Get the Latest Updates

Which expressions are you interested in?

Letter from pastor OneJohn – Simon Jarvis

The First Letter of the Apostle John

Sunday, 13th October 2013
Series: Letters from a Pastor, Part 1


Although anonymous, the style and vocabulary clearly indicate that it is written by the author of the gospel of John. The tone is friendly and fatherly reflecting the age and experience of the apostle. The style is informal and personal indicating the apostle’s intimate relationship with both God and Gods people. Lack of personal greeting and special dedication leads us to believe this was a circular letter read to the churches in the Ephesus region, where John spent his latter years.

With the church still in its infancy, heresy and false doctrine was the biggest danger. With this in mind, pastor OneJohn writes to the churches with a template on how to be a disciple.


1. Belief

1 John 4:2 – This is how you can recognise the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it, I see everything else.” C S Lewis

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.



John 1:1-5 & 14 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Who’s the liar?

1 John 2:22- Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son.


2. Obedience

1 John 2:3 – We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.

Mark 12:30-31 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Keep the commandments.

1 John 2:3 – We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.

Love Gods people.

1 John 2:10 – Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.

Do not love the world.

1 John 2:15 – Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.

Continue in Him.

1 John 2:28 – And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

1 John 1:6 – If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.


3. Love

1 John 4:20 – Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

John 3:16-17 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.


What we do and who we are.


4. The overcomer.

Pastor OneJohn sums up

1 John 5:1-5 – Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Parable of the old dog.

Shake it off and step up. What seemed as though it would bury him actually benefited him—all because of the way he handled his adversity.

When you are tempted to quit what you believe or act in disobedience or decide to live with unforgiveness towards someone, then shake it off and step up.

Jesus shook it off and stepped up. Even to dying on the cross.

And his spirit lives in you.