Most Christians struggle with assurance. The Psalmist aptly noted, “I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.” Grace is hard to believe, especially when applied to our own lives. Assurance can be elusive. We look for it in mountain-top experiences or powerful feelings. But it is found in the common places of the Christian life; avoiding sin, pursuing righteousness, practicing fellowship and loving one another. All things that are the fruit of grace, not it’s root. Grace produces gratitude. Gratitude fuels sanctification. And sanctification brings conformity to the image of Christ. And this family resemblance forms the foundation of solid assurance.
Are you struggling with assurance? Where will you find it? John warns us against morbid introspection, encouraging us instead to look to the reality of Christ and the mundane realities of the Christian life – walking in fellowship, fleeing from sin, practicing righteousness, and loving one another. Join us we examine 1 John 2:28-3:10 and consider how a family resemblance to Jesus gives us much needed assurance of faith.