"We are the people who are supposed to use the Word of God to teach them, rebuke them, correct them, and train them in righteousness so that they are equipped to do the work that God is calling them to do."

Pastor Stefanie DiFrancesco

Understanding the Heart of John

Each week  through the summer months, we will continue to read together through the Epistle of 1 John. Although it is classified as a letter, there is no opening address or closing as we find when we read the letters written by the Apostle Paul. However, as we read through his words, it is obvious that when the author penned them, he had a particular audience and a particular situation in mind. Written by the apostle John, it is said that 1 John is “a loving and anxious sermon written by a pastor who loved his people.”

I share this with you because I think it is important to understand the heart and the motivation of the author. When we understand that John writes out of love – love for his God and love for his people – it softens our defensive nature and allows us to more openly hear and receive his words of teaching and correction.

Some of John’s words may be more difficult to hear than others. “Whoever says I know him, but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.” (2:4) “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the Father is not in them.” (2:15) “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (4:8)

But those tough words are the words that John AND GOD want us to hear and wrestle with. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correction and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

So let’s allow John’s words to teach us, to rebuke us, to correct us and train us in righteousness, so that we can be equipped to do the work which God is calling us to do. Let’s also remember that John’s motivation in his writing is love. And then, in turn, let’s make sure it is that same type of love that pours out of us when we minister to the people that God sends to the YCOG.

We have a lot of wonderful ministries her at YCOG, and we are reaching the community. Every Wednesday, the church is full of kids of all ages who are lost and don’t know what the love of Jesus looks like. We are the people God has called to show them. We are the people who are supposed to use the Word of God to teach them, rebuke them, correct them, and train them in righteousness so that they are equipped to do the work that God is calling them to do. But first…we have to love them.

Pastor Stef

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