Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
1 John 1
1 John Sermon Series
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John Stott claims the predominate theme of 1 John is Christian Certainty. There are many distortions of Faith, God and Jesus in our culture. So our hope is that we can journey through a simple five chapter letter to look at the essential fundamentals of Christianity.
The first essential theme of this chapter is that we can have certainty in the scriptural testimony of Jesus.
(1 John 1:1-2) We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us.
The second essential theme of this chapter is that true fellowship is in Christ.
(1 John 1:3-4) We declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
The third essential theme of this chapter is that we have to recognize our sin and recognize it is only Jesus that can forgive and cleanse us.
(1 John 1:8-10) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.