The Epistles of John

The Epistles of John   BI-116

Northwest Bible Church / Adult Sunday School Class


A. Class Objectives:

To help deepen our knowledge of God’s Word through a study of the little Epistles of John.  These letters will help us to better understand that faith is based on the truth of revelation, not subjective opinion and that genuine faith cannot be separated from love.  Faith expresses itself in righteousness and produces assurance.  Martin Luther wrote of 1 John: “I have never read a book written in simpler words than this one, and yet the words are inexpressible.”


B. Class Schedule:

This series is adapted from Bible Institute materials and will be taught each Sunday at 9:30 AM by DeWayne Bolin, NWBC Elder, (cf., dates and lesson titles are always subject to change).

Below are the titles, dates, and links to the outlines:

 1. Historical Background                               09/29/2013                          1 John 1v1 A Syllabus
 2. Love One Another in Truth                    11/03/2013                           2 John 1-6 Outline
 3. Be Careful of Deceivers                             11/10/2013                          2 John 7-13 Outline
 4. Gaius, A Good Example                             11/17/2013                          3 John 1-8 Outline
 5. Diotrephes, A Bad Example                    11/24/2013                           3 John 9-14 Outline
 6. John’s Purpose in Writing                      12/01/2013                           1 John 1:1-4 Outline
 7. Fellowship Basics                                        12/08/2013                           1 John 1:5-10 Outline
 8. Deliverance from Sin                                12/15/2013                           1 John 2:1-2 Outline
 9. Do You Love Your Brother                      12/22/2013                           1 John 2:3-11 Outline
10. Do You Love the World                            01/05/2013                          1 John 2:12-17 Outline
11. Do You Know the Truth                           01/12/2014                        1 John 2:18-27 Outline
12. Who Are the Children of God               01/19/2014                           1 John 2:28-3:10 Outline
13. Love, an Evidence of Life                        01/26/2014                          1 John 3:11-18 Outline
14. Assurance, the Result of Love             02/02/2014                          1 John 3:19-24 Outline
15. Discerning the Truth                              02/09/2014                           1 John 4:1-6 Outline
16. Manifesting His Love                               02/16/2014                           1 John 4:7-21 Outline
17. We Are the Champions                           02/23/2014                           1 John 5:1-5 Outline
18. Three Assuring Witnesses                    03/02/2014                           1 John 5:6-12 Outline
19. Certainties of the Saved  (a)                 03/09/2014                          1 John 5:13-17 Outline
20. Certainties of the Saved (b)                 03/16/2014                          1 John 5:18-21 Outline

            C. Suggested Bibliography:


Barclay, William.  The Letters of John and Jude.  Westminster Press, Philadelphia, PA; 1960.
Bruce, F. F.  The Epistles of John. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI; 1970.
Burdick, Donald W. The Epistles of John.  Moody Press, Chicago, IL; 1970.
Calvin, John. The Gospel according to St. John and the First Epistle of John. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI; 1988.
Law, Robert.  The Tests of Life: A Study of the First Epistle of St. John. T & T Clark, Edinburgh; 1914.
MacArthur, John.  N.T. Commentary 1-3 John.  Moody Press, Chicago, IL; 2007.
Morris, Leon.  1 John, 2 John, 2 John. New Bible Commentary. Eerdmans Pub., Grand Rapids, MI; 1970.
Marshall, I. Howard.  The Epistles of John. (New International Commentary) Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI; 1990.
Stott, John R.W.  The Epistles of John.  (Tyndale) Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI; 1970.
Strauss, Lehman.  The Epistles of John. Loizeauz Brothers, Neptune, NJ; 1978.
Van Gorder, Paul R.  In The Family: Studies in First John.  Radio Bible Class, Grand Rapids, MI; 1978.
Wiersbe, Warren W.  Be Real: 1 John. Victor Books,  Wheaton, IL; 1987.
Wuest, Kenneth S.  Peter, John and Jude: In These Last Days in Greek N.T.  Moody Press, Chicago, IL; 1976.