1 John

This series of messages is a verse by verse exposition of the book of 1 John by David Henke. These messages were preached during our Sunday Morning Adult Sunday School. Click here for more teaching by David Henke.

Certainties of Knowing the Truth (1 John 5:13-21)

Salvation provides any believer with a certain level of confidence that their faith is real. Being reminded of what those certainties are is the focus of this message. Knowing the truth provides confidence to confront any life situation a believer faces. John ends this book with a strong warning: “Guard yourself from idols.” What are idols, and why is it important to avoid them? An exposition of 1 John 5:13-21.

Three Witnesses of Jesus (1 John 5:6-12)

There is much division in the world and in the churches in Asia Minor. Why does this division exist, and how can believers live their lives in the midst of it all? To solidify the believer’s faith in Jesus, John provides evidence that He came in the flesh. We will be looking at three more witnesses to the truth that Jesus is God. These pieces of evidence will destroy the argument that the Gnostic false teachers are bringing into the churches. An exposition of 1 John 5:6-12.

New Life Overcomes the World (1 John 5:1-5)

The new birth is central to the Christian faith. In this lesson, we will discuss the new birth, and how it is that you become born of Him. Do you become born of Him because you made a decision or does God act first? We will discuss the evidence that proves you have been born of Him. For those that have the new birth, they will have victory over this world system. God is gracious and provides you with the faith to overcome all things. An exposition of 1 John 5:1-5.

Believers Assurance (1 John 4:13-21)

How do you know that you belong to Jesus? What does it mean to have the assurance that you are living your lives for Him? Assurance comes from the Holy Spirit who lives in the believer, but how do you know you have it? Whoever is willing to confess Christ before the world is the one who is assured of their faith in Him. Assurance breeds confidence and strength in your life. From that, you will never fear or worry about the day of judgment. An exposition of 1 John 4:13-21.

God’s Love Manifested In Us (1 John 4:7-12)

Love for one another is a significant focus in the book of 1 John. From 1 John 4:7 to 4:21, this is the longest section where John addresses our love for one another. This passage today will focus our attention on the source of love and how you are manifesting that love to the world. Love should increase more and more as you see the day drawing near when Christ will rule the nations. An exposition of 1 John 4:7-12.

Test the Spirits (1 John 4:1-6)

The book of John is written to warn against the false teaching that was infiltrating the churches in Asia Minor. The church is to be the defender of truth, and often times the attacks come from within. When that happens, how do we tell truth from error? What tests can we use to prove whether these teachers are from God or not? John gives us the answers in this passage.An exposition of 1 John 4:1-6.

God is Greater Than Our Heart (1 John 3:19-24)

Loving those in the body of Christ is proof that we have passed from death into life. Through this love, we have assurance in our hearts that we are children of God. But sometimes our hearts condemn us into thinking that our actions are not in line with the word of God. When that happens, God comforts us because He knows the motives of our hearts and all things. We are to be reminded that when we love others, it brings confidence and boldness to come to Him in prayer, knowing that our actions are true. The Spirit living inside of us provides further assurance that we abide in Him. For it is the one who keeps His commandments who abides in Him. An exposition of 1 John 3:19-24.

David Henke

David Henke


David Henke was born in Virginia, Minnesota. He grew up in the land of ten thousand lakes and developed a love for the outdoors. After graduating high school, David spent four years serving his country, in the United States Navy submarine fleet stationed out of Holy Loch Scotland. Once that adventure came to a close, he moved out to Nebraska to live with his sister Pamela and in 1988 he met his wife Victoria at a small church.

After meeting they moved to Idaho and wed in the fall of 1989. Together they raised five children: Hannah, Sarah, Luke, John, & Rachel. At twenty-seven years old, David became a believer. His true passion is in preaching and teaching the Word of God, he seeks to exhibit the traits of Christ in his life and further His ministry.

When you don’t find David studying, you will find him out bow hunting, hiking, golfing and spending time with his friends and family. David is grateful for the opportunity to share his passion for the word of God and further His ministry here on earth at Kootenai Community Church.


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