MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
“that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”
1 John 1:3-4 (ESV)
GETTING STARTED WITH GOD: CULTURE PROOF
Steven Wiltshire, who has been called “the human camera,” has the amazing ability to recall tiny details about anything he has seen and then reproduce them in drawings. For example, after Steven was flown over the city of Rome, he was asked to draw the city center on blank paper. Astonishingly, he accurately reproduced from memory the winding streets, the buildings, the windows, and other details.
Wiltshire’s memory is remarkable. Yet there’s another kind of memory that’s even more amazing—and much more vital. Before Jesus’ return to heaven, He promised His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit to give them supernatural memory of what they had experienced: “The Helper, the Holy Spirit … will … bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26). (Dennis Fisher)
1 John, along with the rest of Scripture, is a record of some of those divinely inspired core foundational truths that every Christian needs to hear. 1 John is a book about life: A life of assurance of fellowship with God, a life of fellowship with other believers, and a life full of joy. The Bible is not just any ordinary book. Every word of the bible was inspired by God and can be trusted to lead us to God and His ways.
On Sunday Mike talked about the confusion and doubt that culture can sometimes bring into the minds of Christians about truth. Have you struggled to believe at times because of the things said by outside influences? Ask God to use this series to bring assurance and clarity to your faith. Ask God to help you understand the truths of the Bible and to apply them to your daily life.