Thursday, October 30, 2008

November's Preaching - 1 John

For the next four weeks I'll be preaching from 1 John. The text for this week is chapter one in its entirety:
We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:1-10 NRSV)
Why 1 John in the remaining weeks prior to Advent?

One reason is admittedly selfish: I have not yet had the opportunity to preach on this epistle.

But the far superior reason is that John beautifully lays out the essential importance of the Incarnation - the Word made flesh - and joy we have in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus on the cross - His saving work.

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