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No Cause for Stumbling (1 John 2:7-11) - 7/4/21

Download the Sermon Notes for July 4, 2021.


In verses 3-6, John tells us how to know that we know Him:

  • The Will of God is your Desire (3-4);

  • The Word of God is your Direction (5);

  • A Walk with God is your Delight (6)


Now he gives us the first test. It is the will of God that you love others. It is both an old and a new command.


II. The Provisions for the Christian (2:1-14) - Founded in Christ

A. Propitiation from Sin (2:1-2)

B. Perfected by the Word (2:3-11)

1. The Love of God Commanded (vv. 3-6)

2. The Love of God Considered (vv. 7-8)

a. The Law of Love (v. 7) - The Emphasis Changes

- Under LAW - acts of love are done from DUTY.

- Under GRACE - acts of love are done from DESIRE.

b. The Life of Love (v. 7b - 8a) - The Example is Created

- Is not a product of HUMAN SINCERITY.

- But is a product of the HOLY SPIRIT.

LOVE IS: unconditional, unprejudiced, unselfish, unending

c. The Liberty of Love (v. 8b) - The Effect is Commended

- Not a PERFECT love IMMEDIATELY,

- But a PROGRESSIVE love INCREASINGLY.

- 1. FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS,

you can be released from bondage.

- 2. FAITH FOR THE FALLEN,

by love you can see the grace of God revealed to others.

- 3. FAMILY FOR THE FORGIVEN,

prodigal son is great example. Restoration is the goal.

3. The Love God Contradicted (vv. 9-11)

a. Creates a Lack of Spiritual Perception (v. 9)

Deception: “I can’t help the way I feel.” Yes, you can!

b. Causes a Life of Stumbling

Deception: “I can’t/won’t get involved.” But you should!

c. Curtails a Longing for Spiritual Growth

Deception: “I can’t help the way I think.” Yes, you can!

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