Brandon Ashcraft preached this past Sunday, and his sermon is worth a look. . .
“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.”
1 John 1:3-4
This morning we heard the opening chapter of the First Letter of John, which is really more like an extended sermon than a letter. We’ll hear a passage from First John each Sunday for the next five weeks so that by the end of Easter, we’ll have read almost the entire Epistle. The author’s primary aim in First John is to remind his audience of the central claims and teachings of the Gospel and, in the process, shield them from misleading claims and falsehoods being spread by certain members of the community. Leaving no room for doubt as to the danger posed by these false prophets, he refers to them later in the letter as “antichrists.” While the exact identity of these “antichrists” isn’t clear, their teachings have resonances with a heresy that came to be known as Docetism, which was a belief that Jesus was only divine and not human.
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