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.
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 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.