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Another Look At Love


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 1 John 4:7–4:21

Summary: In chapter four of his New Testament letter, the Apostle John drills down deep once more on the subject of love. We see why love is such an important part of a life that is real, genuine

The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 1 John 3:23–4:6

Summary: The Apostle John concerns himself in his New Testament letter with how to tell the counterfeit from the real. Though he might use different words if he was writing to 21st century readers, his message would be the same: Either Jesus was who he said he was (God in the flesh) or else he was an imposter, a counterfeit, a liar.

Marks of the Children of God


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 1 John 3:1–3:22

Summary: One of the greatest truths about you if you have believed in Jesus for salvation, having put your trust in him and been forgiven, is that you have been adopted into God’s family. This is the truth that the Apostle John speaks of as he opens chapter three of his first epistle in the New Testament. Two things important about your “family connection” with God: what God declares and what we demonstrate. From the foundation of what God declares, it is a matter of what our lives demonstrate.

Truth or Consequences


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 1 John 2:18–2:29

Summary: “It makes no difference what you believe, just so long as you are sincere.” Ever heard someone make that statement? Is that right? Is sincerity the most important value when it comes to our beliefs and actions? Or is it possible that that view could be disastrous? John the Apostle addresses the issue of “truth and consequences” in his New Testament letter, warning the church about false teachers who deny the truth God has revealed.

Tests of Our Faith


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 1 John 2:3–2:17

Summary: If you had to devise a test to determine whether or not a person was a true Christian, what would it look like? This is what the Apostle John does in chapter two of his first letter in the New Testament. These are tests of our faith, things that show that we really belong to Christ and are God’s child.

Fellowship With God


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 1 John 1:1–2:2

Summary: This is the first of seven messages on the New Testament letter of First John. The Apostle John, writing around 90 A.D., begins by talking about fellowship with God, a theme that runs throughout the book. He says that there are two prerequisites to having such fellowship: seeing with eyes of faith and walking in the light. When those two things are true, a person has fellowship with God and God has fellowship with them.

Church As An Army


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: In Scripture, the church is portrayed as an army, and individual Christians as soldiers in that army. The Apostle Paul reminds us that as believers we are under authority, under the command of Jesus. That being true, how should we view the warfare we encounter? How should we prepare in order to be effective in spiritual conflict? In Ephesians, chapter six, Paul uses the picture of a Roman soldier dressed for battle as a springboard to detailing how a Christian should prepare for war.

Church As A Building


Speaker: Chris Mendez

Summary: In this series “The Church As A Metaphor” we’ve been looking at different ways that the New Testament describes what the church is and what it’s meant to be doing. In this message, we will look at the metaphor “The Church As Building” and explore how to find our place within it.

Church As A Body


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: When we come to faith in Christ, we not only become members of God’s family, we become members of the body of Christ, the church, of which Jesus is the head. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 12), he makes two great propositions about the reality of Christians as part of Christ’s body: Diverse, but Unified and Different, but Necessary.

Church As A Family


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: “Family” – the very term conjures up all sorts of emotions. But “family” is an amazing concept when it relates to those who by faith have become children of God, members of God’s family. God has not only adopted us into his eternal family, He has placed us into a family of believers; it’s called the local church. As with all families, this one comes with responsibilities also.