Promises from Studies in 1 John

monet.jpg   In my previous post I mentioned beginning a new study through 1 John.  During this series I want to try something new.   

Each week I will post a summary of the message, and list some books and articles that coincide with it. (For those not at Walnut Hill, we hope to start posting the messages on our church web site in the very near future.  CD’s are available if you contact the church office.)   

These suggested readings will be supplemental to the message. They will address topics touched on in the text.  While most will be for the purpose of Spiritual Formation, from time to time I’ll include other things that are related but may not be spiritual in nature.   

Let’s begin with the overview of 1 John. (From 1/6/08)

On four occasions in this letter John says: “I write to you so that…” 

To make Your Joy Complete (1:4) 

So That You Will Not Sin (2:1) 

You Will Not Be Lead Astray (2:26) 

You May Know You Have Eternal Life (5:13) 

In short,  John promises those who trust in Christ, and who study this letter: Joy, Holiness, Wisdom, and Assurance.   

For those interested in related reading, I suggest: 

Holiness By Grace by Bryan Chappell 

Finally, as we work through this book, feel free to post you questions and your discoveries from the messages.  I’m sure others would benefit from your insights.

Living in Light & Love: Studies in 1 John

19361138.jpgIn January I began a series on Sunday mornings teaching through 1 John.  On the first Sunday we did an overview of the book, focusing on the promises John gives as motives for writing the letter.  Then, last Sunday (1/13/08) I began the actual series. 

I am looking forward to working through John’s letter over the next several weeks. I think it will be encouraging and challenging to our church.  Encouraging because one of John’s primary themes is “Love” – something we’ve found Walnut Hill to overflow with.  Challenging because it is a call to continually grow.  

Several themes run throughout this letter. As you read it, and as we study it together, make a mental note about how John addresses them, both directly and indirectly. 

Among the key themes: 





Because of these concurrent themes, though perhaps not too creative, the series is titled: Living in Light & Love.    

As we study this book it might be important to note John’s style.  Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones rightly points out that, in contrast to the letters of Paul, “ John is not so logical”.   

It is not that there is no logic in John. But Paul is at times almost painfully logical in both his precision and depth (like Mr. Spock from Star Trek).   John seems to think more like an artist.  He is fond of word pictures, and his style is more circular than linear.  In other words he touches on a subject using brushstrokes to form a word picture (like “Light”) to illustrate rather than define.  He will then use his brush to paint other pictures, eventually coming back to a previous imagery.   

Being aware of John’s style will help you appreciate what he is writing. 

It is also a reminder that God did not create us all to think alike, even about the same subjects.