The author of Hebrews writes, "Let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity," from which we have pulled inspiration for H6:1 Nights, held once a semester for the last few years at the UTD BSM. These nights are meant to be a time of digging deeply into the Word of God, going even farther than time allows during a typical Wednesday night small group.
We were privileged to have as our speaker this semester Jordan Stone from Imago Dei Church in McKinney, Texas. Jordan met us on a Friday night to teach on the book of 1 John for about three hours, titling the message "A Fellowship of Light and Love."
This relatively short letter argues against the increasing inclusivity of the church in favor of a loving exclusivity, a good and healthy understanding of what it means to truly be a follower of Jesus. What you believe shapes how you live, and if how you live looks no different than how the non-Christian lives, can you really call yourself a Christian? John wants the reader to have full joy in the knowledge of Christ (1 Jn. 1:4), to love holiness (2:1), and to know the believer has eternal life (5:13).
Taking a close look at this letter raised many good questions for myself. Am I living in God's Light? Am I living in His Love? Am I proclaiming this Light and Love to those around me? Or does my life bear no resemblance to Christ's, instead blending in with the world in which I live?
These are helpful questions to consider when on a college campus. It can be tempting to go through the day without truly living as one who is set apart. It can be tempting to go with the flow of those around us who do not know Christ, to stick to "safe" conversation topics that won't cause controversy or give anyone a reason to think we're different. But 1 John tells us, "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (2:15). I want the love of the Father! And I want to share it with others.