“How Can I Know I Am a Christian?”: Sermons on 1 John

A Precious Sermon Series Gleaned From Thabiti Anyabwile’s TGC blog.
(Thabiti) Brother pastor, I wonder if your experience is like my own? I generally receive a satisfied, happy, “I finished something” feeling after I complete a sermon series on a book of the Bible.  Sometimes the book has been such medicine and help to my own soul that I’m not only excited to preach it, but I’m also sometimes sad it’s over. So there’s this interesting blend of a sense of satisfaction and a lingering desire to continue.
I felt that way following our series on 1 John which we completed last week. The Lord seemed to help, challenge and bless our congregation as we let God speak to us through the very frank words of the apostle John. First John challenges the nominal while assuring the believer. I borrowed some wisdom from Mike McKinley by using his four categories of people (fully assured, falsely assured, doubting believers, and conscious unbeliever) as a framework for application throughout the series and used the lives of some well-known apostates as an introduction to a number of the sermons.  I had fun teaching this series.
For any interested, here are the sermons from our “How Can I Know I Am a Christian?” series. I pray they bless:
The Nature and Opportunity of Nominal Christianity (overview of 1 John)
Receive the Word (1 John 1:1-4)
Walk in Light (1 John 1:5-2:2)
Obey His Commands (1 John 2:3-6)
Love Your Brother (1 John 2:7-14)
Love the Father (1 John 2:15-17)
Remain in Christ (1 John 2:18-27)
Purify Yourself with Hope (1 John 2:28-3:3)
Do What Is Right (1 John 3:4-10)
Love in Action and Truth (1 John 3:11-18)
Test the Spirits (1 John 4:1-6)
Live in Love (1 John 4:7-21)
Overcome the World (1 John 5:1-5)
Believe God (1 John 5:6-12)
Keep from Sin and Idols (1 John 5:13-21)