It is important to understand the culture and identity of who we are as a church. At Living Hope Family Church in Marana, we are a people who pray. Prayer is a privilege based upon a relationship. It's also a tremendous responsibility but its foundation is the promises of God and the accessibility of His "very present help in time of need."
It is important to understand the culture and identity of who we are as a church. At Living Hope Family Church in Marana, we believe the gifts of the Spirit are still for today. The filling or baptism of the Spirit is subsequent to salvation, is available to every believer, and the gifts should be used in an orderly manner.
It is important to understand the culture and identity of who we are as a church. At Living Hope Family Church in Marana, we believe God alone is worthy of our worship. The natural response of a changed and renewed people is to worship and there is power and breakthrough in worship. When we acknowledge who God is it should cause us to respond appropriately, with an attitude of awe, respect and thanks. He seeks a closer relationship with us and we'll experience a greater sense of His presence when our attention is on Him.
John ends this general letter reminding us of the same reason he wrote the Gospel account. Namely, that we can know without a doubt that we who believe in Jesus have eternal life. Because of that fact we can be completely confident that praying according to the known will of God results in answered prayer. He concludes by admonishing us to keep away from idols.
The apostle John primarily writes about two topics in these passages. The first is primarily on faith and how it is interconnected with love. To have real faith, you will love God and love others. And to have real love for God, you will follow His commandments. And the second has to deal with the testimony and witness for the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Namely that God Himself has testified to it, and as a result, if we reject His testimony, we call Him a liar.