Fall Bible Study: "Preparing to Hear the Message" ()Dennis R. Wiles, September 6, 2020
Part of the Love series, preached at a Bible Study service
Dennis R. Wiles
God is Light and God is Love
An analysis of 1 John
Fall Bible Study
SESSION 1: Preparing the Hear the Message
Edmiston – The Bible Was Not Written To You
AUTHOR OF 1 JOHN
John the Apostle is traditionally accepted as the author. What do we know about John?
HISTORICAL SETTING OF 1 JOHN
End of the Apostolic Era
THEOLOGICAL SETTING OF 1 JOHN
Incipient Gnosticism – Greek word “gnosis” – “knowledge”
What was Gnosticism?
· Human body (matter) is evil
· Salvation is connected to higher knowledge
· Christ was not fully human
ECCLESIOLOGICAL SETTING OF 1 JOHN
The church was facing conflict stoked by false teaching and broken fellowship.
Reasons for writing a pastoral letter
Affirming tests of faith
GOD IS LIGHT AND GOD IS LOVE
THE INCARNATION: Get this right or nothing else matters!
1 John 1:1-4