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A Divine Invitation

02/06/2011  A Divine Invitation:  1 John 1:1-4

welcomeEveryone likes to be invited. We all long to belong. What would you say if God had given you a divine invitation to take a walk with him? The first epistle of John or First John as it is called is just such an invitation. Johns says to his readers, “We write this so that you may have fellowship with us.” (1 John 1:4 ).

Later in this short letter John is even more specific when he says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” (5:13). The reason John wrote this divine invitation was to give his past, present and future readers a confidence that having been born again, eternal life is yours.

John spoke out to the Gnostic thought of his day to oppose the idea that God had come in the flesh. John, with great conviction sets forth a solid declaration that he knows what he saw! He heard, saw, observed and touched the Word of Life. God had indeed come in the flesh! We can with John make such a bold statement. John shares with us four principles that apply to us today if we are to share in his experience and in the fellowship that he invites us to. If we are to have true fellowship with God and with others we must 1) hear the words of Christ; 2) See Christ at work in us; 3) look at or observe Christ at work in us and around us and; 4) physically be together with others who love Him and worship Him.

  • How often do you spend time in the Word listening to the Word of God?
  • Do you see Him at work?
  • When was the last time that you took time to be still and genuinely thought about or processed what it means to know Jesus Christ?
  • How often do you get together with others who love and worship Jesus Christ? Do you spend time with other Christians more than just on Sundays?

 I want to be able to say like John did, “My fellowship, partnership, relationship with Jesus is so sweet – will you share it with me?”

 Over the next number of weeks as we embark on our new study of First John our hope as your pastors is that you will accept the divine invitation and that your knowledge and fellowship with God will be nurtured and challenged. We desire for Emmanuel to will grow in righteousness and purity and brotherly love and as John testifies and proclaims, that our faith in Jesus as God in the flesh will be strengthened.

 May we say with John, “I know what I saw.”

 

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