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John, the Apostle, was the closest friend Jesus ever had.  Here he takes up the challenges of the late first century church, dealing with them in his unique, loving way.

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1 John 1:1-4  What We Have Seen - The opening statement of John the apostle, eyewitness to Christ, urging fellowship in the church.
1 John 1:5-10 Walking in the Light -  John introduces the concept of that God is light; implicitly, then, God is his attributes.
1 John 2:1-17  I Write You - John reminds his hearers of the principles of Christianity, especially the atonement.
1 John 2:18-29 Antichrists, Plural - John the apostle discusses the characteristics of antichrists.
1 John 3:1-3 Through a Mirror Darkly - A very compact statement of the fatherhood of God, the brotherhood of man, the resurrection body and the hope their of — and why the Christian should constantly purify himself.
1 John 3:4-9 The Nature of Sin - The apostle John briefly addresses the nature of sin — and what you should do about it.
1 John 3:10-24 How Do I Know I'm Saved? - Does the Bible really say you have to feel it in your heart?
1 John 4:1-6 Testing the Spirits - The apostle John commands that we test the spirits, giving us the criteria to do so.
1 John 4:7-13 Let Us Love One Another - John teaches us that God's intrinsic nature is love, and therefore it should be part of our intrinsic nature as well.
1 John 4:13-21 Character Development -  The apostle John instructs us on the intimacy we should have with God and its effects upon our character development.
1 John 5:1-5 Burden of Love -  Lesson concerning the love which flows in, among, through and beyond the children of God.
1 John 5:6-12 Testimony - The apostle John brings forward the evidence that should be apparent to every Christian, convincing him of salvation and life to come.
1 John 5:12-21 Finale - The apostle looks at praying for our brothers in sin; when we can — and when we can't.

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