A Growing Life - Rev. Dr. William Craig

How can we recognize true Christianity or be sure that we are genuine followers of Christ?  John's letter was written to help us recognize some clear signs of true Christian faith.  The fourth of these, from 1 John 2: 12-17, is "a growing life."  Listen to this message from my father, the Rev. Dr. William Craig who brings a lifetime of experience to the question of how to keep growing in Christ!  Click this link to download.

A Life of Authenticity

Jefferson Bethke, Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus
John’s letter was written to help us recognize some clear signs of true Christian faith.  The third of these from 1 John 2: 3-11, is a life of authenticity.  There never seems to be any difficulty identifying fake religion…but how to identify authentic religion – that’s the challenge.  John points us to the fruit of authentic faith (obedience to God's commands), the route of authentic faith (walking with Christ), and the heart of authentic faith (love for one another).  Click this link to download.

An Illuminated Life

How can we recognize true Christianity or be sure that we are authentic followers of Christ in the spiritual and religious maze that we live in? John’s letter was written to help us recognize some clear signs of genuine Christian faith.  The second of these “life signs” from 1 John 1:5-2:2 is an illuminated life. On my college ring are the words, “Let there be light,” the motto of the University of California.  These words are intended to point to the light of reason and human knowledge; but in actuality they are a citation from the Book of Genesis ch. 1, where it is revealed that God is the source of all light.  This is true enlightenment…to be illuminated by the light of God…the purifying light which speaks the truth about sin, leads us to the blessing of repentance, and restores our fellowship with him and others.  Click this link to download.

A Life Lived in Fellowship

We live in a time of declining trust in spiritual leaders, an era of disappointment with organized religion, when alternative creeds and philosophies abound, where many feel that “truth is in the eye of the beholder.”  In such a day, how can Christians be sure that their own spiritual experiences are genuine? In his letter, John gives us some clear signs of an authentically Christian faith that will also be compelling to others. 


The first of these “life signs” from 1 John 1:1-4 is a life lived in fellowship.  Now most professing Christians are pretty enthusiastic about “fellowship"  but what is the real basis for our fellowship?  What makes it any different from other social gatherings?  That is the subject of John’s opening verses, where he testifies that…(1) this fellowship broke into history… when the Word of Life appeared in the flesh; (2) this fellowship existed from eternity…with the Father and the Son and (3) this fellowship is a growing family… marked by joy.  Click this link to download.