Fellowship with God: Confidence in Christ, Lesson 7

12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.

13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one

I write to you, children, because you know the Father.

14 I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 

In our last three lessons, covering 1 John 1:5-2:11, you may have picked up on the fact that John’s humility does not equate to weakness of conviction. He has already dropped some uncompromising truth in our laps and your head may be throbbing by now if you wonder if you are passing the tests of faith. Yes, the tests are for the purpose of bringing assurance to true believers, and though they are offered with the apostle’s tender concern for his readers, they may still have knocked the wind out of those who question their faith. (“Do I really love the brethren? I don’t know!”) Our passage this week gives us a pause as John transitions from his challenging exhortations to gentle words of affirmation and consolation. Continue reading “Fellowship with God: Confidence in Christ, Lesson 7”

1 John P2R, Week 9

The past two weeks have been busier than I anticipated (California-to-Texas road-trip, Thanksgiving, what’s so busy about those?), which resulted in this week’s memorization going down slower than usual, which further resulted in my not getting this post out last week as planned. Ah, the best laid plans… Now that we have reached what some consider to be the official beginning of the holiday season, we can reasonably expect our days to be busier than usual, or at least running at a different—faster—pace than normal. Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of allowing the voices of urgency to dictate our days, we took this time to slow down and focus on what is truly important? Let’s give some effort to slowing down and continuing to hide God’s Word in our hearts, even through the holiday season. As we are reminded by the Christmas season of the love of God in sending his Son to us, let’s memorize his word which assures us of this love! Continue reading “1 John P2R, Week 9”

1 John P2R, Week 8

The last two weeks we worked on portions of 1 John that deal with antichrists: liars who are Christ-deniers, and John was very clear that they have no part in Christ. These were formerly members of the church, teaching false doctrines and masquerading as children of light while they continued to walk in the dark. But they left the church, leaving confusion and hurt in their wake. John wants to make crystal clear the fact that no true follower of Christ behaves that way, and so he has written to assure the believers of the differences between themselves and the false brethren, and to encourage them to hold fast to the gospel that they had heard from the beginning. Continue reading “1 John P2R, Week 8”

Lesson Announcement

Dear Ones,

When we began our study of 1 John we only had the first 6 lessons printed in your binders. I have continued writing lessons for the study, and lessons 7 and 8 are both printed were handed out in class as they became available. Several of our ladies missed classes due to appointments, sick children, or other unforeseen circumstances, and have therefore not gotten these newer lessons. If you did not get the newest lessons in class, do stop into the office to pick them up when you can. Please don’t let an absence of a week or two prevent you from returning for our final lesson (Nov. 14) before the holiday break!

I will continue writing over the holiday and will get the new lessons to you as soon as I am able. Please pray for me as I write, since we all know how “quiet and calm” the holiday season is for focused work of any kind…! It is my own prayer that the study lessons I write for you are informative, faith-building, gospel-centered, and God-honoring. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Lord by serving you in this way.

Love, in Christ,