ANOTHER----LOVE FELLOWER BELIEVERS IN CHRIST
1 "My little children,
I am writing this to you so that you may not sin: but if any one does sin, we
have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and 2 he is the
expiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the
whole world. 3 And by this we may be sure that we know him, if we keep his
commandments. 4 He who says 'I know him' but disobeys his commandments is a
liar, and the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly
love for God is perfected. 6 By this we may be sure that we are in him: he who
says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked."
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Rev. Minnie L. Jackson
1 John 2:1-6
First John is a letter, that
is composed of 5 chapters, written by the Apostle John to the Christians of his
time. John addresses the readers of this
letter as (my little children), it is a term of endearment to new believers, to
those who are babes or young in the Christian faith.
It is a lesson on love that
is relevant to believers of today. It
does not matter as to race, culture, denomination, rich, poor, there is one
common denominator among the true believers of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ; the Lordship of Jesus and He has commanded us to LOVE one another.
In the first chapter of this
letter, John speaks a lot about the relationship between our walk, or the way
we live our life in relationship to each other, and our fellowship, or intimate
relationship with God. He testifying of what he has seen and heard, that is, of
his fellowship with Jesus Christ while He ministered in human flesh here on
earth. This testimony was very important
to John so that (his little children) might have fellowship with him, with each
other, with Jesus Christ, the Son and with God, His Father.
God is Light and when we
walk in the Light, we have fellowship with Him. If we walk in the Light our
relationships with each other will be that of truth and love. The lesson
continues in chapter 2. John says that if we know God, we will keep his
commandments, and in keeping His commandments, is the same, as walking in the
Light of God; the same as our knowing God. Our fellowship with God, is bound up
with obeying Him and living according to His truth. There in not one without
John tells them (us) that he
is writing about not deceiving ourselves but confessing our sins so that we may
not sin. Believers need to be truthful
about ourselves. We are not righteous on our own! We have a Saviour who can and
will forgive and cleanse us, if only we ask with a sincere heart. We all need healing and forgiveness. So, John
reminds us that sinning is not trusting in God to keep HIs promises.
We can count on God, we can
trust in God for all that we need in life.
The GOSPEL is truth. The gospel is not an overflow of information or
entertainment; that of mere words. The message of Jesus Christ has power and it
is powerful. The gospel has power to change minds, hearts, and lives.
witnessing to your friends and family about your Lord and Savior?
Do others know that you are like Christ (a Christian)?
We MUST have Convictions of Steel!
Galatians 6:1414 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
The righteousness that we have is a favor from God. It is not based on our good works. We cannot trust in your own works, in our own goodness, and at the same time glory … in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. To say that we trust in our own work, is the same as saying that we reject Jesus' work on the cross, that His work is invalid and was not necessary for our salvation.
I can understand why Isaac Watts penned:When I survey the wondrous cross, On which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, Save in the death of Christ my God! All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down! Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all. Isaac Watts, pub.1707
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
King James Version (KJV)
Rev. Minnie L. Jackson April 21, 2017
Rev. Minnie L. Jackson
Ephesians 1: 1-6
is the 40 day period of penitence and fasting observed from Ash Wednesday to
Easter by many churches, but all of this is to naught if one has not truly
accepted God’s Grace, and no one explains that better than Paul in the Book of
Ephesians. This morning focusing on
believe that Paul wrote this letter between 61- 65 AD while he was a prisoner
in Rome, then Asia Minor, and now modern day Turkey.
writes this letter to comfort and encourage believers in this area and to let
them know that he is praying for them.
begins this chapter by introducing himself: He says: I am the *Apostle Paul. I
am an *apostle by God’s will and I am writing this letter to the *saints in
Ephesus. Paul is writing to God’s people of that time and this letter is
relevant for us today. Everyone ought to know who they are, if they belong to
Jesus, so Paul identified himself as an apostle chosen by GOD.
says if you believe in Christ Jesus, you are in Him and He is within you. Paul
wanted to assure these believers that when they are in union with Christ, they
have, we have, power to stand our ground in the WORD of God.
God has blessed us in Christ Jesus with every spiritual blessing in heavenly
places, and our right response to these blessings is to live for Christ. As the
church, we are to live, lives of service, working for peace and reconciliation
among our brothers and sisters all over the world, in our communities, in our
families and in our homes through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
book clearly points out the difference between spiritual blessings and physical
blessings. It is a book that teaches us, as believers, our position in the
Grace of God.
verse 2, Paul prays for God’s people. Paul says, I pray that God, our Father,
and the *Lord Jesus Christ will send you *grace and *peace.
is the writer of this book. Paul was a
grace preacher. Notice Paul says, “Grace
be to you… and peace. The Holy Spirit is
very careful, in the WORD, of God, to place every word in its right position.
here, Paul did not say “peace and grace,” He did not say peace and grace
because apart from the grace of God there is no peace with God. When we become recipients of God’s Grace then
we have peace that passes all understanding.
does not and will not offer peace apart from grace. Nor can any man have peace
before he accepts God’s grace. And that
Grace and Peace are found only in Christ Jesus.
