Dear Ones, Be Discerning
In his first letter the Apostle John is writing to those he loves, and he is laboring in love to persuade them to reject the false claims of pre-Gnostic heretics. This morning we continue our series called “Love, John.” Today, Adult Discipleship Pastor Jason Scott brings the message from 1 John 4:1-6, 'Dear Ones, Be Discerning.' — The Whole Community Whole in Christ. This is the vision of Chapel Rock Christian Church, led by Pastor Casey Scott, based in Indianapolis, Indiana. — For past messages, visit: For the online bulletin + connection card, visit: For more resources, visit: To donate, please visit:
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Chapel Rock ladies and friends are invited to pray over submitted prayer requests each Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in WC 113. For more information, contact Dee Rice at 317-241-2478.

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Have you lost a pair of glasses or left a jacket behind? All lost and found items will be displayed in the Foyer on Sundays, June 19 and 26. Stop by to collect items belonging to you. All leftover items will either be donated or disposed of.

Our Sympathies to:
Phyllis Caldwell, upon the death of her father, Dudley Riley, and also Carrie Majors (grandchild) and Riley and Jonathan Grimes (great-grandchildren).

The family of Jan Loveless upon her death.

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If you picked up a baby bottle, please return it to the designated area in the Foyer or to the church office no later than next Sunday, June 19. Bottles may also be returned to the church office during regular office hours.

Make Waves!
This summer our preschoolers are learning they can Make Waves to change the world with the fruits of the Spirit. On Sundays, June 26 and July 24, families of preschoolers will meet at the splash pad in Williams Park (940 S. Locust Street in Brownsburg) at 4 p.m. to show off their skills of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If you have questions, please contact Sherry Schwab in the Chapel Rock office at 317-247-9739.

Homeless Camp Ministry
On the first Tuesday of each month a group from Chapel Rock meets here at 5 p.m. to go downtown and minister to the homeless camps in Indianapolis. If this is a ministry you feel called to, you are welcome to join them! If you need additional information, please contact Bill Sanford at 317-730-1518. This ministry also depends on the generosity of our congregation to provide the necessities the homeless need. During the warm summer months, the items requested are body bug repellant, shampoo, deodorant, towels, wash cloths, and bottled water. At any time of year they could use AA and AAA batteries, small flashlights, baby wipes, toilet paper, blankets, and jar candles. Please place donated items in the DropZone bin located in the Foyer.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Donations
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Chapel Rock’s Vision:
To See the Whole Community
Whole in Christ

Jason Scott
Adult Discipleship Pastor

Series: Love, John
Sermon: “Dear Ones, Be Discerning”
> 1 John 4:1-6
We need to practice discernment when it comes to Jesus, because misunderstandings will lead us astray and draw us further away from the real Jesus and what He truly says and teaches us. And misunderstanding disrupts our mission to bring wholeness into the world, or even carry out the wrong mission.

Today we will answer the question why we need discernment, how we are to practice discernment, and what we are to do.

Today’s Big Idea
The more you listen to Jesus, the more discerning you’ll be.
1) Why?
We need discernment because of the mission of false messages and messengers.
> 1 John 4:1

Spirits (def.): persons, but also the influence behind the person and their message, whether it is from the Holy Spirit speaking truth through a person, or a spiritual influence of falsehood (4:6), that works against Christ, called the spirit of the antichrist.

Discernment (def.): verb, meaning “to make a critical examination of something; to determine genuineness; put to the test; examine.

John’s reason for teaching discernment is that many false prophets have gone out into the world. The role of the prophet had a purpose and criteria. Prophets in the Old Testament represented God before the people and was God’s mouthpiece to turn His people back to Him so they would not be led astray.

False prophets and teachers still existed over 1,000 years later in John’s day, and even today.

> 2 Peter 1:20-2:3
(see below)

The role of the prophet had criteria: a) Agree with previous revelation; b) No speaking on behalf of other gods or follow after them; c) Not presuming to speak anything God does not command.

> Jeremiah 23:16-17; 21-22
(see below)
2) How? We practice discernment by examining what they SAY and their SOURCE.
> 1 John 4:2-3; 5-6

Just like a journalist who might get the scoop on a breaking story, we need to check what they say and the source for their credibility. We are not talking about doctrinal differences here. We are talking the foundations of faith, the essentials.

A prophet’s confession, what they say, will reveal their alliance for or against Christ.

The word “acknowledge” is used in the NIV as a public declaration, but in other translations they use the word “confession” to capture the idea of a profession of allegiance. Those who confess that Jesus Christ did indeed come in the flesh reveals they are from God.

> Romans 10:9-10
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

Those who cannot confess that Jesus Christ did indeed come in the flesh are not from God, not only that, but against Jesus. This is apparent when he speaks of the antichrist.

John was addressing the heresy of Gnosticism or Docetism. Docetism claimed that Jesus only appeared to have a real body that was not real. Cerenthian Gnosticism taught that the Christ spirit came on the man Jesus, the son of Joseph and Mary, at His baptism and empowered His ministry, but left Him before His crucifixion.

The source will reveal their alliance for or against God. The source will reveal if it is from God, through His Holy Spirit, moving through people, communicating the Truth in His Word. Or, the motivating force creating false narratives, lies, and deceiving people away from the Truth.
3) What? Overcome
> 1 John 4:4

The reason they have overcome is because God is greater than Satan.

God gave them victory over the false messages, false messengers, and false christs by their discernment.

And the tools He gave them were:
+ The Word of God (2:14c)
+ The Spirit of God that helps us keep His Word (3:24)
+ The family of God (repeated use of beloved, fathers, and calling them dear children: 4:4a)
+ Jesus Christ who came in the flesh to make it all possible through his life, death, and resurrection.
What can you do to be more discerning?
1. Read God’s Word: Read Scripture App
2. Discern who you are listening to, and their message.
3. Know what you believe: Real Life Theology Series, Chapel Rock Statement of Faith.
4. Be in community: join a group or class