Authentic Christianity

An exposition (verse by verse study) of the book of 1 John

Really Loving One Another

April 29, 2012 | 1 John 3:11-24 | exposition

Pastor Gary Combs continues his exposition of 1 John entitled “Authentic Christianity.” This message from 1 John 3 is entitled “Really Loving One Another.” The apostle John taught that authentic Christians will really love one another because the love of Christ abides in them. We can display this mark of authentic Christianity by really loving one another as Christ has loved us. The text gives three proofs for knowing that the agape love of Christ abides in you.

Seeing the Family Resemblance

April 22, 2012 | 1 John 2:28-3:10 | exposition

Pastor Gary Combs continues the series entitled “Authentic Christianity: An Exposition of 1 John.” This message focuses on John’s emphasis of how true Christians will bear the divine family resemblance. John told believers that Authentic Christians are born again and bear the marks of their Heavenly Father, that they practice righteousness and purity, that they are marked by love and hope as they await the return of Christ.

Exposing Counterfeit Christianity

April 15, 2012 | 1 John 2 | exposition

Pastor Gary Combs continues the 7-sermon expositional series through the book of 1 John entitled “Authentic Christianity.” In the first epistle of John he told believers that they could be sure of their relationship with God and offered four tests that reveal authentic Christianity and expose those who are counterfeits. We can have this assurance in our relationship with Christ.

The Reality of the Resurrection

April 8, 2012 | 1 John 1 | easter, exposition

Pastor Gary Combs begins a new series entitled AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY– An Exposition of 1 John. This Easter Sunday message examines John’s eye-witness claims of Christ’s resurrection. In the first epistle of John he told the first-century believers that they could have confidence in the historical reality of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and of the message that Christ proclaimed. This is the message that John insisted one must believe in order to be an authentic Christian. We can believe in this message today.


This series contains practical advice on how to share your faith with confidence that it is God who empowers our witnessing.

Proclaim God’s Story

April 1, 2012 | John 4 | evangelism

Pastor Gary Combs concludes his sermon series, WITNESS, with this message entitled “Proclaim God’s Story.” In the book of John, Jesus took the time to talk to a Samaritan woman drawing water at Jacob’s well outside the city of Sychar. After he told her that he was the long awaited Messiah she immediately went back to her hometown to tell everyone her story. We can tell people in our hometown the story of how Jesus revealed himself to us.