Do you remember last year when I posted about going to a Christian women’s conference? It was so good that I bought my tickets for the next year (aka this year) in advance. Well, the 2018 Sparrow Conference was a few weekends ago and just like last year, it was SO GOOD! I went with two friends and we just had a great time together. The speakers this year (quite a few of them were also speakers last year) were amazing and I filled up my little notebook with so many good little nuggets of biblical truth.
This year it was held at the Music Hall at Fair Park so that more people could attend. The lobby was decorated so well, there were lots of opportunities to purchase books and candles and earrings and things like that, and there was even a super fun photo area!!
All of the (again, incredible!!) speakers led us through the book of 1 John, and I got so many great things out of it- SO MANY- and I wanted to share a few of the things I learned/took away from the weekend! (Just remember that this is all coming from going over 1 John, for context.)
The goal is to experience fellowship with God so we can have fellowship with others.
God made something good. We messed it up. Jesus made it right. One day God will make all things new.
Abiding is a choice. It’s loving Jesus beyond anything else so that is the place we want to be.
If we abide in Christ and not in the world, we will love as God loves. But you can’t abide in both places at the same time- you can’t be bitter, withholding, and unkind AND be nestled in Jesus.
If we abide in Christ, our life patterns will change. We cannot keep in a pattern of sin and also keep in a pattern of loving Christ.
You repeat the actions that matter most to you. God isn’t calling us to be perfect followers of Christ, but to be practicing followers of Christ.
When you’re living a life abiding with God, He will give you the desires of your heart because your desires begin to be His desires for you.
God hears you. He is not a distracted father. He is present and interested and we can have a fellowship with Him.
God’s commands are not burdensome- they are an extension of his good character. Sin IS burdensome, oppressive, and worrisome.