Beginning the Journey (for new Christians)
1, 2, and 3 John
1 & 2 Thessalonians
1 & 2 Timothy
2 Peter, Jude
7 Last Words of Christ
Christ Powered Life (Rom 5-8)
David, Life of
Jesus and the Kingdom
Lamb of God
Names of God
Sermon on the Mount
Discipleship Lessons from John's Letters:
A Bible Study Commentary on First, Second, and Third John
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First, Second, and Third John, sometimes called the Epistles or Letters of John, are like trail mix -- concentrated, chewy, and nutritious. As I teach God's Word, I find myself returning again and again to First John.
When John writes these letters he is an elderly man. When he was young, he was Jesus'"beloved disciple."Now, when he is old, he is passing on the faith he learned at Jesus'feet.
He writes with great affection, but that doesn't mean he is soft. In these letters he:
Refutes enemies of Christ who are spreading false and dangerous doctrine.
Challenges believers to reject darkness and live in the light.
Calls for righteous living and assures believers of the forgiveness of God.
Proclaims love as the greatest commandment of Christ our Lord Jesus Christ.
These letters pack a punch to their first century readers as well as to readers in the twenty-first century.
This 152-page book provides the basis for studying 1, 2, and 3 John in eight lessons. Each lesson contains 4 to 5 probing discussion questions designed to prompt personal reflection as well as discussion in Sunday school classes and small groups. The material is easily digestible for preparation for teachers and pastors preparing sermons or lessons.
Table of Contents
|Introduction to John's Letters||15|
|1. Walking in the Light (1 John 1:1-2:6)||25|
|2. Don't Love the World (1 John 2:7-17)||39|
|3. Antichrists, Anointing, and Abiding (1 John 2:18-27)||48|
|4. Sin Is Lawlessness (1 John 2:28-3:10)||57|
|5. Love in Action (1 John 3:11-24)||72|
|6. God Is Love (1 John 4:1-21)||83|
|7. God's Testimony Regarding Jesus (1 John 5:1-21)||97|
|8. Walking in Love (2 and 3 John)||116|
|Appendix 1. Lesson Handouts||138|
|Appendix 2. Stories about John from the Church Fathers||147|
|Appendix 3. Songs and Hymns from John's Letters||150|
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- Christmas Incarnation
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- Jesus and the Kingdom of God
- JesusWalk: Beginning the Journey
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- Lamb of God
- Lord's Supper
- Luke's Gospel
- Moses the Reluctant Leader
- Names and Titles of God
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- Sermon on the Mount
- Seven Last Words of Christ