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Delivered March 28, 2010 | Cleveland, OH | MetroAlliance Church

The Bible's SAT: 1 John 4:1-6

The importance of applying spiritual authenticity tests to our experiences

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Happy Palm Sunday!

Okay, I know the photo doesn’t really have anything to do with Palm Sunday, but it is a nice, happy, warm and fuzzy photo. Kind of like what the beach at Edgewater Park looks like in the summer. Right? Oh, we can wish!

I’m sure they have palm trees in the parks in, say, Sacramento.

All that glitters is not gold

Speaking of Sacramento…there was a story reported from there just this week, that, as soon as I start telling you about it, because you all are pretty street smart, you’re probably going to see what’s coming fairly quickly.

Anyway, a woman, we’ll call Vicky Victim, while shopping in Sacramento, was approached by another woman, we’ll call Sally Scammer.

Sally told Vicky that she was from Mexico and that a relative was sick and needed money for hospital bills. While the two women were chatting a man approached, who we’ll call Sam Scammer, and asked Vicky if she'd like to help out by buying a bar of gold at a reduced price.

Vicky agreed and then withdrew money from her bank.

Later, after giving Sam and Sally the money, Vicky went to a jewelry store. You know the end of this, story, right?

Vicky Victim discovered that the item was not gold.

Ouch! Didn’t see that coming!

I’m sure none of us would ever fall victim to such an obvious scam.

Or would we?

All we need is love

There’s a popular song that, in a nice warm and fuzzy way, glorifies an adulterous relationship and declares, “If loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right.”

Another well known warm and fuzzy “love” song states, “Me and Mrs. Jones, We got a thing going on, We both know that it's wrong, But it's much too strong to let it go now.”

Both of these songs express worldviews that place emotions and feelings above rational thought and choice. They definitely are counter to Scripture. Essentially they express the common view that we hear all the time: Being happy is the most important thing in life.

How many times have you heard a parent express about a child who is exploring a “non-traditional lifestyle” or some questionable behavior, say, “I just want them to be happy.”

How many times have you said or thought about your own behavior or choices, “This is what makes me happy, and that’s all that matters.”

Basically what you’re saying is, “This makes me feel good.” Feeling good is the goal, the aspiration, the idol, if you will.

When we get caught up in this way of thinking, which is really just all about feeling, we are, for all intents and purposes, hedonists. Hedonism is a way of life that believes that pleasure is the only thing that has intrinsic value.

However, we know that seeking one’s happiness above all else is very selfish, and sinful.

When Vicky Victim happily forked over her cash for what she thought were gold bars, her motivation wasn’t altruism: it was greed. She probably thought she was going to make out big time in the deal.

Many people who have chosen their own happiness over responsibility, morality, ethics, or integrity, have left behind them a huge wake of pain, suffering, and damage inflicted on others around them who have to live with the consequences of adultery, divorce, addiction, lying, deceit, theft, murder, rape, seduction, pedophilia, drunken driving, cheating, and on and on. Things that made someone feel good.

Feeling good is all that matters

An article in a recent issue of Christianity Today states, “Our culture does this with all religions…It boils them down to one basic principle: Do what makes you feel good about yourself, and preferably in 10 minutes or less. As religious consumers, we warp every tradition by subjecting it to our needs….In the final analysis, core Christian beliefs, even those about Jesus, have to feel authentic or they are discarded.”

Love and happiness, that’s all you need, so we often think. And believe. Wrong!

True faith knows suffering

True faith knows suffering. What we need, as Christians is discernment, wisdom, sound biblical doctrine! Even Jesus said in John 16:33, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (NLT)

Note that Jesus wasn’t saying that we are to be the cause of many trials and sorrows from pursuing happiness at all costs. Rather, He’s saying, as His follower, there will be unhappy times and this is okay. Happiness is not a good measure of faithfulness, spiritual maturity, or whether or not you are in God’s will.
Yet, the world cries out loudly, “Just be happy!”

Over the past several weeks, as we’ve looked at 1 John, we’ve heard a lot of nice warm and fuzzy stuff about love and loving, forgiveness of sins, eternal life, the joy of fellowship, and a lot of really “feel good” topics. But we’ve also heard some tough stuff on the consequences of pursuing sin, the discipline of being obedient to the Word, avoiding the world and its charms, and to being on guard against antichrists.

So, how can we test ideas and philosophies and truisms, and all of the myriad messages we are bombarded with daily to determine if they are in tune with biblical truth? Or if they’re spiritual scams?

We need to look at the source, past the person or group delivering the message, and determine the spirit behind the message.

