“Testimony” – This Sunday Preparation

Dear Friends,

Can you believe how absolutely incredible it has been outside lately? I got the opportunity to go and see the Camas Lilies in full bloom the other day (link) and have been trying to asborb as much of this NW sun as possible. I think our girls have been at more parks in the last 2 weeks then they have been in the last 8 months combined! But I know what some of you are thinking: Some are worried this means that we will have a month of rain (we will pay for this!). Some think that this sunny weather is due to us because of all of the rain (ie. suffering) we’ve had the last couple of years. And some of you are just trying to enjoy it while we have it, waiting for it to quit at any moment. Which are you?

I am looking forward to our meeting for worship this Sunday. It’s our last Sunday in the letter of 1 John so I say we go out with a bang (not sure what that looks like just yet) and more sadly, we are going to be sending off Brad and Heather Tricola (and their lovely boys), as Brad has accepted a position at Vancouver First Friends Church. I hope you’ll be with us this Sunday as we say goodbye.

Reading for Sunday: 1 John 5:9-13

If we take human testimony at face value, how much more should we be reassured when God gives testimony as he does here, testifying concerning his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God inwardly confirms God’s testimony. Whoever refuses to believe in effect calls God a liar, refusing to believe God’s own testimony regarding his Son. This is the testimony in essence: God gave us eternal life; the life is in his Son. So, whoever has the Son, has life; whoever rejects the Son, rejects life. (1 John 5:9–13 MSG)

Queries:

  • What do you make of all of this talk about "testimony?"
  • When have you experienced an inward confirmation or testimony of God?
  • What is challenging for you about this passage?

In Gospel Love,
Wess

PS – If you haven’t had a chance to check out the website lately, it’s been updated some — https://camasfriends.org/
PPS – A number of you have asked to be notified when Peggy Parson’s sermon was made available online — here is the link http://camasfriends.posterous.com/god-is-love