Sunday, June 18, 2017

SS 6/18 - 1 John 3:1-10

This month we are doing a series by Veggie Tales creator Phil Vischer called "What Is a Christian?"  It is a series on 1 John and this week, I was assigned chapter 3.  This dialogue is from verses 1-10

Who were the ones who could talk to the king at any time and not get in trouble?  His children.  Think about it.  What does your dad do?  What if I just went into his office, spun around on his swivel chair and played on his computer?  Would that be weird?  But what if you did that?  It would be perfectly normal.

Since God created everything and is in charge of everything, what does that make him? The King of everything

And John says, because of Jesus, we are invited to be…what?
The children of God.  That also means that only Christians are God’s children.  If you are a Christian, you are God’s child.  If not, then you need to know Jesus.  You cannot come to God unless you know Jesus and accept his sacrifice for your sins.  When you do that, you are covered by his blood, your sins are forgiven, and the Holy Spirit baptizes you.  You are now adopted into God’s family as a child.

If you are God’s child, then when can you talk to God and be with him?
Whenever you want!

If we are God’s children, will we stop being mean and selfish all at once?
No, in this life we will never be sinless, but with God’s Spirit, we will sin less.  We will do what we can do to please Jesus, not because we are afraid of him but because we love him.

When Jesus comes back we will see him “as he really is.”  What does that mean?
Let’s be honest, what does the world, or people who don’t go to church, think about Jesus?  He’s boring, not necessary for life, a goody-two shoes, a great teacher but not God, a killjoy, stifling, suffocating.  But when he comes, how will we see him?  As exciting, beautiful, nothing more desirable, God in the flesh, the one we love and long for.  Who is someone you really look forward to seeing?  Why?  Jesus is all that and more.

And what will we be like then?  And our whole world?

We will be like him for we shall see him as he is

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