There is no other place to find grace.
Bible teaches us that, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God
and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (And we
beheld His Glory, the glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
FULL OF GRACE and truth (as recorded in John 1:1 and 14).
praise the God and Father of our *Lord Jesus Christ who has greatly *blessed
us. God has *blessed us in the *heavenly places with every *spiritual *blessing
God made the world, He chose us, and He wants us to live holy lives. He wants
us to be intentional about doing those things that are good and right in His
sight. Yes, He loves us but He is also a God of judgment.
chose to make us his sons and daughters by Jesus Christ. He did this so that we
can be *holy and without *sin in his sight, through the blood of Jesus Christ,
yet we all will have to give an account for our deeds in this life.
lived as a human on this earth, now He is seated on the right hand of God the
Father, interceding for all of us who believes in Him and keep His
If we are to have
grace and peace we must identify with Christ Jesus in all things.
We must identify with Him, Christ Jesus
Corinthians 2: 9-10 teaches us that “…
Eyes hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man
the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. BUT GOD hath revealed them (them - meaning
things) (What thing? all things) unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit
searcheth all things.
- In nature: II Peter 1:4 In
life: 1 John 5:12
- In relationship: Hebrews 2:11 In
service: Matthew 28:20
- In suffering: Roman 8:17 In inheritance: Roman 8:16-17
- In everlasting glory Revelation 1:1, &
We praise him for his wonderful *grace. We
thank him for the free gift that he gave to us in salvation. Certainly we will never understand all
Scripture. But, it is the pleasure of
Jesus to reveal unto the spiritually minded the deep things of the Scriptures.
- We have grace and peace because
- We are chosen in Christ We are sanctified in
- We are foreordained in Christ We are adopted in Christ
- We have grace and peace because We are accepted in Christ
- We are redeemed in Christ We are forgiven in Christ
- We are enriched in
- We have grace and peace because
- We are enlightened in Christ, who is
the Light of the world
- Our inheritance is in Christ. We are
sealed until the day of redemption in Christ.
Finally, Ephesians 1:6 NLT (New Living)
we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his
prayed for the people of God, for the believers in His Son Jesus Christ and I
pray today that God will grant each one of us, His grace and His peace. Amen.
Romans 15:13 ESV
the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the
power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Amen.
BORN TO DIE
Rev. Minnie L. Jackson
many would want to be born, if they knew ahead of time, that the only purpose
of being born is to die? This was Jesus’ fake! He knew from the beginning of
time that this day would come. God didn’t put angels in charge of the business
of salvation. The Scripture says that mankind is made just a little lower that
the angels. God put us in charge of His entire handy work, everything, nothing
was excluded, and we could not get that right. We could not save ourselves.
So God had to come down in
order to get this job of forgiving us for our sins right the first time and
forever. The One who died at Calvary is the second Person of the
Trinity. John bears witness to this in
Revelation 5:1-12, when his heavenly vision had to shift from the first to the
second person in the Godhead when he noted Christ as Redeemer. He focused on 5:
1-5, John recorded in the Holy WORD,
Then I saw in the
right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on
the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with
a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no
one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to
look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to
open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep
no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has
conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
It is the eternal One whose head is bowed in
suffering and pain on Calvary's hill.
The One who dies at
Calvary is God HIMSELF!
God whom we serve is eternal, He was before time, He lives in time, and will be
when time is no more. We
confess that the Cross is beyond our mind’s capacity to explain it fully yet,
we bear witness to it with confidence and joy.
Jesus is the Lord of history! The slain
Lamb! WORTHY is the Lamb!
As our church family starts to move toward the vision that Yahweh has given us, we need to keep in mind the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us. For the past several months, “For the Cause of Christ” has been our sub-theme at Goodwin. However, we need to ask ourselves what was ‘the cause of Christ’.
Jesus Christ came to set men free and to deliver the good news of Yahweh. Therefore, if this was Christ’s Cause, then this should be our cause.
How do we set men free and how do we spread the good news? First, as Christians, we set men free by serving as examples, by word and deed, of what Christ stood for. We must be examples of selflessness, kindness, patience, mercy, grace, love, forgiveness, commitment to good, fighting against temptations and those things that are contrary to Christ’s cause, striving to live
a sinless life, and in all that we do, focusing on God the Father. We also set men free by sharing with them the teachings of Christ, his unconditional love for us and how he lived, and died for our sins.
Yahweh gave us commandments to live by and Christ taught us to love thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul. He also taught us to love thy neighbor as thy self.
Goodwin we are truly a church blessed to be a blessing and we should celebrate all the great and wonderful things we do. However, there is so much more we can do ‘for the cause of Christ’. It is time to come together with purpose and vision to use our gifts ‘for the cause of Christ’. It is time to anchor ourselves in the Word of God ‘for the cause of Christ’. It is time to go forth for the cause of Christ’ and invite your loved ones, friends and acquaintances to share in our study and worship experience so that they may be lifted up in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is time to get excited about the ‘cause of Christ’.
Pastor Jackson and First Lady Lisa