From Encounter to Transformation

Apr 14, 2024    Brock Tharpe

It is impossible to have an encounter with a holy God without being changed by it. We see it play out time and time again throughout the narrative of scripture. From Moses' encounter with God at the burning bush, to Isaiah's vision of Yahweh on his throne in the temple, to Paul's encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus; it is clear that when we encounter God's presence, we walk away differently.

In the second chapter of 1 John, the author of the letter speaks to the authenticity of our faith, making the bold claim that if we claim to know Jesus, but we do not walk in the way he did— if we have not been changed by an encounter with him— then we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. In this message, Brock breaks down the second chapter of 1 John, and teaches on what it means to have an authentic faith— how to keep an aroma of heaven about us, even through the changing seasons of life.