” John can say that there are many “_________________” who pave the way for the final one.

Anyone who alters foundational Christian doctrine is deceived and anyone who proclaims such doctrine is an “Antichrist” in league with ___________.

The _________________ is being assailed by evil because it is the only thing that stands in the gap and testifies to the Truth in this world.

Please remember the church is ____________. The Light shines into the darkness, but the world prefers the dark and so ______________ the Light.

John 15:19

The phrase, “I chose you to come out of the world,” uses the word ἐκλέγομαι (ĕk-lĕ-gŏ-mī); to _________ _________. Christians are God’s ἐκλεκτός (ĕk-lĕk-tŏs), the ___________ thing from a different point of view.
__________________ is ἐκκλησία (ĕk-klā-sē-ä). Yes, also the same idea.

The church is the vehicle God chose to be His Light in this world.

Matthew 16, Acts 20:28, I Corinthians 10:32, Ephesians 5:23-32,
I Timothy 3:15, Hebrews 12:22-24.

We have made the church immanent, as in _______________, rather than recognizing that it is transcendent, as in, _____________________ to God.
Reality, for us, becomes what we as individuals make of it and so, it is internalized and subjective, instead of what is ___________ and objective.

For most Christians today, other than subject matter, a ________________ is no different than any other information sharing vehicle. If though, a sermon is a corporate act of worship where we interact with God…

The _________ is “By common confession” of Jesus as God’s only Savior.

I Corinthians 15:3&4, I Timothy 2:5&6, 3:16

The core religious doctrine has to do with the ______ between God and us.

I JOHN 2:19-27 ~ 19They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. 20But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. 21I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life. 26These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. 27As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.

In Luke chapter 14, Jesus made it clear that everyone must count the ______________ of being His disciple before they start.

I Corinthians 9:24, Hebrews 12:1, II Timothy 4:7

021118 - I John 2d - Agape Whom?
February 12, 2018 11:05 AM PST
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I John 2:15-17, Pastor Scott Keller

I JOHN 2:15-17 ~ 15Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

Love in all the cases discussed today is Agapê… An _________________ choice to commit to love. A devotion based on the commitment of the ________________, not the lovability of the ________________. Lovability may easily change, true commitment does not.

Agapê is partially defined in the first Commandment itself. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength”

Deuteronomy 6:5, 10:12, 11:13, 13:3, 30:6, Joshua 22:5, Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, 12:33, Luke 10:27, etc.

It comes from God - it is an ___________________, altruistic, God-love.

Romans 5:5, Galatian 4:6

Even so, “Love God,” is not the summary ___________________. “Love your neighbor as yourself,” holds that honor.

Leviticus 19:18. Matthew 19:19; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8, John 15:12, etc.

It can be defined as loving other ________________ enough to have unity with them and loving non-Christians enough to share the Gospel with them.

Both are related to loving the church.

I Thessalonians 4:9, 3:12

What seems most difficult to fake, is one’s _____________ for their fellow Christian within their local church family.

It can be done from afar… It can be done in the short term…

The two Commandments are reduced to one, because we can’t do this apart from being a Christian in right standing with God.

John 13:35, etc., Matthew 7:12, Romans 13:8, James 2:8
“Do not love the world nor the things of the world,” is just another way to say _________________________.

It means do not be __________________ from what’s important.

I Corinthians 13:11

While it’s true that we need God to Agapê Him and others (Romans 5:5, etc.), it is completely unnecessary in order to Agapê ________________.

We already Agapê; what we need is a change of _____________.

Allow the power of the Holy Spirit to fill you with Agapê to reflect back to Him and to radiate out to others and your ________________ will be right.

Matthew 6:19-21, Luke 16:13

Serving wealth, storing up treasure on earth, and loving the world are all the same thing as loving _________ more than God and more than others.

When you decide to serve yourself, do these three things…

1) Be ___________________ about it.

2) See if you can make it ______________________.

3) Keep it in _____________________.

Verse 16, may parallel the sin in the Garden of Eden in the ____________________ description.

Verse 17, gives a reason beyond… This world and all connected to it are passing away, while those who love God and others will live ___________.

