Pastor Thomas Costello began a new series on the letters of John. He talked about how John laid out the following three things that the church should be:
- People that fully believe Jesus was both man and God.
- People that live to proclaim Jesus boldly.
- People that practice fellowship.
1 John 1:1-4
The Incarnation of the Word of Life
1 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—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our[a] joy complete.
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion:
- The Community Question this week was, “What was something special your grandparents taught you?” Share your answer with your group.
- We learned from Pastor Thomas that John, the author of these Epistles, was around 90 years old when he wrote this, and he wanted to pass things down to us in these letters. His story is a scary one, as are the other Disciples. How does your opinion change to know this about John and the other disciples?
- John wanted to get through to us that he experienced the REAL Jesus, who was fully man and fully God. Discuss Verse 1-2 with your group. How do they impact you?
- The power of STORY is a real thing when we are talking about our relationship with Jesus. Everyone that has any experience with him, either years or days, has a story. Have you ever shared your story with someone in order to “proclaim” Jesus?
- What does the word “Fellowship” mean to you? Have you experienced this for real in your life?