Man Up, the group just for men. Every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Church Centre.
Our next meeting is on Sunday, 11th February 2018 at 8 p.m. in the lounge at the St. John’s Church Centre with Matt Luff leading us. We will be continuing with the thirteenth and last in our series looking at John’s first letter. Our series title is:
“What makes Christians so different?”
In week 1 in this series the apostle John emphasised that his account of Jesus is as an eyewitness. His purpose in writing is to proclaim Jesus and encouraging the believers in their fellowship with the Father and the Son.
In week 2 we focused on light and darkness as well as considering some false teachings which John was keen to refute.
In week 3 looked at obedience, lifestyle and consistency and saw that obedience to Christ’s commands and brotherly love are great indications of the Holy Spirit’s work in our hearts as he causes us to be more and more like the Lord Jesus.
In week 4 we looked at words of warning from John. We saw that we must not love the world, that is society organised apart from God. John warned us about the lust of the flesh (our appetites); the lust of the eyes (appearances) and pride of life (boasting), which should be carefully avoided.
In week 5 we looked at what John has to teach us about believing in Jesus and being steadfast in that belief.
In week 6 we looked at what it means to be children of God. John sets out the privilege we have, as well as the responsibilities, since we are children of the living God, having been born again into new life.
In week 7 we looked at how we demonstrate love as God’s children and John got down to practicalities. He also tackled how we can be sure that we belong to Christ and came back to the three tests (obedience, brotherly love and belief in Christ).
In week 8 we looked at being spiritually discerning. We learned the believing that Jesus has come in the flesh is an important test for any teaching. Being certain about who Jesus is, acknowledging both his divinity and his humanity are critical. Any other views are likely to be those of false teachers.
In week 9 we looked at 1 John 4:7-21 where John explains what it means to say that God is love and he draws out the implications of this for each of us. The implications affect our behaviour (imitating Jesus) and our relationship with God (being in Jesus).
In week 10 we looked at 1 John 5:1-5 where John weaves together his three major themes of belief, obedience and love into one seamless whole. He shows us the connections between these as well as their origin.
In week 11 we looked at 1 John 5:6-12 where John looks carefully at the basis for our belief in Jesus as the Christ, God’s anointed king who came by water and blood, fully human. God himself has testified to Jesus, through the Holy Spirit. Accepting this testimony brings eternal life, rejecting it also has eternal consequences.
Last week we looked at 1 John 5:13-17 where John reassures his readers about their eternal life, if they are in Christ. He encourages great confidence in prayer and boldly states that God will grant us what we ask for in prayer, if we ask it according to his will. He goes on to apply this through the example of prayer for someone who commits a sin.
This week we will be looking at 1 John 5:18-21 where John concludes his letter by reminding us that sin should find no settled home in the life of a Christian. He also mentions the glorious rescue we have experienced, so that we can rightly call ourselves sons of God. Come and join the conversation at 8 p.m. on Sunday in the Church Centre.