Summary: The first letter of John was written to Christians to help them have joy, overcome sin, recognize false teachers, and to be assured of their eternal life. To do that, believers had to recognize the reality of Jesus and a relationship with Him.
Have you ever witnessed people who appeared to be pretenders in the Christian faith?
Their words don’t match what they say they say they believe
Maybe what they say they believe doesn’t match what the Bible says, yet they say they are Christians.
There are others who proclaim Christianity, but will not acknowledge the things the Bible teaches or says is true. They just make up their own beliefs as to right and wrong.
On the other hand, there are people who do acknowledge what the Bible says is true but fail to live in a loving way toward others in the light of that truth.
Well, these things that we see today are really not much different than some of the things the early church faced as well.
And thankfully, we have letters and writings that were inspired by God and recorded in the Bible to help us know how to live a Genuine Faith in truth and in love.
This is one of the reasons that the Apostle John wrote his letters, to counteract some of these things.
Beginning today we are going to be starting a new series for the summer called Genuine Faith and we are going to looking at a letter John wrote that we know as
In this letter, we find that John says we need to Get Real! about what we believe about Jesus and how we live our life in Him.
We are going to begin in 1 John 1, so you can turn there
But before we get in to today’s message, I want to give you a bit of background on this letter.
John was one of Jesus’ 12 apostles
Probably the last one to die, writing toward the end of the first century.
This letter was probably written 50 or so years after Jesus death and resurrection.
There were some false teachers that were trying to creep into the church that were affecting not only beliefs but also how people lived out their faith.
John, as one of the last living apostles, is writing to
refute these false teachings and
proclaim the truth of how true Christianity should be lived out.
In his letter he states specifically several purposes, but in actuality they are all related.
He tells us he has written to
Make our joy complete (1:4)
So that you will not sin (2:1)
So that you will be aware of “those who are trying to lead you astray.” (2:26)
So that you may know that you have eternal life (5:13)
While they seem like different purposes, they are related in that John recognizes joy in the Christian life can be hindered by false teachers and teachings that lead a person into sin. This can jeopardize their knowledge of their eternal life and rob them of the joy that the Christian life offers.
So John writes to believers to help them truly live a Genuine Faith.
Transition to sermon
Now, beginning in 1 John 1, John begins by expressing some core realities of Christianity in an effort for the Christians he is writing to, to live in a way that expresses those realities.
Living a true and authentic Christian life is what John is all about and it is what we should be all about.
So let’s begin and see what John says we need to Get Real about.