Ecclesiastes 12:13&14

020418 - I John 2c - Who Are You?
February 12, 2018 10:15 AM PST
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I John 2:12-15, Pastor Scott Keller

I JOHN 2:12-14 ~ 12I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake. 13I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. 14I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

You can easily see, even in English, the symmetry, repetition and __________________ of this passage.

The gist is he’s confirming that they are true children of _____________.

The first three, “I am writing,” and the last three, “I have written.”

The verb γράφω (gȑä-fō) means to _____________. The first three phrases are in the present tense, the last three are in the aorist tense.
“Little children,” once, “Fathers,” twice, “Young men,” twice and just plain, “Children,” once.

I think the two different words for “Children,” τεκνίον (tĕk-nē-ŏn) and παιδίον (pī-dē-ŏn) means ____________________. I think the old versus young is a kind of merism, meaning ______________________.

Is, “Because,” causal or descriptive?

I think John is __________________ them of what they already know to be true. More certain when we remember, that the Bible always gives us the __________________________, before it gives us an obligation.

__________________ of all that, my friends then… “Do not love the world nor the things in the world.”

In verse 12, “Have been forgiven,” is in the perfect tense meaning that it is something done in the ____________ with an emphasis on the present.

Psalm 103:12, Jeremiah 31:34, Hebrews 8:12, 10:17, I John 2:1-3

Accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and you are forgiven… Not just yesterday, not just today, but forevermore.

I Corinthians 6:11, John 20:31

If for no other reason, He would forgive everyone who “Calls upon the Name,” to vindicate and honor the Name.

Philippians 2:10&11

“You know Him who has been from the beginning,” is identical in verses 13 and 14. The “Him,” here, is ______________. It is an experiential knowing.

“You have overcome the evil one,” is also identical in verse 13 and 14, with an extra statement in verse 14.

Victory is over ὁ πονηρός (hŏ pŏn-ā-ȑŏs), “The Evil,” (as in the Lord’s prayer). Verse 14, clarifies, “You are strong, and the word of God abides in you.” Because the word abides in you, you are strong. It functions like a hendiadys, two things that are really only one thing.

Romans 8:37-39

Verse 13 adds that not only do we know Jesus we also in the perfect tense, ______________________ know the Father.

Bottom line, because you are Christians… Act like who you are…

I JOHN 2:15 ~ Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

This is a command… This is what we ______________ do because we are God’s people.

The “World,” is κόσμος (kŏs-mŏs), especially John 3:16-19. “Do not love,” here, is do not _____________ the transient things of this existence.

Hebrews 13:14, John 12:25, 17:18, James 1:27, 4:4, Romans 12:2

We are in the world, not to be __________ of it, but to be salt and light in it.

012818 - I John 2b - Keep His Commandments
January 30, 2018 10:52 AM PST
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I John 2:3-11, Pastor Scott Keller,

I JOHN 2:3 ~ By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.

Translation: The way you know you are in fellowship with God is by your agapê love for others.

It starts with a connective word in Greek, καί (kī), normally translated as “__________.”

1) It loosely ___________________ this section to the last one.

2) “By this,” looks forward, instead of backward for the ______________.

3) It makes it clear he’s talking about ____________, not _____________.

“We know that we have come to know Him,” is a double use of γινώσκω (gē-nōs-kō), meaning, to come to know. It is ______________________.

The keeping of commandments is not the condition for relationship, it is the outcome and so becomes the ________________.

Jeremiah 7:23

The word “Commandments” is ἐντολή (ĕn-tŏ-lā), meaning, a command. “Commandments,” while reasonable, is potentially __________________. John never refers to the Law using this word. It is Love for God that can only come from God and is proven by the ______________of loving others.

Matthew 22:37-40

Jesus fulfilled the Law and established the New Covenant, rendering the Old Covenant obsolete.

Hebrews 8:13

Rules don’t change the ________________. The New Covenant is not about mechanically following rules - it is about following your Spirit-filled heart in doing what is _________________ and therefore right.

I JOHN 2:4&5 ~ 4The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

Jesus is the Truth and He does not abide with people who do not Agapê. Not because they fail to Agapê, but because God’s Agapê isn’t in them.

By God’s Agapê in our heart we ______________ that we are in Him.

I JOHN 2:6-8 ~ 6the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. 7Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. 8On 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.

