Three tests to know if you are a child of God

One of the clearest and most magnificent ways God demonstrates his love is by bringing undeserving people into his family and calling them his children:

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are! (1 John 3:1)

But how can we know if we are children of God? There are many people who may consider themselves to be children of God, but are they correct in their self-assessment?

St. John wrote to correct a faulty view within the churches of his day that led many to claim they were children of God but in fact were not. He offers three tests for his readers to help them to determine whether they are God’s children or not.

According to John, the life of a child of God is characterised by:

  1. Love not hate
  2. Integrity not hypocrisy
  3. Truth not error

Main text: 1 John 3:11-4:6

The Principle, Practise and Power of Gospel Fellowship

The first message in our series Behold What Love by David Varney

The letter of First John can be understood as a study of the Christian concept of love. Love, according to John, originates in God himself – it is part of who he is. Our love is to be a reflection of God’s character.

For John, love is more than a philosophical concept. It has shape and definition. It finds its expression in real relationship – with God himself and consequently with one another.

Our first message focuses on one application of the love of God – found in gospel fellowship. Here we see that it is impossible to claim to know God and yet live life in moral and sociological darkness. John gives us the reason why this is the case and takes us to the source and power for real relationship and community found in gospel fellowship.

Main points:

  • Principle of Gospel Fellowship
  • Practise of Gospel Fellowship
  • Power for Gospel Fellowship

Bible text: 1 John 1:1-10.