Summary: This sermon deals with a great deal of background information on 1st, 2nd and 3rd John. The application is two fold: 1. Have you experienced Jesus? 2. Have you shared that experience with those around you?

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TEXT: 1st John 1:1

TITLE: Introduction to John

SERIES: Letters from John

TOPIC: Evangelism

OCCASION: Burnside Christian Church, November 7, 2010

PROP.: Sharing Jesus based on my experiences.

INTRODUCTION: Good morning and welcome! Today we start a NEW SERIES! We are going to be studying the books of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John.

I want to start this series off in kind of a strange way. I want to talk about our church name. BURNSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. It’s a pretty straightforward name, is it not? I mean, it’s not fancy. It’s not creative. But I’m ok with that! I hope you are too! Because there is no confusion about our identity. I’ll explain what I mean.

Let’s first talk about

BURNSIDE: Burnside gives the location. That doesn’t mean much to people who don’t live in Hancock county. Most people will get a confused look and say - BURNSIDE? And what I’ve come to realize is that when I talk to people who don’t live in Illinois (like at a convention or something), when they ask: “Where are you at?” and I say, “Burnside, Illinois.” Their next question is: “How close to Chicago are you?” As if Chicago is the only city in Illinois. So Burnside talks about the location.

Let’s talk about

CHURCH: The word church in the first century when Jesus first uttered the word, wasn’t a religious word. It simply meant GATHERING or ASSEMBLY or MEETING. So when people would have “church” in the first century, they were basically just meeting together. And when they met they could talk about a bunch of different stuff.

In our communities, they have church to discuss school business - it’s called school board meeting. They have church to watch the chargers play - it’s called football. But that’s not why we’ve gathered together to meet.

Notice what kind of meeting or gathering we are to have:

CHRISTIAN: That term CHRISTIAN is very descriptive. It’s a Biblical term. Did you know that?

Acts 11:26 - the followers of Jesus Christ in Antioch were called CHRISTIANS.

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“…Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.”

Christian describes what the gathering is all about. It describes WHY we meet together. We are the gathering who meet for the purpose of all things relating to Jesus! We love Jesus. We teach Jesus. We worship Jesus. We remember Jesus. In case you haven’t noticed, we are a little obsessed with Jesus! And maybe if you’re new here, you’re like: “I wonder what’s their infatuation with Jesus?”

Let me answer this question if I may. I am not sure if you are aware or not, but I have a sin problem. In fact, so do you. The Bible makes it clear that we all have a problem with sin! (Romans 3:23) We do bad stuff - all the time!

And this sin was such a problem for me that I didn’t know what to do with it! It was weighing me down with guilt. It was making my life a mess! And then I found out that Jesus SPECIALIZES in taking care of sin problems! (Romans 6:23)

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