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Real Faith: Real Gospel (1 John 1:1-4)

Real Faith: Real Gospel

1 John 1:1-4

 

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

 

Real or fake?

 

That’s the question many people have started to ask themselves every time they turn on the TV or read a piece of news. Am I reading real news...or fake news?? Can I trust this source or should I change the channel? But how do we know? How do we know what is real and what is simply made up? How do we know which sources to turn to for real, verifiable news?

 

As our Easter celebration continues at St. Mark, we are entering into a new sermon series on 1 John titled “Real Faith”. The book of 1 John is all about distinguishing the real from the fake. When it comes to the Christian faith, how do we distinguish what is genuine and what is not?   

 

Real Faith begins with Real Gospel.

 

1 John opens with an affirmation of the truth of the Gospel based on real evidence. In no uncertain terms, John confirms that the experiences of the apostles with Jesus were true and verifiable. They actually saw him with their eyes, touched him with their hands, and heard him with their ears. No illusions, no tricks, no gimmicks.

 

Jesus, the Son of God, who has existed eternally with God the Father, was actually made manifest among us by becoming one of us. This Jesus, who was fully God, also became fully human in order to bring us new and everlasting life.

 

He walked with people, he talked with people, he ate with people, he healed people, he prayed with people. He died a very real death on a very real cross and was really and truly  resurrected and really overcame the stranglehold sin has on us. That’s the real Gospel. Jesus coming to save his people by overcoming death and transforming us into people of joy and hope.   

 

Scripture Reading:

During this devotional series, read through the book of 1 John once each week. (It’s only five chapters...you can do it!) How does John distinguish what is real from what is fake?    

 

St. Mark's New Website

After twenty years since its original website went live (April 1997), St. Mark was pleased to announce in October 2017 that a new website had gone live.  The new website is not simply an update, but a complete replacement of the old. Gone is the old technology, look and feel and inconsistent page styles. 

Taking advantage of a new provider, with their modern technology, the new website is presenting a fresh and consistent look throughout the site. In addition, the decision was made to create a simple site, then grow the site to meet St. Mark’s various ministry requirements, along with the needs of both St. Mark’s members and those in the community.

One feature that the old site did not have but the new does, is the usage of blogs as a means of presenting information, then receiving input back from the readers. As an example, this announcement is a blog as we would love to receive your feedback on the initial site and what it provides.

We would also like your feedback on what you would like the website to provide so we can consider them for future expansion.  For example, would you use online Bible studies, Bible references or other types of studies. Are there resources we can provide on the site or those that we can reference.   If you are not a St. Mark member, but simply a visitor to our site, we are also interested in what you would like to see. Please consider this opportunity to help our site grow to meet your needs.

We look forward to reading your input and having you help us grow our site. In addition to using the blog to provide input, you can also send a private email to the web administrator at webadmin@stmarksunnyvale.org.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our new site and please explore it to see what is offered. Finally, thank you for your consideration to provide us with your input.

In Christ’s Name we serve,

St. Mark’s Web Team

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