Series: The Letters of John

Love One Another

1 John 4:7-21 Love is central to the Christian life. But what is love? The word itself is one of the most overused and ill-defined words in the English language. In this passage, John explains what love is by tracing it to its source, namely God. Then he gives us a very uncomfortable command: “If …

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Watch Yourselves (Part 2)

2 John In the face of false teachers who move and operate in the world, John exhorts the church to “watch yourselves.” How should we do this? He gives us both a positive and a negative way to guard ourselves against these teachers.

Watch Yourselves (Part 1)

2 John There is a clear and present danger for the church in every age. John says, “many deceivers have gone out into the world.” This is a message which Jesus himself taught. The church must be on guard against “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” What are these deceivers like? How can we recognize them?

Love is From God

1 John 4:7-5:1 Love is something common to everyone. We all love someone or something, yet love is often love is hard to define or describe. John traces the experience of love (“love one another”) back to its theological source (‘God is love”). By understanding that love originates in God, we can navigate the many …

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Test the Spirits

1 John 4:1-6 Why does truth matter and can anyone claim to know the truth? In this passage, John agrees with the rest of Scripture by telling us that there are many voices who make religious claims. The task of the church is to discern the truth from error. He commands, “Do not believe every …

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Love One Another

1 John 3:10-18 Jesus told his disciples that people would identify them by their love for one another. John says our love for one another is evidence of true faith. Clearly, love for the church is a vital aspect of the Christian life. In this text, we’ll examine what it means to love one another.

Called Children of God

1 John 2:28-3:10 Scripture uses the concept of family to communicate wonderful truths about the Christian life. It tells us we have been adopted as children of God; he is our Father; Jesus is our Brother; we have an inheritance; and many other truths. In this text, John draws upon that familial concept to teach …

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