1–3 John: A 12-Week Study

By Michael LeFebvre, General Editor J. I. Packer, Series edited by Dane Ortlund, Lane T. Dennis

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The Knowing the Bible series is a resource designed to help Bible readers better understand and apply God’s Word. These 12-week studies lead participants through books of the Bible and are made up of four basic components: (1) reflection questions help readers engage the text at a deeper level; (2) “Gospel Glimpses” highlight the gospel of grace throughout the book; (3) “Whole-Bible Connections” show how any given passage connects to the Bible’s overarching story of redemption, culminating in Christ; and (4) “Theological Soundings” identify how historic orthodox doctrines are taught or reinforced throughout Scripture. With contributions from an array of influential pastors and church leaders, these gospel-centered studies will help Christians see and cherish the message of God’s grace on every page of the Bible.

The books of 1–3 John are full of practical wisdom for the Christian life. John wanted his readers to understand that as they grew in their understanding of their identity as children of God, they ought to grow in love for one another and in obedience to God’s commands.

Over the course of 12 weeks, this study helps us see what it looks like to truly love and follow Jesus in a world that “is passing away along with its desires”—a transformed life that comes through knowing the love of God in Jesus Christ.

Part of the Knowing the Bible series.

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Michael LeFebvre

Michael LeFebvre (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is an ordained Presbyterian minister and an Old Testament scholar. He is also a fellow with the Center for Pastor Theologians. Michael and his wife, Heather, have five children and live in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Product Details

Category: Bible Studies & Devotionals
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 96
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 5.85 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5489-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5489-6
ISBN-UPC: 9781433554896
Case Quantity: 50
Published: October 31, 2018

Table of Contents

Series Preface: J. I. Packer and Lane T. Dennis Week 1: Overview
Week 2: This Is the Message (1 John 1:1–2:11)
Week 3: Do Not Love the World (1 John 2:12–17)
Week 4: Abide in Him (1 John 2:18–3:10)
Week 5: Love One Another (1 John 3:11–4:6)
Week 6: Love One Another, Continued (1 John 4:7–21)
Week 7: Children of God (1 John 5:1–12)
Week 8: That You May Know (1 John 5:13–21)
Week 9: Cover Letter to the Congregation, Part 1 (2 John 1–6)
Week 10: Cover Letter to the Congregation, Part 2 (2 John 7–13)
Week 11: Cover Letter to the Pastor (3 John 1–15)
Week 12: Summary and Conclusion