Summer Worship Series on I John

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Five books in the New Testament are classified as part of the Johannine tradition – books that are related to and flow out of the language and theology of John’s gospel. We cannot know who wrote these books, but since the time of the early church, Christians have gleaned important insights about what it means to follow Jesus from them. The Book of I John was likely written a decade after John’s gospel, perhaps around 100 CE. I John reads less like a letter and more like a homily, and it is often grouped with other more general epistles, like James, I and II Peter, and Jude. These letters are broader reflections intended to be read and circulated throughout Christian communities.

It is believed that I John was written to churches experiencing tension, maybe even schism, and seeks to call them to a higher love. For a short book, it is filled with language that may be familiar to us, echoing of the themes of love and community found throughout John’s gospel:

“We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”

“For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”

“Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”

“Perfect love casts out fear.” “We love because he first loved us.”

Join us for worship as we explore the wisdom of love and community in I John and apply its encouragement and teachings to our current communities. Here are the passages we will focus on:

June 30:  I John 1:1-2:2
July 7:  I John 3:1-7
July 14:  I John 3:16-24
July 21: 1 John 4:7-21
July 28: I John 5:1-5