Spirit Authenticity Test (SAT)

Today we’re going to learn how to do this by looking at 1 John 4:1-6 which covers the Bible’s version of the SAT, or the “Spirit Authenticity Test.” Take a second to enjoy that graphic; I put a bit of time into that.

Review & context

But first, a little review and some context.

Some of the general themes of 1 John already touched on in the preceding chapters and messages include these:

  • Walk together in the fellowship of the light

  • Avoid sin at all costs, but know that there is forgiveness for sin

  • God’s love is made complete in those who love him

  • Do not love the world which is under the control of Satan

  • Beware of antichrists; those who have left the fellowship

  • The anointing you received is real, not counterfeit

  • God’s love is lavish and hope in him purifies us

  • Love fellow Christians sacrificially in both word and deed

  • We are to take care of each other

So, why did John write this book and to whom? What is it really about? Let’s let John answer that question.

In several verses, John tells us his motivation for writing the book, the intended audiences, as well as indicating some of the desired outcomes he’s hoping for after the book has been read:

  • 1:4 “We write this to make our joy complete.”

  • 2:1 “I write this to you so that you will not sin.”

  • 2:7 “I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. 2:8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.”

  • 2:12 “I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.”

  • 2:13 “I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.”

  • “I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.”

  • “I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father.”

  • 2:14 Again, “I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.”

  • “I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.”

He sums it all up finally in 5:13

  • “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”

In verse 2:21 he gives his readers a high compliment by letting them know he’s not writing to them because he thinks they are ignorant, and reassures them that they do, indeed, know truth, and reminds them that lies and truth don’t go together:

  • "I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth."

The about

Then in verse 2:26, John gives the “about” of the book:

  • "I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray."

The overarching central theme of the entire book is Christ: who he is, what he has done, what he is doing, how he relates to us. John assures his readers that Christ was fully God and fully man, came in the flesh to earth, died on the cross, and rose again. Because of these absolute truths, we can be assured of our salvation through Christ. And therefore, discern those who are trying to lead us astray.

Getting down to motive

And then at the end of Chapter 3, in verse 24, that sets up the passage we’re going to look at more closely, John writes: “And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he [God] gave us.” Note the capital S in Spirit.

Hmmm. Spirit.

John is now entering that spooky part of faith that can stir up a whole lot of stuff, namely confusion: the realm of the spiritual.

I mean, all that other stuff about avoiding sin and loving each other is just a tad more tangible in that we can easily measure how well we’re doing by, well, looking at what we’re doing.

We are either avoiding or not avoiding sin. Or we’re either loving or not loving each other. It’s not computational semiotics!

Sorry, I just wanted to avoid saying it’s not rocket science. I’m not even sure what computational semiotics is; it just sounded cool.

But this stuff about spirits and being spiritual; well, this takes us into another dimension. To paraphrase Rod Serling, “It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of the spiritual, an area, that for many, is not altogether unlike the Twilight Zone.”

… Okay, not really

Maybe that’s a little over the top because the topic as John addresses it is not really that weird.
But this is what this book is about as John stated in verse 2: 26, “I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.” With the implication that they are trying to lead astray in the spiritual realm of truth.

Okay, you’re probably thinking to yourself something like, “Wait a minute. We’ve already been told in previous sermons that the trouble makers were those naughty Gnostics. I don’t remember what a Gnostic is, but I do know they were people, not spirits.”

The Gnostic pneuma

You would be more or less right. Let’s look at Gnosticism a bit and see how they hold up to the Spirit Authenticity Test.

BTW: In the Greek, the word for spirit is pneuma, which means, literally, breath, which is essential to life.
Gnosticism, in a nutshell, said that matter is bad and the non-material (spirit) is good. This led to a few errors in thinking such as the physical body is entirely evil, salvation requires an escape from the body, the body needs to be treated harshly, anything done by the body has no impact on the spiritual condition of the person, and so on.

These errors in thinking led to wrong conclusions about who Christ was: Gnostics did not believe that he was fully God and fully man since an entirely good spirit could not inhabit an entirely evil body. Essentially, they denied the humanity of Christ which, basically, invalidates Christ’s redemptive work on the cross and pretty much all of the Bible.

These errors in thinking also led to wrong, screwy behavior: They believed that it was necessary to literally beat their bodies into submission; kind of like that albino guy in “The Da Vinci Code.”

But also, oddly, the flip side of this was believing that whatever was done in the evil body broke no moral law and therefore they could indulge in all manner of misbehaving without suffering spiritual or moral consequences. Happiness above all else.

