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Fellowship and the Cross
1 John 1:1-4
November 29, 2020

Many years ago (while in seminary) I was an evangelism trainer on a team of people from our church who went out weekly to share the gospel.  One of the people on my team was a good friend from seminary.  As we were headed back to the church one evening, he asked me something like, “I know the gospel gets us to Heaven in the when we die, but what is the value of the gospel now?  What good is the gospel today?”

I have no recollection of what I answered him, but how many things we could say to that question!

  • The gospel gives purpose for living and satisfaction in life
  • The gospel provides hope for living
  • The gospel frees us from the power of sin
  • The gospel enables people to genuinely change
  • The gospel equips us to love
  • The gospel removes the blinding influence of Satan and gives discernment for life
  • The gospel restores relationships

As we come to the communion table this morning, I want to lead us in a consideration of one of the blessings of Christ and the gospel — a “message of the cross,” a declaration of the power of the cross.  This is a series which we have done intermittently through the years, considering various aspects of the cross and its importance in our lives.  Today we will look together at 1 John 1, discovering that —

The manifested Christ is our message.

In this passage John reminds us of two great realities of Christ and the gospel for us to declare — 

  1. The Message of the Gospel (vv. 1-2)
  • Christ is observable God
  • Christ is life
  1. The Value of the Gospel (vv. 3-4)
  • Full Fellowship
  • Genuine Joy

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