two rivers church

1 John 2:12-14

Spud Duffey

Nov 9, 2014

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1 John 2:12-14
I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven because of Jesus' name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you have come to know the One who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have had victory over the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you have come to know the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you have come to know the One who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, God's word remains in you, and you have had victory over the evil one.

Big Idea - Encouragement is found in theological truth applied to life!

1. As children of God, we find encouragement through intimacy with God.

Theological truth: Your sins are forgiven because of God's character.

Affirmation: You know the father.

2. Fathers find encouragement in the nature of God

Theological truth and affirmation: You know Him who is from the beginning.

3. Young men find encouragement with what life with God brings!

Theological truth: You have overcome the evil one and you are strong. The Word abides in you.

Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.

Application

Perspective

Is theological truth your foundation for encouragement?

Heart

The hearts desire to feel good often misleads us. The truth is stable and ultimately gives us peace and security.

Personal Praxis

Children: Fight to be intimate with God. Fathers: Find your confidence in God's constancy, not our accomplishments. Young men: Don't waste your strength by giving into the evil one.

Community Praxis

Meditation.

1. What does this passage say about God's character?
2. What does this passage reveal about me?
3. What change does the Holy Spirit want to do in me?

Note: all scripture references are in HCSB

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