Catch, Clean, & Cook Pt. 8 Advent – Keep Christ in Christians

Bible Verse:
I John 4: 13-18

James M. Moody

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Reading Schedule:



Proverbs Ch. 10; Psalm I John 4: 1-21

Proverbs Ch. 11; Exodus 3: 1-22



Proverbs Ch. 12; Hebrews 11: 1-19



Proverbs Ch. 13; Hebrews 11: 20-40



Proverbs Ch. 14; II John 1-12

Proverbs Ch. 15; Genesis 3: 1-12



Proverbs Ch. 16; Genesis 3: 13-24

I John 4: 13-18 – This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love (1). Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence (2) on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love (3). But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Advent is the season to refocus our energies to create margin and space for the life of Christ to dwell in and flow through us.  This is why Advent is so important. Our primary task is the creation of interior space for Christ to be born in us afresh. This is the most effective witness we have. Every Advent season we are invited to a mutual indwelling with God. We are invited to root our lives in Christ, and allow Christ to be rooted in us. This Advent season, as we anticipate Christmas, let’s keep Christ in Christians. (Rich Villodas)‎

What is Christ in Christians? God’s answer, “I want a relationship with you that is so close and so intimate that I live in you and you trust Me to guide your every decision.”


  1. Focused on God’s nature. GOD IS LOVE. Love is the nature of God. (Exodus 3: 1-14)

    1. principle # 1 – YOU’re often acquainted with MY acts, but not cognizant of MY nature.

    2. Moses was acquainted with God’s nature of God, (Exodus 3: 1-14)

      1. I am the God of your …” (v. 6)

      2. I have…seen the misery” (v. 7)

      3. I have heard them crying” (v. 7)

      4. I am concerned” (v. 7)

      5. I have come down” (v. 8)

      6. I am sending you” (v. 10)

      7. I am who I am.”

        1. I am the God of your fathers

        2. I am the God who sees you

        3. I am the God who hears you

        4. I am the God who is concerned for you

        5. I am the God who is present with you

        6. I am the God who is providing a deliver for you

        7. Don’t tell them a name. Tell them who I am!

    3. While Israel, who turned away from God was only acquainted with the acts of God.

      1. We say, “Trust is a set of expectations based on observed behavior.”

      2. BE. DO. HAVE.

      3. We see the acts of God – what God does, and must understand God’s acts reflect God’s nature (being).

  2. have confidence God is a rewarder – TOOLS NOT RULES; The nature of God is love!

    1. PRINCIPLE # 2 – Every decision is a setup from ME for YOU to be rewarded.

    2. “…He is a rewarded of those…” Hebrews 11: 6

  3. no fear in love Our choices established in the nature of God are reflected in our thinking.

    1. PRINCIPLE # 3 – Every response YOU have is based either in love or in fear.

    2. I John 4: 16 & 18 – And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.  18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

      1. How do I know if I’m operating in love or in fear?

      2. Genesis 3: 4-10 – He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

        1. Nothing to prove. “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.

        2. Nothing to lose. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. 

        3. Nothing to hide. 10“I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

    3. You can’t have love without choice. You can’t have choice without options. You can’t have options without freedom. So God grants us the freedom to choose God. 

    4. Every choice we make produces love for God and others or fear. 


  1. Address the matter of sin and how it separates us from: 

    1. God’s plan for our lives – Gen. 2:25; 3:7

    2. God’s presence in our lives (manifest, not omni) – Gen. 3:8-10

    3. God’s partner for our lives – Gen. 3:12

    4. God’s provision for our lives – Gen 3:17-19

    5. But never from God’s love

Five-fold Mission of the Church

  1. MAGNIFY – We express our love for God through praise and by obeying His Commands.

  2. MISSION – We seize every opportunity to demonstrate Christ by witnessing to others by word and deed.

  3. MEMBERSHIP – We encourage all to belong to God’s eternal family through fellowship with Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

  4. MATURITY – We study to grow more Christ-like in our thoughts, words, and deeds.

  5. MINISTRY – We demonstrate God’s love by meeting the needs and healing the hurts of others.

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