Christ at the Center of Confidence: 1 John 4:13-21

Our faith does not depend upon our love for God, but upon the real-world demonstration through the cross of His love for us. Mere belief in this knowledge is our entrance into the world of perfect love, where God’s love outlasts, outshines, and outlives our imperfections. It is His love for us which is the cause which results in our love for Him and for others. This is a sermon from Bread and Wine Fellowship by pastor Jim McNeely, given on August 17, 2014.

We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:16-19

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Podcast 5: All About Communion

Our faith does not depend upon our love for God, but upon the real-world demonstration through the cross of His love for us. Mere belief in this knowledge is our entrance into the world of perfect love, where God’s love outlasts, outshines, and outlives our imperfections. It is His love for us which is the cause which results in our love for Him and for others. This is a sermon from Bread and Wine Fellowship by pastor Jim McNeely, given on August 17, 2014.

We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:16-19

podcast 4: A Conversation About Lordship Salvation

Dax Swanson is a graduate of Princeton University, doctor, medical missionary to Africa, and former student body president at John MacArthur’s Master’s Seminary, and is now pastor of Grace Church Bellingham. He counts it all rubbish with Jim McNeely as he discusses his amazing journey out of Lordship Salvation to become a gospel-centered radical grace advocate. Find Dax at practicalgrace.org or www.gracebellingham.org.

podcast 3: The power of confession and grace in community (1John 1)

Relationship and intimate community is impossible without the blood of Jesus at the center. Either judgment and lying and pretense govern our relationships, or grace rules our relationships. Jesus’ blood makes confession and truth possible, and opens the door to true fellowship. A message on 1 John chapter 1.

Mockingbird Spring 2013 Message

We live and breathe and have supernatural abilities to judge the actions of others (Romans 1:18,19; 2:14,15). We are even better at judging ourselves than others, because we have first hand knowledge of ourselves. Our judgments and criticisms of each other are not generally wrong; they are generally spot on. If the judgment and wrath and criticisms we bear against one another cannot be truly forgiven, we are trapped in our irritations and angers with each other, and we must put forward an acceptable but false persona just to carry on. Forgiveness cannot really be given with a cheap word or thought; God forgives at the cost of the blood of His only precious Son.

So, either wrath and judgment govern our relationships, or the grace of Jesus Christ at the cost of His blood govern our relationships. Once we enter the community of the genuinely forgiven, love truly governs us together. This audio message from the Spring Mockingbird conference in NYC delves deeply into these truths:

The material in this talk was drawn from the following blog posts:

http://thereforenow.com/2013/02/1-john-319-24-the-single-commandment-belief-and-love/
http://thereforenow.com/2013/03/take-the-red-pill/
http://thereforenow.com/2013/03/reflections-on-the-wrath-of-god/
http://thereforenow.com/2013/03/love-in-the-land-of-wrath/

Also, the talk draws heavily from Chapter 8 of the Romance of Grace; you should buy it and read it! Hint hint!

Buy Romance of Grace.

For more great material from the conference, visit Mockingbird’s page with all the audio posted, and donate some money to them for giving all of this away for free:

http://www.mbird.com/2013/04/2013-nyc-conference-recordings-good-news-that-never-gets-old/