This sermon is part of the sermon series "Living Deep". See series.
Liz is friends with people of many religious backgrounds, and she's just starting to realize that what she claims to believe about Jesus necessarily has implications for her friends who hold different beliefs. So she's asking all sorts of questions—deep questions about how to live out her Christian convictions in a world that doesn't often share her point of view. In a world where so many people have such different views, how could it be possible that one view was greater than any others? Is there really only one way—one path—that leads to God? Isn't believing in God enough? Does what we believe about Jesus make that much of a difference?
Maybe you've experienced a moment when you realized that what you believe about Jesus' work in the world has implications for the lives of those around you. Our understanding of Jesus is critical to our relationship with God. And these are some of the questions that are addressed in the portion of John's letter that we come to today.
But before we dig in, let's take a moment and remind ourselves of the journey we've been on during the last several weeks. We've been looking at a simple letter that the apostle John sent around to the churches about 50 years after Jesus lived.
The basic premise of his letter is simple: You are either living life, or you're not. You are either living the deep life that is made possible by Jesus, or you're missing out. One way leads to light and life, the other to darkness and isolation.
Right from the beginning, John connects this life with Jesus: "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. We proclaim it to you...so that you may have fellowship ...
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