Word of Encouragement

In The Know

As you know we are starting a brand-new sermon series for the summer entitled, “In the Know.” Our theme is taken from 1 John 2:5-6. And it says, “But if anyone obeys His Word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.

The Bible says, “This is how we know we are in Him…”. To be “in the know” is a term we hear often. What do we mean by that? To be “in the know” is to have knowledge that others don’t have. When we say, that someone is in the know, what we’re really saying is – they know what’s going on. Not everybody knows what’s going on, but they know exactly what’s going on – they are “in the know.”

Here’s the second part to our theme: “This is how we know we are in Him whoever claims to live in Christ must live as Jesus did.” Whoever claims to live in Christ must live as Jesus did. How many of you know that it’s not easy to live as Jesus did? Back in the day we use to wear WWJD bracelets – who remembers that? What Would Jesus Do? It was a reminder to behave and imitate Jesus. But it wasn’t easy right? Why? Because Jesus was Perfect – with a capital P.

We are not perfect. We have a sinful nature – we have the tendency to sin. You see, at conversion, all of our sins – that we’ve ever committed – was forgiven and erased. But we still have a sin nature – we still have the ability and the tendency to sin again – post conversion. Even Christians who have been Christians for years still sin.

God, in His Word shows us how we can live as Jesus did. God is aware of our sin nature and yet He calls us to live as Jesus did. Whoever claims to live in Christ must live as Jesus did. Today you and I can be “in the know” – hallelujah! God has not hidden this from us. When it comes to our faith, we can be “in the know”. The knowledge to know Him is made plain to anyone who picks up the Bible and studies His Word.

Join us this summer so that you can be, “in the know” as we discover how to live like Jesus.

Blessings,

Pastor Mark
Reach Out Pastor

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