This past Sunday I mentioned some books that connect to the big themes of the book of 1 John. These could be good fuel for your takeaway from 1 John!
Related to the idea that “God is light” (1 Jn. 1.5):
- The Holiness of God by RC Sproul
Related to the idea that “God is love” (4.8, 16)
- Love Beyond Reason by John Ortberg
Related to the “truth test” about knowing the Jesus and his gospel better (1.10; 2.22-23)
- The Gospel by Ray Ortlund
- The Incomparable Christ by John Stott
- Encounters with Jesus or Jesus the King, both by Tim Keller
- Simply Jesus by Joe Stowell
- The Jesus I Never Knew by Phillip Yancey
- Who is This Jesus by Michael Green
- The Gospel of John movie – available free online HERE
In my sermon on 2 John (9/30/18) I urged us to consider learning who Jesus is by reading the Creeds. They are very concise and precise statements about Jesus that help us learn to recognize the truth about what the Scriptures teach us about Jesus. Here are 3 to get you started:
Pastor Larry provides timely advice for us in a talk from an event called “Wisdom Forum: The Good Life” at Southeastern Seminary in which Larry discusses “Rest and the Good Life.”
How important is prayer in the life of the Christian? Larry Trotter gives a compelling answer in this very brief video:
This past Sunday (8/26/18) we explored 1 John 4 and the radical idea of coming to church on Sunday to love one another! Here’s a helpful prompt along those lines from Ed Welch:
And here is the prayer that I prayed over us during communion. I hope it prompts your own prayers to be more loving!
A Prayer of Edward Pusey (1800-1882)
Good Jesus, Fountain of Love,
Fill us with thy love.
Absorb us into thy love;
Compass us with thy love,
That we may see all things in the light of thy love,
Receive all things as the token of thy love,
Speak of all things in words breathing of thy love,
Win through thy love others for thy love,
Be kindled day by day with a new glow of thy love,
Until we be fitted to enter into thine everlasting love,
To adore thy love and love to adore thee, our God and all.
Even so come, O Lord Jesus.
1 John 4.19,
As you study along with us in l John, here are some resources that you might find helpful:
If you want to buy a commentary, here are two that I have found helpful that aren’t too technical:
If you want a more technical commentary, this one by Karen Jobes has been helpful for me:
This online sermon series by John Piper is very insightful (and free!):
In this one-minute video from Pastor Larry posted by the Baptist State Convention of NC, Larry speaks to the necessity of establishing “deepening” practices in our lives that build depth in our relationship and intimacy with God. Well worth the listen.
Here’s a link to the video: https://vimeo.com/264498586