Sermon = The beginning and ongoing gospel (1 John 1)

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Sermon = The Beginning and Ongoing Gospel
Text = 1 John 1
Sunday = 2nd Sunday in Eastertide (B)

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  • *** Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
  • What just happened? Who is Jesus?
  • What did he accomplish?
  • Do we understand? And do we believe it?
  • And now what?
  • 1 John provides a basic Christian gospel rooted in witness of Holy Scripture
  • Although the writer also provides a distinct emphasis
  • Takes us to beginning to unfold the person and work of Christ in new ways
  • And echoes the beginning of the gospel of John
  • In the beginning was the Word
  • With God and was God
  • In him was life
  • The light of men
  • Reading has three parts
  • (1) Who is Jesus?
  • (2) The work of Jesus
  • (3) How the saving work of Christ continues to shape Christian life

  • *** (1) 1 John takes us back to beginning of what church proclaims
    • Who is Jesus?
    • emphasizes the human physicality of Jesus
    • What we heard + saw + touched
    • Yes Jesus is God the Word
    • Jesus is fully God and fully human
    • Deny or give up one or the other
    • Distorts the gospel
    • Gospel of John and 1 John understand we who come later did not hear + see + touch Jesus ourselves
    • We are like Thomas
    • Believers whom God inspired to write 1 John say
    • Trust us. We saw this. We experienced this. We hand this to you. You can rely upon this.
    • Tradition => wisdom of experience handed down to us
    • Regarding the Word of Life
    • Word = Jesus Word of God
    • Also word = gospel message

 

  • *** (2) The work of Christ
    • What Jesus accomplishes
    • 1 John unfolds this a little more
    • So you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and the Son Jesus Christ
    • Purpose of tradition
    • And of the gospel
    • Is koinonia
    • Fellowship or better “communion”
    • Relationship Jesus shares with the Father and the Holy Spirit
    • The communion that binds the persons of God the Trinity
    • We share in – we participate in that relationship
    • We share in the very life of God
    • The work of Jesus Christ
    • Incarnation + death + resurrection is so that we will have communion
    • With God and with one another
    • So that your (or our) joy will be complete
    • *** Work of Jesus produces communion
    • When we experience that communion there is joy
    • Can include happiness but is deeper
    • Something we can experience during difficult times
    • Deep satisfaction of the kingdom of God
    • No longer alienated from God because of the disease of sin
    • Christ gave his life in order to heal that broken relationship
    • And cleanse us from sin
    • Heal us from that disease that leads to sins
    • We are becoming even more what God created us to be
    • Walking as he created us to walk
    • In communion with Jesus and each other there is joy
    • True goal of human existence
    • Life of eternal quality
  • *** (3) The ongoing results of what Jesus did and why
    • How his saving work continues to shape life of Christian believers
    • Have been troubled and challenged
    • This is the message. That God is light. There is no darkness in him.
    • Okay no problem so far
    • If we say we have communion with him
    • And walk in darkness we do not practice the truth
    • Christians have wrestled with this for centuries
    • Two truths in tension
    • First – sin is a reality
      • We cannot avoid or deny
      • If we say we have no sin
    • Second – Jesus demands perfection
      • Be perfect – or be complete – as your heavenly Father is perfect
      • If we walk in darkness
    • John Wesley taught and preached what some call Christian perfection
    • Although be careful how we explain that
    • It is possible in Christ to do what Jesus commands
    • Perhaps like Zeno’s paradox
    • Always reaching the goal
    • And not quite arriving
    • Maybe
    • 1 John 1 challenges us to practice this paradox
    • We are saved
    • *** And we are being saved
    • We are in the process of becoming saints
    • Greatest saints in Christian history
    • Were most aware of sin
    • In its small and subtle forms
    • This Scripture gives us something concrete
    • If we confess
    • Then he who is righteous and just will forgive and cleanse
    • Part of the process of being saved
    • Of walking in a way we believe what we proclaim
    • Examination
    • Confession
    • Alone and yes sometimes with at least one other
    • Every day or every week
    • We do this every month
    • Confession of sin
    • *** And pronouncing the forgiveness of God
    • Is regular of regular life and worship of Christian church
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