This morning I am speaking at the Birmingham Baptist Pastors Conference. Each year the Southern Baptists set aside time for their January Bible Study, focusing on different books of the Bible. Last year it was Nehemiah; this year it is the letters of John, known in the English Bible as 1 John, 2 John and 3 John, generally referred to as First John, Second John and Third John. These short letters (the last two are only one chapter each) come near the end of the first century. They provide a vivid picture of the challenges the Christian movement faced in the second generation as it moved across the Roman Empire. Butch Henderson asked me to give the introductory talk to local pastors on these three epistles. Here are some resources that may help you in the teaching process:

1 John Chapter Outlines
2 John: Balancing Truth and Love
3 John: A Tale of Three Men
1 John 3:1-3 We Shall Be Like Him
1 John 4:1-6 How to Spot Counterfeit Christianity
1 John 5:16-17 The Sin That Leads to Death

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