Beloved Community

A sermon series in 1 John

May ~ June ~ July 2021

We are all asking, “What comes next?” There are many good responses to this question. At Faith, we are saying, “Beloved community comes next!” We are putting our hearts in one another’s hands, sharing life and offering responsibility for one another and for the community. “Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God!”

July 25, 2021

“Staying on God’s Path”

Frances Lin, Stated Clerk, Presbytery of San Diego, preaching

Psalm 14

July 18, 2021

“It’s All About Relationships”

Rev Dr Chris Lenocker preaching

1 John 5:1-5

All of our relationships have a source and grounding. The hope and prayer is that our grounding is in God and not the world.

July 11, 2021

“Dwelling in Love”

Pastor Sam preaching

1 John 4:13-21

We dwell in God’s love as we love our sisters and brothers.

July 4, 2021

“Growing in Love”

1 John 4:7-12

Pastor Sam preaching

As we love one another, we make God known in the world because God is love.

June 27, 2021

“Cool Head, Warm Heart”

Pastor Sam preaching

1 John 4:1-6

In an age of information and disinformation, practicing discernment in community is part of what it means to live in relationship with God and one another.

June 20, 2021

“Love in Action”

Pastor Sam preaching

1 John 3:18-24

While the words we use are important, love is more than only talk. 

June 13, 2021

“All Will Be Well”

Pastor Sam preaching

1 John 3:1-3

Our identity in God, as beloved children of God, gives us assurance for the future.

June 6, 2021

“A Way Other Than Our Own”

Pastor Sam preaching

1 John 2:15-17

Learning to cultivate the desires of God rather than only our own self-interest makes community possible. 

May 30, 2021

Trinity Sunday

“Discovering What Matters”

Pastor Sam preaching

1 John 2:12-17

While every day our desires are being formed by consumption and entertainment, sharing life in beloved community involves re-forming our desires to what really matters.

May 23, 2021

Pentecost Sunday

“Stepping Out and Into Light”

Pastor Sam preaching

John 2:7-11

Walking in light and love involves taking responsibility for our sisters and brothers.

May 16, 2021

“Healing the Whole World with Love”

Pastor Sam preaching

1 John 2:1-6

The Way of Jesus is the basis of the church’s fellowship, of beloved community.

May 9, 2021

“Pulling Back Curtains, Letting in Light”

Pastor Sam preaching

1 John 1:5-10

Though honesty can be hard, honesty makes deep relationship with God, one another, and ourselves possible.

May 2, 2021

“Forming Community Around Shared Experiences”

Pastor Sam preaching

1 John 1:1-4

The fellowship of early churches was shaped by their lived experiences with Jesus and one another.