Pastor Nate Harlan equips us to test the spirits — that is, false teaching inspired by demonic influence. We must be diligent or we will be led away into heresy and idolatry. If any teacher says that Jesus Christ is not God incarnate, fully human and fully God, then we must reject him. The scriptures and the church’s creeds protect us from such falsehoods.
God’s love for his children is extravagant. In this second part of Pastor Nate Harlan’s sermon on 1 John 3:19-24, we focus on what the Apostle John tells us about this important topic. We are not to live in a state of insecurity about our relationship with God. We are to live trusting in the generosity of God to us, his children.
If you are struggling with the assurance of your salvation, if you lack confidence before God, you are more concerned about yourself than about others. This lack of confidence before God can actually make us selfish and keep us from obeying His command to love the brothers. Having biblical confidence equips us to love others rather than worry about ourselves.
Despite our church’s propensity to go down any number of interesting rabbit trails during the family study, Pastor Nate Harlan says that this time we will wrap up Question 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism.
No one wants to be hated, so the temptation for the Christian is to compromise with the world so the world won’t hate us. But as Pastor Nate Harlan says, simply by your example of following Jesus, you are exposing the wickedness of the unbelievers around you. We cannot cave in to the pressure to make peace with the world.
Pastor Nate Harlan continues our discussion centered around The Heidelberg Confession. The group talks about our comfort in life and death, and how the world’s comfort is fleeting and even non-sensical.
Are you a child of the devil or are you a child of God? Can you know for sure?
What the Apostle John tells us in this passage is that you can discover the answer. But the process is uncomfortable because it requires deep self-examination: Do you practice sin or do you practice righteousness? Hear Pastor Nate Harlan on this passage.
Hope has a central importance in the Christian’s life. Just like faith, hope by itself is useless. Hope must have an object. Moreover, you cannot follow Jesus faithfully without having hope. Pastor Nate Harlan digs into the purifying aspect of hope in the first of a series of sermons on this particular passage.