The author of 1, 2, and 3 John never names himself, but it is widely accepted that the Apostle John wrote these letters, probably as an elderly man, and probably to house churches in what was then called Asia. Decades had gone by since the the tumultuous years John spent as one of Jesus’s closest disciples. Within the church, false teachers had arisen and the fog of relativism had taken hold. Outside the church persecution was mounting, leading to discouragement within. What was needed was a clear call to focus on the basics. The reason the author gives in writing 1 John, for example, is found early in the book
1 John 1:3-4,
3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.
1 John 2:1
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
|16-Apr-23||A Fellowship of Life and Joy||1 John 1:1-4|
|23-Apr-23||A Fellowship of Light||1 John 1:5-2:2|
|30-Apr-23||A Fellowship of Obedience||1 John 2:3-2:14|
|7-May-23||Fellowship Foes||1 John 2:15-27, 4:1-6|
|14-May-23||A Fellowship of Purity||1 John 2:28-3:10|
|21-May-23||A Fellowship of Brotherly Love||1 John 3:11-24|
|28-May-23||A Fellowship of Abiding Love||1 John 4:7-21|
|4-Jun-23||A Fellowship that Overcomes||1 John 5:1-12|
|11-Jun-23||A Fellowship of Endurance||1 John 5:13-20|
|18-Jun-23||A Fellowship of Truth (Doctrine)||2 John|
|25-Jun-23||A Fellowship of Support||3 John|