Topic: AM Service Passage: 1 John 2:1–2:2
What is it that is central to Christianity? When the Reformation came, there were many doctrines that had to be recovered; there were many truths that had to be restated vigorously. But it is hard to imagine any teaching that deserves more emphasis than the truth that Jesus Christ alone saves. Jesus is at the center not only of Christianity but of man’s relationship with God. Without Jesus, there can be no peace; without Jesus, there can be no righteousness; and without Jesus, there can be no hope. The Reformational cry of “Solus Christus” reminds us that Jesus is unique. There is no one like Him, and no one can do the works that He does. (1 John 2:1-2)
I. Who is Jesus?
A. Jesus is God
B. Jesus is Man
C. Jesus is Our Advocate
II. What Has Jesus Done?
A. Jesus is Righteous
B. Jesus Has Made Atonement
C. Jesus Made the Way of Salvation
Questions for consideration: (1) Why is it essential to the Christian message that Jesus is God? What are some of the difficulties this causes for sharing the gospel? (2) What does it mean to you to know that Jesus is your advocate? How does that affect your daily life? (3) This passage teaches us that Jesus is more than an example for us. Why must that be the case? What makes following Jesus so much different than following any other religious or philosophical system?