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Lesson 5: Help for Sinners (1 John 2:1-2)

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The Apostle John was able to speak affectionately toward the churches addressed while also dealing very directly with an issue as serious as sin. The people to whom he wrote were his “little children,” who needed to understand that propitiation for their sin (even sin that they would yet commit) had been accomplished through Christ. How were they, and how should saints today, respond to such a message from this seasoned apostle? Pastor Daniel calls listeners to deeper rest in Jesus: “I can trust Christ to completely deal with my sin.” Understanding that, according to John, everyone will continue to sin, he provides three truths to remember when sin has been committed. 1) I don’t want to sin. 2) Christ is advocating for me and has dealt completely with my sin. 3) Others need me to tell them about the salvation found in Christ alone.

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

Related Topics: Hamartiology (Sin), Soteriology (Salvation)

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