(Fall 2018 Sermon Series)
Do you want to know that you have eternal life and that your sins are forgiven? Do you want to know what is real, true and authentic? Do you want to know who Jesus is and why he came? Do you want to know how to fight sin and to continue in repentance and faith? Do you want to know what true friendship, fellowship and love for one-another is? Do you want to know that you belong, are known, accepted and loved? Do you want to know and love God? Do you want to know God loves you?
If your answer is yes to any or all of these questions, then the book of 1 John is a good one to read. Check out these verses where John explains why he wrote his first letter.
1 John 1:3-4 says, “that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”
1 John 2:1 says, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
1 John 2:12-14 says, “I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name's sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.”
1 John 2:21-22a says, "I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?”
1 John 2:26 says, “I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you.”
1 John 5:13 says “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.”
The Book of 1 John teaches us all about Jesus and how we can have eternal life through faith in Him. It shows us how the light of His gospel exposes our sin, reveals the greatness of His salvation and shows us the love of God as our Father. And it teaches us how to walk in love; loving God and loving others. This is why at Christ Community Church, we will be preaching through the book of 1 John this Fall. I believe these are questions we all ask ourselves from time to time, but they are also questions that many in our community ask on a regular basis. I am praying that by preaching through the book of 1 John this Fall, we will see new repentance from sins, new faith in the gospel of salvation, new love for Jesus, new assurance of the Father's love for his children, and new fellowship with one-another in the church.
Maybe these are things you need in your life as well? I would encourage you to read through the book of 1 John and ask the Lord to give you assurance of salvation through Jesus Christ alone. Ask Him to assure you that your sins are forgiven, and because of that, you can be honest about them, confess them and continue in Jesus through repentance and faith. Ask Him to assure you of the Heavenly Father’s love for you in Jesus. Ask Him to give you assurance that He is working in you to produce love for others. Join us sometime! Sundays @ 10:30am at Christ Community Church in Batesburg-Leesville, SC. We would love to have you visit! If you’re interested in this sermon series, our sermon recordings are also available on our website (ChristCommunityBL.com/sermons) and everywhere podcasts are available. If you want to know what the Gospel and how you can believe in Jesus, be saved from your sins and have eternal life; read more on that here.