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Abide: Intimacy with God in the Letters of John

How can we truly know God? And how can we be sure that it’s the God of the Bible that we truly know? These are some of the questions the apostle John will answer for us in his three letters.

It’s not uncommon for the Christian life to be marked by seasons of quiet restlessness in our relationship with God. Sometimes the busyness of our daily routine robs our time with God and spoils our sense of intimacy. Sometimes our sin and shame build a wall between us. Sometimes unmet expectations throw us off, leaving us disenchanted and suspicious. Other times we’re not sure what happened, but our relationship with God feels distant, unsettled, superficial, disconnected, or dry.

But no matter how distant we feel or how disenchanted we are, no one can escape this longing for intimacy. But what does real intimacy look like?

This is the question that 1–3 John will answer for us, with its invitation to abide in God—to make our home in him. And as we’ll see, intimacy with God is neither checking out of this world nor indulging in it. It is Christ-centered, holy, and produces obedience. It’s not some vague or mystical spirituality, but a relationship with the Son that is grounded in the Scriptures. It’s not even about escaping the world for heaven, but overcoming the world by faith. Intimacy with God is resting in the perfect love of God, and reflecting that love to others.

Wherever you are in your journey, the letters of John invite us to come home to God. Abide with him—make your home in him and find the only intimacy that can satisfy our restless hearts.

May 22, 2016

Fellowship in the Truth

Speaker: Brandon Levering Series: Abide: Intimacy with God in the Letters of John Passage: 3 John 1:1–1:15

May 15, 2016

Anchored in the Truth

Speaker: Brandon Levering Series: Abide: Intimacy with God in the Letters of John Passage: 2 John 1:1–1:13

May 1, 2016

Confidence in Action

Speaker: Brandon Levering Series: Abide: Intimacy with God in the Letters of John Passage: 1 John 5:13–5:21

April 24, 2016

Faith to Overcome

Speaker: Brandon Levering Series: Abide: Intimacy with God in the Letters of John Passage: 1 John 5:1–5:12

April 17, 2016

Perfect Love

Speaker: Brandon Levering Series: Abide: Intimacy with God in the Letters of John Passage: 1 John 4:7–4:21

April 10, 2016

Consider the Source

Speaker: Brandon Levering Series: Abide: Intimacy with God in the Letters of John Passage: 1 John 4:1–4:6

February 28, 2016

Love Works

Speaker: Brandon Levering Series: Abide: Intimacy with God in the Letters of John Passage: 1 John 3:11–3:24

February 21, 2016

True Children of God

Speaker: Brandon Levering Series: Abide: Intimacy with God in the Letters of John Passage: 1 John 2:28–3:10

February 14, 2016

Don't Be Deceived

Speaker: Brandon Levering Series: Abide: Intimacy with God in the Letters of John Passage: 1 John 2:18–2:27

January 31, 2016

Love What Lasts

Speaker: Brandon Levering Series: Abide: Intimacy with God in the Letters of John Passage: 1 John 2:12–2:17

January 24, 2016

Abiding in Christ

Speaker: Brandon Levering Series: Abide: Intimacy with God in the Letters of John Passage: 1 John 2:1–2:11

January 17, 2016

Walking in the Light

Speaker: Brandon Levering Series: Abide: Intimacy with God in the Letters of John Passage: 1 John 1:5–1:10

January 10, 2016

Real Fellowship

Speaker: Brandon Levering Series: Abide: Intimacy with God in the Letters of John Passage: 1 John 1:1–1:4