“The Three Letters of John”
The early Christian community in which the Gospel according to John was composed is sometimes referred to as the “Community of the Beloved Disciple”. It is thought that the Apostle John spent his last days in this community and that the fourth gospel records his memories of the life and teachings of Jesus.
The New Testament includes three short documents that were apparently addressed to the people of this early Christian community and affiliated churches. Although they are called “letters” or “epistles” only one of these three documents is actually a letter. The third of these three documents is a brief letter to an elder in the church named Gaius. The other two are brief statements containing admonitions and instructions concerning various problems that had developed in the Johannine churches.
The three “Letters of John” were all written in the early years of the second century and provide fascinating glimpses into the theological and organizational conflicts that arose in some of the early Christian communities.
- August 13: Session One First John, Chapters One & Two
“Do not love the world or the things of the world.”
- August 20: Session Two First John, Chapters Three, Four & Five
“Let us love, not in word or speech but in truth and action.”
- August 27: Session Three Second John and Third John
“This is love, that we walk according to his commandments.”