SERIES: Christian Living in a World of Chaos & Contradiction
SETTING: North Kelso Baptist Church
SERVICE: Sunday AM
SUBTITLE: The Test of Stewardship (Part 3)
SCRIPTURE: 1 John 4:17-19
SUBJ: Perfect love
SUMMARY: Perfect love produces confidence
SCHEME: that Christians stop fearing the judgment of God
Our theme is: Perfect loves produces confidence
This is a good reminder for us all that God has implanted his character or nature within us which produces confidence about the Day of Judgment.
Proposition: Genuine believers as recipients of fellowship and Sonship are charged with a stewardship that when faithfully discharged demonstrates a true relationship with God.
Interrogatory Sentence: How do genuine Christians faithfully discharge their stewardship duties?
Transitional Sentence: This passage supplies us with three (3) principles to be good stewards.
CHRISTIAN LIVING IN A WORLD OF CHAOS
The Christian Life is Viewed as Stewardship
The Test of Stewardship
1 John 4:17-19 * (Part 3)
A. The Paralyzing Effect of Fear
Louis Pasteur was reported to have had such an irrational fear of dirt and infection that he refused to shake hands.
President and Mrs. Benjamin Harrison were so intimidated by the newfangled electricity installed in the White House they were afraid to touch the light switches. If there were no servants around to turn off the lights when the Harrisons went to bed they slept with them on.
B. The Problem for Believers
This is like some Christians. Some believers are paralyzed with fear that they might be not genuine believers. They look to historical events or emotional feelings for evidence of their redemption rather than being confidently assured furnished by the fruit produced by God in their lives.
3A The Christian Life Viewed as Stewardship (4:7-5:12)
1B Genuine believers love the people of God (4:7-5:5)
1C The Foundation of love (4:7-12)
2C The Fruit of love (4:3-16)
1D The Treasure of the Holy Spirit (13)
2D The Testimony of the Human Apostles (14)
3D The Truth of the Heavenly Fellowship (15-16)
TRUTH FOR TODAY
3C The Force of love (4:17-19)
1D Mature love resides in the believer (17)
1E The Reality of love in the believer
2E The Results of love in the beliver
2D Mature love refuses to fear (18)
1E The Positive Statement
2E The Practical Statement
3D Mature love responds to God's love (19)