For truth’s sake (2 John 1:4-13)

Life gives you experiences, and it is those experiences that deepen and enriche our walk in faith. It is imperative that churches today present the gospel. Too many are shutting their doors. If we believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, when it gets inside us, shouldn’t it change the way we live our lives? How can you sit under the teaching of the word of God and never change?

1. Exposure to Biblical truth produces growth, love & obedience. When the word of God is developed, it develops us. It is important for churches to not just grow numerically, but also spiritually. There has to be evidence of the working of Christ in us. Be doers and not hearers only. Believers should love one another. The deeper we grow in love of Jesus Christ the deeper we will love one another. There is so much hate and rage because we are not growing Biblically in the word of God. If you are growing spiritually, you will not be a hateful, hate-spewing individual. If you love God, you will obey Him and His commandments. We won’t be perfect, but we will have a heart of righteousness.

There are many deceivers, and they are an affront to the gospel. If anyone would deny the reality that Jesus Christ is who He says He is, he is a deceiver. Don’t compare yourself to others but only look at yourself. Don’t forfeit your reward by losing your focus and passion.

2. Losing focus of what matters will short-circuit the blessings of God in our lives. And it is very easy for us to lose focus. Be careful what you read and fill your mind with. Don’t open yourself up to deceivers. They will get you away from God. Deceivers existed in the time of John, too. Then as now, we are not to receive them into our homes.

3. Those who preach another gospel are to be exposed and are not to be welcomed into our homes and churches. We must feed the sheep but also protect the sheep. Deceivers don’t act in the name of God, but in the name of discord. Morality doesn’t get us into heaven. The gospel does.

The result of face-to-face interaction is that our joy may be full.

4. The most Biblical form of heart-to-heart communication is always face-to-face interaction. In 2016, there is a communication divide. Problems are not going to solved by text messaging. We stay buried too much in the world of social media. We are liable to say some things online that we would not say face-to-face.

“I have never properly discipled anyone by text messaging.” — Pastor Greg Locke

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