Series Introduction

Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the defining event of human history. It means that there is more to life than the fleeting years between the day we were born and the day we die. Life is eternal and we are immortal beings designed to dwell together in the real presence of God. To know that truth is like walking out pitch darkness into the light that illuminates and reveals the rich, full beauty of God’s love for us. “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when Jesus appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” The New Testament book of 1 John will be our guide the next six weeks under the banner “Life. Light. Love.

Complete Joy in the Light of Christ

Sunday, April 11 – The Easter celebration has come and gone. But the power of the resurrection surges through the lives of Jesus’ first followers and begs us to plug our lives into the source of joy that will light up our lives. As we watch Jesus appear to his first followers today, we listen to one of them named John who writes to us from the perspective of old age. John may have been as old as 85 years when he wrote the letter that bears his name: 1 John. A lifetime of resurrection power has filled John with the passion to make known to us that Complete Joy—a rich full life regardless of circumstances—is ours when we walk in the Light of Christ.