Now, John switches to Jesus… The word “Ought,” has the force of the word ______________.

I’m not, “Writing a new commandment,” means that there is no ______________ and progressive teaching in Christianity.

II John 5 & 9, I Corinthians 15:1-12, II Peter 3:16, Galatians 1:8

The new command Jesus gave is now old to Christians, but it has become ____________ again, as it is being lived out in the church.

John 13:34&35

I JOHN 2:9-11 ~ 9The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. 10The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Love is what we show to God and others, ________________________. Likewise, a person who hates his brother doesn’t have to be living in the extreme definition of that characteristic either.

Matthew 5:21-24, I John 3:15-17

012118 - I John 2a - Sin?
January 22, 2018 03:06 PM PST
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I John 1:10-2:2, Pastor Scott Keller,

I JOHN 1:10-2:2 ~ 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. 2:1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

This opening is the same as the opening of the second group in verse 8, except before they were “Deceiving” themselves, and here they make _______________ a liar.

People who deny that they need forgiveness, not only cannot receive forgiveness, they proclaim _______________ to be a liar and sacrifice of Jesus _________________________________.

Is it possible to be a Christian, and be confused about Christ’s most essential and basic purpose?

Salvation is in ___________________ alone. It is never _______________ plus something else. It seems like John is saying that it is Jesus plus repentance.

Belief in Jesus, is a belief in Who Jesus is, and what He has done, along with the implications spiritually and practically. True __________________ is an essential ingredient of true belief.

Sometimes we act like we think God owes us.

Look at all I’ve done…

I didn’t ask for this…

Fortunately, God is faithful, and we who accept His daily salvation never have to fear ___________________ because of His perfect character.

Humble gratitude manifesting in generosity of spirit is the ______________ of the Christian who gets it.

Without acknowledging our sins and taking responsibility for them, we cannot truly accept God’s _________________ of those sins and therefore we cannot be saved… “God’s Word,” is literally and figuratively, “not in us.”

Verse 1, starts with John calling them, “My little children.” He shifts from plural to singular pronouns. It is both loving and _____________________.

“So that you may not sin,” vice, “So that you will not sin.”

John is writing to impress upon them the seriousness of sin and get them to __________________ sin, but to also know that sinlessness is impossible.

It is to strive to be sinless and ending up, sinning ____________.

Our Advocate is Jesus. The word is παράκλητος (pä-ȑä-klā-tŏs). The Paraclete - like a ____________________.

John 14:16, “Another Helper” (ἄλλος παράκλητος).

Jesus is the Christ and He is ___________________. He clothes us in His righteousness.

As the Christ, Jesus is the propitiation for our sins. His perfect sacrifice has completely ___________________ God’s perfect justice, allowing Him to wipe our slate of sin clean.

It was a sacrifice so great that it completely obviates all the ____________ of the entire world for all time.

011418 - I John 1c - Fellowship
January 22, 2018 12:57 PM PST
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I John 1:5-9, Pastor Scott Keller

Three interrelated points…



I JOHN 1:5-2:2 ~ 5This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. 2:1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
The Message they proclaim is not their ______________.

Matthew 28:19&20

The thesis statement summarizing what came before and forming the basis for what follows is… “God is Light.”

John 8:12, 9:5 (“I AM the Light”)

It isn’t that “God is Light” because He’s living up to the standard of “Light.” God is the standard and basis and definition of what _________________.

Deuteronomy 4:24, Hebrews 12:29, Psalm 7:11, John 3:33,
Psalm 116:5, I John 4:8, 4:16, Psalm 46:1, 62:6, John 3:16

It is to God’s eternal glory that He loved so much. That is the “Light” that illumines mankind. The Eternal ____________ was manifested among us.

John triples down… After stating it in positive terms, John states it in negative terms, and then adds a ________________ negative expression.

John’s purpose is not to give a theology lesson, but to establish, that because “Light” is God’s character, then there are ___________________.

Verses 6, 8 and 10, present ___________ conditional sentences, each with its consequence, and each with a counterpoint, along with its consequence.

Verse 6, Since there is no darkness in God, people who have fellowship with Him, wouldn’t make it a practice to ______________ in the dark.

