This evening we got together again for Week 4 of 12 in our “Make Disciples.” series. Below you will find links to an overview of the full 12 weeks and for the fourth area on the map, Embracing God’s Story: Christian Community.
During the 12 weeks, we are addressing areas on a comprehensive discipleship map. After discussing each area, we will try to establish Milestones that would provide evidence of personal spiritual growth – markers that we work toward.
In a time and culture in which love has come to mean any fuzzily defined positive feeling, John’s healthy focus on the truth is a welcome change. There is such a thing as truth and we find it in Jesus. There are also swindlers who have gone out into the world, who deny some basic doctrines about Christ. John calls them deceivers and antichrists.
We don’t have to look very hard in the Bible to find warnings about spiritual deception. Several of them come out of the mouth of Jesus. For example, Matthew 24:11,“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.”
“Beloved, do not misunderstand me – no man can have fellowship with God unless sin be taken away; but his fellowship with God, and his walking in light, does not take away his sin – not at all. The whole process of the removal of sin is here, ‘And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.'” (Spurgeon)
In his essay Christian Apologetics, C.S. Lewis said, “One of the great difficulties is to keep before the audience’s mind the question of truth. They always think you are recommending Christianity not because it is true but because it is good. And in the discussion they will at every moment try to escape from the issue “true–false” into stuff about a good society, … or the Spanish Inquisition … or anything whatever … One must keep on pointing out that Christianity is a statement which, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance.”