1 John 4:1-3 Exploring NCV

Isaiah 55:11 The same thing is true of the words I speak. They will not return to me empty. They make the things happen that I want to happen, and they succeed in doing what I send them to do.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing people what is wrong in their lives, for correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right. 

Using the Scriptures, the person who serves God will be capable, having all that is needed to do every good work.

2 Peter 1-19-21 This makes us more sure about the message the prophets gave. It is good for you to follow closely what they said as you would follow a light shining in a dark place, until the day begins and the morning star rises in your hearts. 

Most of all, you must understand this: No prophecy in the Scriptures ever comes from the prophet’s own interpretation. 

No prophecy ever came from what a person wanted to say, but people led by the Holy Spirit spoke words from God.

How to hear and understand the Gospel 

The Lord Questions Job

Job 38:1-3 Then the Lord answered Job from the storm. He said:

“Who is this that makes my purpose unclear by saying things that are not true?
Be strong like a man! I will ask you questions, and you must answer me.

Job 40:6-7 Then the Lord spoke to Job from the storm:

“Be strong, like a man! I will ask you questions, and you must answer me.

Job 42:4-7  You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak. I will ask you questions, and you must answer me.’

My ears had heard of you before, but now my eyes have seen you.
So now I hate myself; I will change my heart and life. I will sit in the dust and ashes.”
End of the Story
After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not said what is right about me, as my servant Job did.

Romans 10:14-17 But before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in him; and before they can believe in him, they must hear about him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them; 

and before someone can go and tell them, that person must be sent. It is written, “How beautiful is the person who comes to bring good news.” 

But not all the Jews accepted the good news. Isaiah said, “Lord, who believed what we told them?” 

So faith comes from hearing the Good News, and people hear the Good News when someone tells them about Christ.

Acts 26:17-18 I will keep you safe from your own people and also from the others. I am sending you to them

to open their eyes so that they may turn away from darkness to the light, away from the power of Satan and to God. Then their sins can be forgiven, and they can have a place with those people who have been made holy by believing in me.’

Romans 15:4-7 Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. The Scriptures give us patience and encouragement so that we can have hope. 

May the patience and encouragement that come from God allow you to live in harmony with each other the way Christ Jesus wants. 

Then you will all be joined together, and you will give glory to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other, which will bring glory to God.

Here is Today’s Message

Warning Against False Teachers

1 John 4:1-3 My dear friends, many false prophets have gone out into the world. So do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God. 

This is how you can know God’s Spirit: Every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ came to earth as a human is from God. 

And every spirit who refuses to say this about Jesus is not from God. It is the spirit of the enemy of Christ, which you have heard is coming, and now he is already in the world.

Meetings Should Help the Church

1 Corinthians 14:26-33 So, brothers and sisters, what should you do? When you meet together, one person has a song, and another has a teaching. Another has a new truth from God. Another speaks in a different language, and another person interprets that language. The purpose of all these things should be to help the church grow strong. 

When you meet together, if anyone speaks in a different language, it should be only two, or not more than three, who speak. They should speak one after the other, and someone should interpret. 

But if there is no interpreter, then those who speak in a different language should be quiet in the church meeting. They should speak only to themselves and to God.

Only two or three prophets should speak, and the others should judge what they say. 
If a message from God comes to another person who is sitting, the first speaker should stop. 
You can all prophesy one after the other. In this way all the people can be taught and encouraged. 
The spirits of prophets are under the control of the prophets themselves. 
God is not a God of confusion but a God of peace. As is true in all the churches of God’s people, 
Gifts from the Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 12:1-3 Now, brothers and sisters, I want you to understand about spiritual gifts. 

You know the way you lived before you were believers. You let yourselves be influenced and led away to worship idols—things that could not speak. 

So I want you to understand that no one who is speaking with the help of God’s Spirit says, “Jesus be cursed.” And no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” without the help of the Holy Spirit.