Don't go in the basement

April 7th, 2021

“First John is a tiny little letter. Just five short chapters long. It is so brief a piece of correspondence that if you are not careful you will skip right over it. It is also that the content of 1 John is so hard to take,” begins Brian Blount, President and Professor of New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. What is that content? Sin. It’s about sin.

He continues, “This, probably, tiny house church is involved in a significant enough squabble that it is trending toward schism, threatening to break up over some issue, about which we are not very clear. It is clear, though, that a community of people that once loved each other is cracking, and the people on one side of the fault line have little good to say about the folk they once cherished on the other side.”

Sound familiar?

This sermon is from A Sermon for Every Sunday, a series of lectionary-based video sermons designed for use in worship, Bible study, small groups, Sunday school classes or for individual use.

For more sermon preparation help, check out Pulpit Resource, Will Willimon's weekly lectionary-based sermon resource, available online and through a print subscription.

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