That’s the short form on Gnosticism. There are a lot more twists and turns we could examine, but you get the basic idea.
Gnosticism presented an interesting intellectual argument that had some nice-sounding, warm and fuzzy, seemingly happy elements to it, but that was, at its core, entirely ungodly. It was anti-Christ. Similar in some ways to hedonism.

1 John 4:1-6

Hold those thoughts and let’s look at the entire passage describing this Spirit Authenticity Test; it’s on page 1209 in the NIV pew Bibles:

1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

Getting inspired (aka in-spirited)

John R. W. Stott writes in a commentary on 1 John 4:1-6, “The background of these verses, as of 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, is a situation in which supernatural phenomena such as ‘prophecy’ and ‘tongues’ were prevalent. Simple souls were (and still are) so impressed by such manifestations as to be dazzled by them. The present tense of ‘believe not every spirit’ indicates that John’s readers were tending to accept uncritically all teaching that seemed to be given under inspiration.”

Today, when an “inspirational” message is delivered with excitement and enthusiasm, especially by some well known or charismatic personality, even if the content is a blatant lie, many will take it in as absolute truth. It’s especially effective when what’s being imparted is claimed to be “secret” or “ancient” or “special” knowledge – available for a limited time only to “insiders” – who are willing to pay $29.95 plus shipping and handling. Or something along those lines.

So, based on the context of the entire book of 1 John, we can form a picture of what was going on. People who had been part of the church got sucked into this “special truth” of Gnosticism. They left the church, but were still trying to “lead astray” those they left behind.

We all have known or know people like this. They’ve stumbled upon some feel-good “real truth,” or some super-energizing “secret” fruit drink, and just have to convince you to follow them in their new found “secret” knowledge that is, for the moment, filling their lives with happiness.

Maybe these people in John’s day who had left the church were having Amway-like Gnostic parties. You know, they invited their old friends over for “coffee,” and then started trying to sell them. They brought out the DVDs and books and glossy brochures. They were excited and enthusiastic. They told how inspiring their Gnostic rallies in the big stadium were, and how magnetic and inspiring the speakers were.

It all sounded so good and fun and happy, the old friends decided, “What could it hurt to go to one of these rallies and see for ourselves?” And it was exciting and sounded reasonable, felt really good, and everyone seemed to be normal and living their best life now; maybe this was a better truth than what they had heard. They just wanted to be happy.

That was Gnosticism then, today we are surrounded with the same kind of false teachings. They exist in other religions as Juri has pointed out in an earlier message.

But false prophets also abound in popular culture, evidenced in such things as The Secret, the books of Eckhart Tolle, the twisted spirituality of Oprah Winfrey, the power of positive thinking, channeling, the Law of Attraction, Wicca, and on and on. There are also false prophets claiming to be Christian who are very popular speakers and writers.

Oh, if there were only some way to test every teaching to see if it were really true or not! A test that would yield a result we could all agree with! A test that didn’t focus on the person or group, but rather, zeroed in on the spirit behind who they are and what they are saying.

Oh, wait, that’s what John is giving us!

Let’s break this Spirit Authenticity Test down.

We have an obligation to test

John makes it clear that we, as Christians, have a right and responsibility to test among the various spirits behind the messages of both true and false prophets. It’s practically a command to apply the Spirit Authenticity Test:

1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Many voices, many spirits

Stott says, “Still today there are many voices clamoring for our attention, and many cults gaining widespread popular support. Some of them claim special revelation or inspiration to authenticate their particular doctrine. There is an urgent need for discernment among Christians.”

Note: John, Stott or the apostle, is not telling us to “confront” these spirits, but to test or discern. This test is not about the person presenting the teaching, or even assessing their character; it’s about determining the source of/or spirit behind their message. It’s a test that seeks to confirm or deny the validity of the content of the message.

We are to strip away the personality, the hoopla, and all the feel-good trappings, and test to see if the message is true or false.

Avoid gullibility

I like how Stott puts it: “Neither Christian faith nor Christian love is indiscriminate. In particular, Christian faith is not to be mistaken for credulity.” What does this mean? Simply put, it means we aren’t supposed to be gullible; that as Christians we are not to tolerate untruth, but to discriminate against it.

These two words, tolerance and discrimination, are loaded terms because how some have worked at skewing and narrowing their meanings for their political purposes. But we all practice intolerance and discrimination every day, and this is not a bad thing, depending upon the context.

How many of you will not tolerate buying cleaning products that are not green? How many of you will discriminate against a certain brand of coffee if it is not clearly free trade? I know some of you are totally intolerant of and very discriminatory against high fructose corn syrup.

