1 JOHN

THE WAY OF GREAT MEN

“Good is the enemy of great.” So starts Jim Collins Best Selling book on how people can take a good company and make it a great company.  Realistically there are very few truly great companies.  As realistically, there are very few truly great men.  America it seems is not intent on developing truly great men anymore.  Yet Jesus Christ invested His earthly life in building men who He would use to change the world.  Great men; men the world did not deserve.  Jesus, the Lord of the Church and the Lord of all is still building great men and in our expositional study of I John we will see how modern men, today’s disciples can cooperate with Him in building them into men they never envisioned they could be!  Join us and invite a friend!

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SERIES ARCHIVE

First Things First

Part 1 in 1 John Series

“Good is the enemy of great.” So starts Jim Collins’ Best Selling book on how people can take a good company and make it a great company.  Realistically there are very few truly greatcompanies.  As realistically, there are very few truly great men.  America it seems is not intent on developing truly great men. Yet Jesus Christ invested His earthly life in building men who He would use to change the world.  Great men; men the world did not deserve.  Jesus, the Lord of the Church and the Lord of all is still building great men and in our expositional study of I John over the next several weeks we will see how modern men, today’s disciples, can cooperate with Him in building them into men they never envisioned they could be!  Join us and invite a friend!

This week our focus is I John 1:1-10

A Man's Walk With God

Part 2 in 1 John Series

How close are we to God, really?  Last week we saw in I John that we men become great by staying in proximity with greatness and no one is greater than Jesus.  This week as we study I John 1:5-2:2 we’re going to see that God is greater than we ever thought and that brings up some of the issues in being close to God-what John calls being in fellowship.  So this week we’re going to uncover how a man can walk with God, and the difference it will make.  Join us!

Tests For Assurance

Part 3 in 1 John Series

“You Christians talk the talk but you don’t walk the walk!”  some of our critics say.  Sometimes they’re right and a lot of times we can literally agree with them.  Since we aren’t perfect and sometimes sin big, we even question if we’re really “in fellowship” or “know” God at all.  So, can we know for sure that we’re Christians?  The answer is yes, and your Father wants you to know that you are!  That’s our focus for this week.

I love humanity…it’s people I can’t stand!

Part 4 in 1 John Series

I don’t know who said it, but it’s often the case that we guys who follow Christ really do want to be God’s men and love people like He loves people.  Easier said than done!  Yet how we love people is one of the tests of whether we’re Christ-followers or not.  So hang on to your hat and let’s talk about how we men can love better, by the grace of God. this week.

The Truth Test

Part 5 in 1 John Series

Discipleship is development in greatness.  That’s just a fact.  When men are transformed by Jesus Christ they develop a conscious assurance of their salvation and an unconscious greatness that the Lord uses to advance His Kingdom and further promote His glory.  This week the Apostle John teaches us how we can have assurance of salvation by applying the test of truth, and how we can have assurance that teachers in the church can be trusted.

The Moral Test Revisited

Part 6 in 1 John Series

Why be good?  Why should a Christian man change his behavior just because he is forgiven of his sins?  Doesn’t the grace of God mean it doesn’t really matter how I live? We’re going to talk about all of these things-again, because the Apostle John knows how imperative it is that we get this issue clear in our minds.  And when we do it strengths our assurance as God’s forever sons.

LOVING YOUR WAY TO GREATNESS

Part 7 in 1 John Series

“I know I’m supposed to be loving!”  John has already taught us the truth that Christians are to love other Christians ( I Jn.2:7-11).  Easier said than done and John knows it.  So the Great Apostle who struggled to be loving in his earlier life gives us men practical guidelines for how to love others well-it’s the way to greatness and flourishing for every Christian.

A NON CONDEMNING HEART

Part 8 in 1 John Series

“Don’t should on me!”  Sometimes it seems people are always trying to get us to conform to their idea of what life should be and how life ought to be done!  Oughts and Shoulds seem constant…and…condemning.  But what if the condemning is coming from yourself and to yourself?  How do you deal with self-condemnation?  The Apostle John deals with that joy stealer in what we’re going to talk about this week!  The Way of Great Men series continues with A Non-Condemning Heart.   Come and get freer than you thought possible!

The Discerning Christian Man

Part 9 in 1 John Series

“I read it on the internet therefore I know it’s true” the speaker joked as he told a story.  Ah-but he raised a great issue:  what should Christian men do with the proclamations of truth they hear every day from voices all around him?  It seems every one speaks with authority so who do you believe?  We’re going to talk about this week at FORGE- it’s called discernment!

Loving Your Way to Greatness-Revisited

Part 10 in 1 John Series

For the 3 rd time John circles back and talks about love and how crucial it is that we Christian men learn to love well. Each time he talks about love, John, the former “Son of Thunder”, teaches us what he had to learn the hard way about love, so we wouldn’t have to learn to love the hard way! Join us, and grow in greatness as God defines greatness.

Confidence & Winning

Part 11 in 1 John Series

If those aren’t two high priority targets for men there aren’t any! We strive every day to have the confidence to get out there and make the wins necessary to consider ourselves successful men. It turns out that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has a lot to say about that and so that’s what we’re talking about this week at FORGE!

5 Marks of Greatness!

Part 12 in 1 John Series

Great men are needed now!  We live in an unraveling age in America at the beginning of the 21st Century.  The hope for the world has always been Jesus Christ and the men He builds.  As we conclude our study through the New Testament letter of  I John we will talk about the 5 Marks of Greatness!  Don’t miss it!

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