Monday, April 20, 2009

1 John

Sunday we began a series on the book of 1 John. While short, this book is full of encouragement and challenge for those who are followers of Jesus. I love the opening words:

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched...

John wanted to share his amazing experience of Jesus. John, often referred to as the beloved disciple, was one of Jesus' closest friends. So when we read his words, we're not reading the thoughts of a theologian writing about someone from the past.

For John, Jesus was not a concept, or a spirit, or a theological topic. John is not discussing theology or philosophy on an intellectual level. For John, Jesus was real, physical, and personal. He is writing about someone he heard, someone he saw with his own eyes, someone he touched with his hands...

In John's Gospel we have a close, personal look at Jesus' life. In 1 John, we have this friend of Jesus telling Jesus' followers how they can live life in the way that Jesus intended.

We are going to spend the next couple months in this rich message--and are asking people to spend time in this book, and see how God leads them to interpret some of it's words or ideas or images in creative ways.

We invite you to jump in--write a song, draw a picture, compose some poetry, paint, sculpt, create something--and allow it to contribute to our worship.

Please join us Sundays at 5 PM for this journey through 1 John.

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