Some go even further by looking at the ethical behaviors exhibited by the companies behind the products and services they buy.

You probably are passionate in your choices. That’s cool. These are acceptable forms of intolerance and discrimination, and you are making your choices based on the truth you know and testing the products you buy against this knowledge.

If we are so willing to test the “spirits” behind the products and services we pay for, we should be even more diligent when it comes to testing the spirits behind the “truth” we take into our heads and hearts, and that animates our behaviors. The consequences of not are far more damaging than buying a non-green product, or wearing fur.

By the way, behind every movie, movement, TV show, book, organization, newspaper article, cartoon, and song is a worldview energized by a spirit that needs to be tested.

So, applying the Spirit Authenticity Test to discern the spirits behind the messages we hear, in church or out of church, is not optional. And we have a method for testing.

We have a method for testing

John explains what this Spirit Authenticity Test is in very simple terms:

2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

What did the Gnostics do?

  • They denied that Jesus Christ came in the flesh and did not acknowledge him as the Son of God.
    Therefore, the simple result of the Spirit Authenticity Test in this case is; Gnosticism bad; Christianity good. Discard Gnosticism.

Again, it’s not computational semiotics.

FYI: Acknowledging Christ

In other translations, instead of acknowledge, the word used is confess, which means “to acknowledge belief or faith in,” and is closer to the original meaning. It carries the implication of not merely saying intellectually, as do the demons, “Oh, yeah, that’s Jesus.”

But rather confessing faith in by saying, “That’s the Jesus in whom I believe and know that He is from God and came as His Son in the flesh.”

In other words, it places Christ (the fully biblical Christ) at the center of the message. Anyone who teaches anything that moves Christ away from the center of their message, and moves their message away from being fully biblical, is suspect.

The circle of truth

It can be illustrated like this. Imagine the content of the message you are testing is inside what is called, The Circle of Truth.

You can even think of the circle as a target with a bull’s-eye in the middle. Or, as depicted here, a heart, as in “the heart of the matter.” Use whatever image or metaphor works best for you.

The point is that as long as Christ remains at the center of the Circle of Truth and anything that is not Christ (antichrist) remains entirely outside the circle, the message (or spirit) should be good.

If something else moves into the circle and/or Christ moves away from the center, then it’s, “Danger, Will Robinson!” The message is moving away from truth into error.

If something else has supplanted Christ within the circle, the truth being taught is actually a lie, and the spirit behind it is the spirit of the antichrist.

Note: Green is good. Yellow is danger. Red is bad. This yellow isn’t meant to be “blown through” like a yellow light. It means you need to stop and evaluate what’s going on. We want to avoid being in either the yellow or red zones!

I’ve included the Bible as part of the test formula because the best way to determine if a spirit is truly professing the true Christ is to measure the message against Scripture. Unlike with the Gnostics, often you will encounter messages where there is no mention made of Christ. Or, there may even be some positive sounding affirmation that, “Jesus is just alright with me.”

But if you dig deeply enough, and apply a little biblical logic, you will get to a point where it becomes clear that the true, biblical Jesus is either pointedly not affirmed or is ultimately denied.

Oprah: Just don't say Jesus

A former pastor had some Christian friends who, several years ago, experienced an event in their life that they truly deemed a miracle from the Lord. It was such a notable event, they were invited to share about it on the Oprah Winfrey Show. They shared with my pastor that, when they arrived for their appearance, they were instructed in no uncertain terms to not mention Jesus or Christ. They could, however, say God.

In every other venue where they had shared about this event, they had freely acknowledged and confessed Jesus as the source of the miracle and the One in Whom they put their hope. But not on Oprah.
They were told that if they mentioned Jesus or Christ or the Lord, even once, the show would never air. Period.

While this was not a case of Christ being denied, it is clearly a case of Christ not being affirmed, and, given all we know about Oprah, it’s safe to state that the spirit behind what Oprah allows to be communicated on her show is not from God. It is a spirit of antichrist.

Anything that contradicts any part of Scripture is not about the true Christ, even if the name of Jesus, or any other god-words, is being used. And anything that cannot be supported by Scripture, and especially if it depends on any kind of “special” prophecy, “secret” knowledge, or “new” revelation, is suspect and should be rejected.

Speak plainly

In 2 Corinthians 4:2, Paul states: “Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.”

Keeping Christ central to any message is the easiest way to set “forth the truth plainly.” Any message that doesn’t keep Christ central is suspect.

So, testing is not optional, we have a method for testing, and we also have a reason to test.

We have a reason to test

John now explains why it’s important to test the spirits:

4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

Darkness & light don't mix

To better understand what John is getting at we need to go back to the beginning of the book.
1:5-7: This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

Darkness and light cannot mix.

