We feel uncomfortable distinguishing between those who are Christian and those who are not within the church because we have seen those distinctions misused. But there are times when it … Read more
Perfect love drives out fear. In this part of his letter, John gives the struggling Christian church assurance about the signs they belong to Jesus namely: the Spirit of God … Read more
Love is our most powerful and most misused four-letter word. The poet W. H Auden in his famous poem Law, Like Love, as he struggles to define what law … Read more
I do not want to make judgements on whether someone is a Christian or not if they claim to be one. However, John unsettles my tolerant comfort because he writes … Read more
To derail trust in God we simply present a new thing to trust in. This sales pitch will be effective because, in our city ‘new’ means more up-to-date, more relevant, … Read more
Why think about 1 John?
John gives three reasons for writing his letter to the churches: to complete our joy (1:4), to promote holiness (2:1) and to build up confidence … Read more
John wants uncertain and damaged communities to have certainty and assurance in God. The certainty that John wants Christians to have is a discerning and tested assurance – not an … Read more