September 15, 2020

Disciplines for a Godly Life

One of my God-ordained goals is to see you (a fellow church member) grow into Christlikeness.[1] The Second London Baptist Confession of Faith summarizes the biblical teaching on the role of the pastor like this,

“The work of pastors being co...

September 8, 2020

Test the Spirits (Part 7)

We began examining the two temporal aspects of the antichrist last week. We observed the that that the antichrist is already in the world. He is referred to as the serpent, and we examined him particularly in the Garden of Eden.

John writes, “Th...

September 1, 2020

We have learned much from the aged apostle. Our world is fraught with false prophets, seeking to undermine the Word of God and His Messiah.

Our last post provided the how of testing.

In that post we learned that, for at least one type of test, the views of the prophet/te...

August 26, 2020

Last time we were together we discussed the why of John’s command to test the spirits. Believers are commanded to test the spirits, to use discernment. It is not optional. But we turn our attention now to the how of testing.

In 1 John 4:1, John offers the command to tes...

August 18, 2020

In previous posts, we began examining the aged apostle John’s command to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1). This is a command for believers to test individuals on their teachings and lifestyles.

There is a need for testing, as we noted last time. But before we dive into t...

July 27, 2020

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God…” (1 John 4:1, ESV)

After warning believers against a gullible approach to spirits (i.e., teachers), John then commands believers to test the spirits.

The word test is an interes...

July 14, 2020


In 1 John 4:1, John writes “Beloved, do not believe every spirit” (NASB). It is a prohibition. Just as individuals are called to believe on the name of the Lord (Rom. 10:9-10), believers are equally called to not believe every spirit. Believers...

July 7, 2020

I recently finished preaching through 1 John 4:1-6. In this portion of Scripture, John commands believers to test the spirits. Why is this important?

In our present day, we see that believers are gullible. We are easily deceived. Like the kid who, when told that the wor...

June 17, 2020

As we eagerly anticipate reopening, we realize this is a complicated situation. There are many reasons it is complicated. For one, there are a variety of opinions. Some feel that we should open immediately. Others, however, feel like we should remain outdoors until a v...

April 17, 2020

With the entrance of the coronavirus, and the accompanying chaos the quickly ensued, churches and believers all over the world were struck

with the difficulty of ministering amidst this pandemic.

In our own church, we have transition from limited services to sermons post...

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