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Assurance in uncertain times

How do you feel about standing out against the crowd?

Jon Reeves | 15:33, 12 Jun 2022

Assurance in uncertain timesThere will be a small percentage of us that don't mind, they are the people who say 'Only dead fish go with the flow'. However, most of us find it unsettling to stand out against the crowd and be in the minority. But it can be even more unsettling when some within the minority move away. The letter of 1 John is addressed to people like us who live in a time when Christianity was in the minority, which was unsettling in its self, but even more so when people within the same church decided to move away from the Apostolic teaching.

Sadly, those that had left the church were claiming:

  • to have power over sin that those left behind didn't have
  • to have knowledge of God that those left behind didn't received
  • to have victory over evil that those left behind didn't have

This was extremely unsettling for the church and inevitably some of them were wondering whether they should have listen to them and left too.

This is what makes this letter such a contemporary letter because in the world of celebrity preachers and the pressure to compromise the gospel in our culture, makes it incredibly hard to stand firm as the minority. John the writer of this letter wants to bring them then and us today confident assurance in the gospel of Jesus Christ so that we may know that we have eternal life. So we may have assurance in uncertain times.

Do join us on Sunday mornings for our series on 1 John.

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ALL blog posts during 2021 and 2022 from the Highfields Contributors:

Assurance in uncertain times
How do you feel about standing out against the crowd?
Highfields annual report
Introduction to the Annual Report 2021
Highfields 2021
Introduction to the Annual Report 2021
The room where it happens
My favourite song from the box-office sensation Hamilton
The Room Where It Happens
My favourite song from the box-office sensation Hamilton
The Happy Problem of Growth
Sally and I were talking the other day about the need to get some new school uniforms...
New Beginnings
How to go again entering a new term with restrictions lifted
Highfields 2020
Introduction to the Annual Report 2020
John Stott - a memory
On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of John Stott, a memory.
Staring at the Son
Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.
Nothing more important in the entire universe
‘If Christianity is false, it’s of zero importance, but if it’s true, there’s nothing more important in the entire universe.’
The growing shoots of spring
‘When winter fades I know spring will come, the Lord is my salvation.’
Ready, Steady, Grow
The apostle Peter's urgent call...

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