Fellowship of the King

This past Sunday, I began a series called Living Life Together where we’ll be looking at the book of 1 John and how John encourages his congregations to live together in love.  I’ll be posting outlines on here the week after the sermon.
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Sermon:    Fellowship of the King
Scripture:  1 John 1:1-4

Background information on 1 John

  • written to John’s congregations in Turkey and around Ephesus
  • John’s congregation are facing a schism- unorthodox teaching has infiltrated the church
  • Mainly- teaching that denies the deity of Jesus Christ
  • John writes to remind the congregation that Jesus is God and about how to live and love one another.

John’s Authority:

  • John reminds his congregation that he spent significant time with Jesus- experiencing all that Jesus did in his ministry.  John had first hand knowledge.
  • The Word of Life that John speaks of is Jesus Christ- God in flesh who has “moved into the neighborhood.”

Jesus is the Reason:

  • John reminds his readers that Jesus is the reason for all he does. 
  • John proclaims salvation with authority.

Called to Community:

  • The reason John proclaims salvation through Jesus is so that all people might enter into fellowship with God and God’s church.
  • Fellowship means to “have something in common” such as a shared experience or labor.
  • As Christians, our common salvation through Jesus Christ is what binds us together.
  • That fellowship is never closed- like John, we are called to proclaim salvation so that others might enter into community with God through Jesus Christ.

About Steve LaMotte

Husband and father of three amazing children. Campus Minister of Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. Pastor at Hope United Methodist Church in Dover, Delaware. Elder in the Pen-Del Conference. Fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. Lover of music that makes hipsters cringe.
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