Imitate Good

We close out our study of the letters of John by discussing 3 John and the familiar theme of walking in truth. John offers both rebuke and commendation in this short letter as he reminds his readers of the importance of hospitality and of love. 

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A New Commandment

This is the lesson from February 6, 2018. Due to some technical glitches, I was unable to publish it until now. It covers 1 John 2:3-17.

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Walking in the Truth

Today's lesson covers the book of 2 John. We discover that John continues to repeat his familiar themes of love, obedience, and right belief. He offers a stern warning concerning false teachers and he encourages his readers to walk in the truth.

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That You May Know

We finish out John's first letter by discussing a very difficult passage to interpet. However murky our understanding of the sin that leads to death, we are assured by John's assertions of what we know. Assurance is ours because of the testimony and promise of God!

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This is the Testimony

In 1 John 5:1-12. John continues to explore faith, love, and obedience as primary evidences for an authentic confession. He will remind us that God’s commands are not burdensome and that we have overcome the world! These truths not only give us hope but remind us that our Father is good and all His ways are good. 

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God Is Love

1 John 4 rehearses many truths we’ve already discussed: belief that Jesus is the Son of God, Jesus as our propitiation, and the preeminence of love among believers. We talk about all of this and more!

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By This We Know Love

Today's lesson covers 1 John 3:11-24 and the preeminence of love in the life of the believer. John continues to employ comparison and contrast to drive his point home; in this passage he contrasts love and hate using an example from the very beginning of the Bible.

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Abide in Him

In 1 John 2:28-3:10 John continues his teaching on evidences of genuine faith. We discuss these tests of belief, obedience, and love as well as how Jesus' appearing motivates our pursuit of holiness. As children of God we have a sure and certain hope and this hope purifies us!

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If They Had Been Of Us

This lesson focuses on 1 John 2:18-27. John will continue his theme of genuine faith by exposing the effects of following false doctrine. We will discuss what it means to be in the “last hour,” who are the “many antichrists,” and how we can keep from being led astray.

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God Is Light

We begin our study of 1 John with a discussion of the incarnation, atonement, propitiation, and what it means to walk in the light. This lesson covers 1 John 1:1-2:2

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