God IS Love

1 John 4:7-12

God IS love and has manifested love to us in his Son; therefore God’s children love one another.

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; Preach the Word: 1, 2, 3, John by David L. Allen; The New American Commentary: 1, 2, 3, John by Daniel L. Akin; No Trinity, No Love (blog) by Jared Wilson; The Heidelberg Disputation by Martin Luther; Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

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Test the Spirits

1 John 4:1-6

Authentic Christians discern and cling to the truth concerning Christ by God’s word and Spirit.

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; Reformed Expository Commentaries: 1, 2, & 3 John by Douglas Sean O’Donnel; A Theology for the Church, ed. by Daniel Akin

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Reassurance Comes

1 John 3:19-24

When our heart condemns us in light of the great demand to love one another, reassurance comes through knowing who God is, obeying what God commands, and enjoying whom God gives.

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible

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Reasons for Confidence as a Child of God

1 John 2:28-3:10

God is the reason we can live as his children now and be confident for the future.

RESOURCES: The Letters of John - John R.W. Stott, Christ-Centered Exposition: 1,2, & 3 John - Daniel Akin, The Story of God Bible Commentary: 1,2, & 3 John - Constantine R. Campbell, Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament - Karen H. Jones, Sermons of Tim Keller

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Confessing the Christ

1 John 2:18-27

Authentic Christians confess the truth concerning Christ.

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; Reformed Expository Commentary: 1, 2, & 3 John by Douglas Sean O’Donnell; 1 John: Background, Structure, and False Teachers (Lecture) by Dr. Michael J. Kruger; The State of Theology by Ligonier Ministries; The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

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Do Not Love the World?

1 John 2:12-17

Because of what Christians possess in Christ, God’s people resist the world and live forever.

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; 1-3 John: Fellowship in God's Family (Preaching the Word) by David Allen; Reformed Expository Commentaries: 1, 2, & 3 John by Douglas Sean O’Donnel

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Walking in the Light

1 John 2:1-6

We walk in God’s light by clinging to Jesus Christ.

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; Reformed Expository Commentary: 1-3 John by Douglas Sean O’Donnell; What does it mean to ‘accept Jesus’? by Ray Ortlund Jr.; An Open Letter to Those Frustrated by Their Progress in Sanctification by David Powlison

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The Word of Life

1 John 1:1-4; 5:13

The good news about Jesus Christ comes to us through the Apostles for our salvation, joy, and assurance.

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; Reformed Expository Commentary: 1-3 John by Douglas Sean O’Donnel; Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament by Karen H. Jobes; The Meaning of Christmas by Tim Keller.

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