“Darkness,” is the opposite of “Light.” Godliness is primarily the twin components of integrity and selfless ________________.

The opposite proposition means that fellowship with one another, would be the _________ that a person walks in the light and is cleansed from all sin.

People who are wound a little too tightly, who take themselves a little too _________, destroy church fellowship, all in the name of better Christianity.

John 13:34&35, etc. ad infinitum

Purification is by “The blood of Jesus His Son.” It speaks of Christ’s death on the Cross as salvific… Something the heretics denied.

The three verbs are continuous. As we continuously walk in the light, we are continuously in fellowship with others and we are continuously being _____________________ of any mistakes we make along the way.

I Peter 4:8, 3:7, Matthew 5:23&24

John uses the word sin, Greek ἁμαρτία (hä-mäȑ-tē-ä), to mean transgressions against God that result in His _______________________.

Matthew 6:12, Romans 5:8-10

Confess is the verb ὁμολογέω (hŏ-mŏ-lŏ-gĕ-ō). Admission of wrongdoing is essential to _____________________.

010718 - I John 1b - Life Manifested
January 08, 2018 11:24 AM PST
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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).

John 1:3

I Corinthians 8:6

Colossians 1:15-17

John 1:10

Hebrews 1:2&3

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
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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.

Ezra 1:1-3

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.

John 13:34&35

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 flow is that what John, and his associates, saw and heard, looked at and touched, is the thing that he is _________________, and that thing is the Word of Life - The God-man Jesus Christ.

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
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The fourth Sunday of Advent is Peace and this year is also Christmas Eve, Pastor Scott Keller.

121717 - Advent Joy - Biblical Joy
December 19, 2017 10:17 AM PST
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The Third Sunday of Advent is Joy, Pastor Scott Keller,

The word “Joy” is greatly misunderstood.

King David had everything… except the one thing he ________________.

Rebuked by God, David deserved to lose everything including his _______.

II Samuel 12:1-9

David grieved at his own horrible behavior… Then, instead of ___________________ in guilt, he was able to take the next crucial step.

He took himself directly into the presence of God while figuratively covered in the sewage of his _______________.

What made David, “A man after God’s own heart” (I Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22), was he refused to allow his _____________ to ruin his relationship with God.

PSALM 51 ~ 1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me…
5Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me…
7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow…
9Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12aRestore to me the joy of your salvation…

Salvation is right relationship with God forever, which is synonymous with heaven. Do you know what Jesus called heaven?

Biblical “Joy” comes from knowing, to the very core of your being, that everything is going to be alright because it depends upon _____________ character rather than your own.

Psalm 32:1&2, Romans 4:7&8, Psalm 30:2-11

When we fully grasp that Truth, then the inner joy we have, bursts forth in an __________________ expression…

The word Joy in Hebrew is שִׂמְחָה (sim-ĉḥä), and in Greek χαρά (ĉḥä-ȑä). 2,500 years ago the Greeks defined χαρά as the “Culmination of existence, a beauteous spark divine” (Aeschylus in Agamemnon).

Acts 13:52

Real joy must find expression. That’s the effect - an external joy manifested as the verb χαίρω (ĉḥī-ȑō), to rejoice.

Show me a person who cannot rejoice in the Lord and I’ll show you a person who does not get it.

A little history lesson…

The human result of the Reformation was a self-focused Christianity.

Reformed Theology is an attempt to get back to the Reformation idea of focusing on _______________.

The self-focus problem is two-fold.

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is first of all Love. Love inexorably ___________ to Joy, just as Joy inexorably ____________ to Peace and so on.

Therefore, God’s love for us, when __________________ is joy.

Romans 5:8

I PETER 1:3-7a, 3Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy he has given us a new birth and a hope that is alive. It is alive because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. 4He has given us new birth so that we might share in what belongs to him. It is a gift that can never be destroyed. It can never spoil or even fade away. It is kept in heaven for you. 5Through faith you are kept safe by God’s power. Your salvation is going to be completed. It is ready to be shown to you in the last days. 6Because you know this, you have great joy. You have joy even though you may have had to suffer for a little while. You may have had to suffer sadness in all kinds of trouble. 7Your troubles have come in order to prove that your faith is real.

Zechariah 9:9, Luke 2:8-11

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