“The Three Letters of John”
According to Christian tradition, John, the Beloved Disciple”, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus, spent their last days in Asia Minor in the city of Ephesus. It is further believed that the church in Ephesus together with several other churches in that area formed what can be referred to as the “Community of the Beloved Disciple.”
Four books in the canon of the New Testament are thought to reflect the teachings and historical circumstances of this “community.” These are the Gospel of John and three documents called the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Letters of John. This fall the Wednesday Morning Bible Study group will be reading and discussing the three letters of John. You are invited to be part of this group as we together we explore these inspired and inspiring documents from the early days of the Christian church. The group meets every Wednesday morning from 10:30 to noon in the parish library.
November 8 Session One I John Chapter 1
We are writing these things so that
your joy may be full.
November 15 Session Two I John 2:1-25
By this we may be sure that we know
him, if we obey his commandments.
November 22 Session Three I John 2:26 – 3:23
How can God’s love abide in anyone
who has this world’s goods and sees his
brother or sister in need and yet refuses
November 29 Session Four I John Chapter 4
Beloved, let us love one another, because
love is from God, and everyone who
loves is born of God, and knows God.
December 6 Session Five I John Chapter 5
God gave us Eternal Life and this Life is
in his Son. Whoever has the Son has Life.
December 13 Session Six II and III John
Grace, mercy and peace will be with us
from God the Father and from Jesus
Christ, the Father’s Son, in truth and love.