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MidWeek Bible Study
The Epistles of John and Philemon
During the summer, the Home Fellowship groups are taking a break. In their place we are having a “mid-week” Bible study at CCF. The Bible study is on 1, 2, 3 John and Philemon.
These Bible studies are focused on our understanding of these New Testament books, and their application to our daily lives. The lessons will be taught by Pastor Wayne Sanders, Pastor Bill Bradshaw, and Paul Howard.
Lesson 2: The Nature of Jesus
In this lesson we will examine one of the key focal points of the First Epistle of John, that is, the nature of Jesus. We will examine the unfolding of the verses about the nature of Jesus, and then after we have examined what the First Epistle of John reveals about Jesus, we will examine the probable heresies that existed in the Church at that time (~85 A.D.).
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Lesson 3: What about sin?
In this lesson we will examine another of the key focal points of the First Epistle of John, that is, our “relationship” to sin. Sin is something that every human has to deal with.
Remember … one of the hallmarks of John’s writings are the “contrasting absolutes”, such as light and darkness, love and hate, life and death, and truth and falsehood. In this study, we will be looking at the contrast of “those in sin and those forgiven of sin.”
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Lesson 4: Love
Love is supposed to be an “identifying mark” for Christians ( John 13:34-35 ). Evidently a lack-of-love was an issue in the church of the First Epistle of John. There was a schism (schisma) in the church ( 1 John 2:19 ) as a result of heresies. Although a schism is implied in 1 John , schisma appears 8 times in the New Testament (e.g. Matthew 9:16, John 7:43, 1 Corinthians 1:10, 11:18, 12:25 ) and means: cleft, split, division with damage, discord.
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Lesson 5: Testing The Spirit
The church to which John was writing had a serious issue. Heresies were springing up like weeds in the garden. In a garden, one needs to recognize what is a weed and what is a fruit bearing plant. Similarly, we need tests or benchmarks to know what is a true theology or doctrine, and what is false.
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