Assurance in uncertain times

Studies in 1 John

Assurance in uncertain timesDuring summer 2022 we will be working through the 1st letter of John. 

How do you feel about Standing out against the crowd? There 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.

Jon Reeves

Upcoming services in this series:

Title Description Tags
Assurance because we are Children of God 26 Jun - Morning Service - 09:15am - Ben Gardner - 1 John 2:28-3:10 In-Person, Morning Worship, All Age Service
Assurance because we are Children of God 26 Jun - Morning Service - 11:15am - Ben Gardner - 1 John 2:28-3:10 In-Person, Live Stream, Morning Worship, All Age Service
Assurance because we show love 03 Jul - Morning Service - 09:15am - Michael Teutsch - 1 John 3:11-24 In-Person, Morning Worship
Assurance because we show love 03 Jul - Morning Service - 11:15am - Michael Teutsch - 1 John 3:11-5:4 In-Person, Live Stream, Morning Worship
Assurance because we are loved 10 Jul - Morning Service - 09:15am - Jon Reeves - 1 John 4 In-Person, Communion, Morning Worship
Assurance because we are loved 10 Jul - Morning Service - 11:15am - Jon Reeves - 1 John 4 In-Person, Live Stream, Communion, Morning Worship
Assurance because we know God 17 Jul - Morning Service - 09:15am - Jon Reeves - 1 John 5 In-Person, Morning Worship
Assurance because we know God 17 Jul - Morning Service - 11:15am - Jon Reeves - 1 John 5 In-Person, Live Stream, Morning Worship

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Assurance in uncertain timesCatch up and watch or listen to what you missed. Whole service video is normally be available immediately after the live stream has finished. Sermon audio and podcast audio is normally available within half an hour of the service finishing.

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Gospel thinking for gospel living

Encountering Jesus

During June and July on Sunday evenings we will be looking at the Letter to Titus.

The letter to Titus is a letter from Paul to a young pastor, urging him to lead his people deeper into the gospel. Paul is concerned about the corrupting influence of false teachers in Crete, and this concern frames the letter. He shows that the gospel presents a fundamentally different approach toward God than the false teachers do, one based on hope in God's grace and not on human accomplishments. Grace produces an entirely different kind of fruit in the lives of believers.

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One of them at Highfields is involvement in a small study group. I hope you can connect with us that way."

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