John’s primary PURPOSE is that believers will enter and maintain fellowship with God, with the RESULT of inner joy.
His secondary PURPOSE is to give believers ASSURANCE of their salvation, with the RESULT that they will continue to live by faith.

 “That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that our joy may be full … These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may [continue to] believe in the name of the Son of God.” 1Jo 1:3-4; 1Jo 5:13 (emphasis added)

This compilation of notes represents the truths found in the Epistle of First John.

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Gene Cunningham - February 7, 2003

The Transforming Power of Abiding in Christ #1

1st John - The Transforming Power of Abiding in Christ - Northern VA 2007

Three major discourses in the Bible: Sermon on the Mount—aimed at discipleship of believers at the time of Christ (Mat 5-7); Olivet Discourse—aimed at discipleship of believers during tribulation (Mat 24-25); Upper Room Discourse—aimed at discipleship of believers during the Church Age (Joh 13-17). Themes in 1 John: potential of fellowship; presence of the conflict; power for cleansing; primary commandment (love); provision of the Holy Spirit; power of God's Word.


Conference notes for this series can be found [HERE

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This series details John's description of our being 'in Him' - abiding in Christ. This contrasts Paul's use of the phrase expressing positional truth. The key verse is 1Jo 2:6 'He who says he abides in Him ought to walk just as He walked.' The series opens many truths in 1st John while covering the entire epistle.

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