Yes indeed, Jesus is a personal Savior! But, not by our choice of Him but by Father's individual choice of each of the elect and His special work on the cross for each one of them.
1st John Series • 11. Be Your Own Fact Checker – 1st John 4:1-6 Part 1 In Chapter 4, the Apostle John sounds another warning to God’s people to be aware of and avoid the false doctrines of the world. John tells us to put everything we hear “on trial” by comparing it to the word of God. When we do this we can have assurance that we are standing in the truth and have peace and joy despite the fact we are surrounded by wickedness and hate in the world.
We can overcome fears. We can overcome distractions. We can overcome pride. We can overcome distractions and detractors. We can come to Jesus because He has given us the faith to do so.
When trials come, let us remember the "faith of a dog," and stay at the feet of Jesus as long as we need Him.
At first glance, some might think that in this passage Jesus is fed up with fighting against the Pharisees and joins in their overtly racist attitudes towards anyone that is not a Jew. Let me assure, that is not the case.
God will set the entire record straight. Until then, we should not be surprised when people who hate God spew hatred toward us.
1st John Series • 10. Perceive – 1st John 3:10-24 - Part 2 Today's message concludes the sermon titled "Perceive." Elder Bryce begins in 1st John 3:18 showing us the John teaches the best way to understand that God dwells in us is to follow the Holy Spirit in us. When we love others as Christ loves us, we can better perceive that we are safe in the finished work of Christ. This message was preached on March 7, 2021.
Most of us do not want to admit how horrible we truly are. We want to be in control of our destiny. The problem is we would choose wrong every time if not for God's mercy acting on us.
We should remember that He is the Sovereign King. Therefore, we should seek to do things the way our King declares we should!
If we ever are tempted to worship God simply for what we get from it, we should take a closer look at the Pharisees to see that this is not only selfish it produces vain worship.