Summary: Sermon Series on 1 John
Series: 1 John
Focus: An Overview of 1 John
BIG IDEA: “True Fellowship comes through the Word and of the Lord.”
INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK (Go Slow!):
• Explanation: Many Christians are accustomed to light, inspiring devotional material. We often get comfortable in “Our Daily Bread’s” or “15 minutes with God”. There is a stage in the life of an adult where we get comfortable in the “normal” life routines. While these resources and times with God can be good. We often loose the fellowship that we need more than ever.
• Illustration: 1 John is a small portion meal to be enjoyed slowly. The contents of the book are to be enjoyed not quickly consumed. We must chew on the contents with patience.
• Application: If the book is enjoyed slowly and applied in a daily context, the old “quick and easy” Bible study will seem like a one-dollar hamburger after a thirty-dollar filet mignon. Quick hamburgers are good but not on a steady diet.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” –Psalm 1:1-2
BOOK(S) BACKGROUND: John, the author of 1 John, is also the writer of the Gospel account titled “John”, the book of Revelation, and 1, 2, and 3 John. in his three writings John gives us as Christians a full picture of the Christian life.
PURPOSE: 1 John is writing to opposing three popular ways of thinking in his culture and time of His writing.
Thought #1: Heresy of Gnosticism
• Explanation: No other heresy threatened early Christianity more than Gnosticism. Reaching its height in the second century, Gnosticism had its origins at least a century earlier that was based on the Greek philosophers, with a its grounding in the teachings of Plato (420-350 BC). Gnostics had/have a dualistic view of reality, meaning the material world and the immaterial world were totally separate.
o The material (possessions) world is fundamentally evil.
o The immaterial (spiritual) world is fundamentally good.
o Creation of Evil: For the Gnostics, it was inconceivable that a good God could have created such an evil, material world.
• Isaiah 45:7 “I create light and darkness. I send good times and bad times. I am the Lord who does these things.”
• God is ultimately sovereign over his world. In accordance with his independent will, he can cause wars to cease and peace to prevail. He can bring disaster and judgment on nations. He is God who response to sin.
o Creation of Universe: They argued that a firework from God created the physical universe (Big Bang).
• Genesis 1 – Seven literal or seven figurative there is still a process to creation.
o Christ in Human Form: and could not believe that Jesus could have had a physical body but merely “appeared” to have a physical body.