All good or not good

Either we are all in with Christ or we are not. Or as Stott says, “So behind every prophet is a spirit, and behind each spirit is either God or the devil.” The spirit behind a message is either all good or not good.

No yoking around

There’s no yoking around, either! 1 Corinthians 6:14 states, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”

In chapter 2 of 2nd Peter, the whole chapter is about false prophets and you really should take a look at it later today. Other passages to look at related to false prophets include 1 Thessalonians 5, Matthew 7, and  Timothy 4. (These are all listed on the back of your insert.)

Again, John is not saying to confront these people, but to discern the message so that we are not taken in by it. We are not to get into confrontational skirmishes with people who believe wrongly. John warns us that they won’t listen to us: “We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.”

Are you listening?

By the way, verse 6 also points out how to tell if what we are sharing is Christ-centered and biblically sound: We’re good if fellow believers listen to us; we’re off-center if they don’t.

Pulling it all together

So what are we supposed to do? Here are four steps:

  • First, apply the Spirit Authenticity Test to discern the spirit behind the message and determine if it is grounded in Christ and Scripture.

  • Second, if the spirit is anti-Christ, reject and expose the message. Ephesians 5:17 states, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” Paul says “expose” but not “confront.”

  • Third, show respect to the person sharing the message, and if you’re in a position to do so, gently share with them the Gospel as the Holy Spirit leads, pointing out what you see are errors in what they’re sharing based on your understanding of Scripture, but don’t get into an argument.

  • Fourth, pay attention to how fellow believers react to you when you share truth to determine if they are listening to you or not. This is to ensure you are not being contaminated by the messages of the false prophets and antichrists all around you.

Practicing the truth...

Relativism is a prevalent worldview that denies absolute truth. Truth and morality become a matter of perspective or personal opinion and varies from individual to individual. Mark Chan, writing in Christianity Today, points out a possible way to open a door to sharing with someone who holds to a relativist point of view by sharing this observation:

“By insisting that there is no such thing as universal truth, except the universal truth that there is no such thing as universal truth, relativism is as absolutist as the claim that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life….Relativists may insist on the absence of universal truth, but they instinctively assume the reality of it.”

Knowing this can provide an entry point for a friendly, non-confrontational discussion. love

So how do we deal with a relativist? In love. We recognize the liar behind the lie they are believing, and then, Chan writes, “We cannot provide warmth to a cold relativism, but we can wrap a blanket around a shivering relativist….Christians are called to love rather than tolerate people, and in so doing to mirror God’s love for all people.”

We can apply this model to all of our dealings with those who are caught up in wrong thinking, misguided beliefs, and sinful lifestyles. We can love the person without tolerating the lie.

Centered in Christ

John Stott sums up 1 John 4:1-6 very well by stating, “The Person of Christ is central. No system can be tolerated, however loud its claims or learned its adherents, if it denies [or refuses to affirm] that Jesus is the Christ come in the flesh, that is, if it denies either His eternal deity or His historical humanity. Its teachers are false prophets and its origin is the spirit of the antichrist.”

CMA Mission

By the way, the Christian & Missionary Alliance checks out okay using the Spirit Authenticity Test, as seen in the mission statement:

"We desire to know Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King and to complete His Great Commission. The Alliance will fulfill His Commission through

  • Incorporating people into Christ-centered, community-focused congregations.”

As you go out this week, apply God’s SAT – Spirit Authenticity Testing – to all of the messages you encounter, rejecting the false prophets. But exhibit the love and grace of Jesus Christ to those who are voicing those messages, even when they are being sourced by the spirit of antichrist.

If you’re here today and don’t know the joy of being in Christ and would like to become better acquainted with the Way, the Truth, and the Life, on the back of your bulletin, there’s a little write-up titled, “How do I unite with God?” It will give you some guidance on how to go about making a commitment to Jesus.

Or, perhaps the Holy Spirit is nudging you in regards to some of the messages you’ve taken into your life that may have cluttered your head and heart, clouding your faith in Christ.

In either case, if you’d like prayer or just to talk with someone, Juri, the elders, and other members here will be happy to spend some time with you. Just make your need known; don’t be shy.

Also, in September, the Truth Jam will be coming around, where you can explore in more detail the lies people believe, the power of Truth, and how you can begin to live truly free. I highly recommend that you participate in this and other Jams.


In the meantime, if you are in Christ, this week, go, test and be blessed, in Him who is in you, Who is greater than he who is in the world, and Who has overcome the world!

He is risen!










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