Pastor’s Corner May 9

Written on 05/09/2024
Megan Hopkins

Throughout the week, I have found myself drifting back to 1 John 5:1-6, the text I preached from on Sunday. The promises found there have given me hope and solace in the midst of the challenges of life and ministry.

[Watch last week’s sermon on You Tube]

As I sit down to write today, I’m acutely aware of the many of events vying for our attention. And in the middle of it all, it’s easy to lose sight of what truly matters. Yet, amidst the clamor of current affairs, there’s a timeless message of hope and resilience waiting to be heard—a message echoed in John’s words. Read them again:

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. This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.

Here’s my takeaways from John’s letters:

  1. Embracing Identity and Purpose:John’s letter speaks to a community grappling with doubt and division. In times of crisis, it’s natural to question our beliefs and values. However, John reminds us of our identity as beloved children of God. Regardless of external circumstances, knowing who we are and whose we are provides a firm foundation for navigating all of life’s challenges.
  2. Trusting in God’s Sovereignty:Amidst confusion and fear, John’s message reassures us of God’s unwavering presence and guidance. Just as a parent consoles a frightened child, God offers comfort and reassurance in our times of need. Trusting in God’s sovereignty empowers us to relinquish control and find peace amidst the storm.
  3. Living Out Faith:While crises may shake our resolve, they also present opportunities to deepen our faith. John encourages us to focus on living out our beliefs through love and obedience. Our response to adversity reflects the authenticity of our faith and serves as a beacon of hope to those around us.

As we navigate the complexities of life and ministry together, let us cling to the promises of 1 John. By embracing our identity as children of God, trusting in His sovereignty, and living out our faith, we can find strength and solace in the midst of uncertainty. Remember, we are not alone on this journey. God walks beside us, guiding and sustaining us through every trial and triumph.

God bless,
Jonathan Smith
For Jesus. For People. For Community.