Unlike most New Testament letters, 1 John has no greeting or farewell. Some think it may actually be a transcript of a verbal message John gave when John was fairly old and living around Ephesus. It was to the church in Ephesus that Jesus said:
ESV Revelation 2:4 . . . I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.
Perhaps this sermon (1 John) is John‚Äôs way of helping the Ephesian church in light of what Jesus said. This letter explains how we can have a closer relationship with God, just like the apostles had.
Stephen Atkerson (M.Div., Mid-America Baptist Seminary) helps church leaders discover simple growth strategies that Jesus gave the early church. For over 30 years, he has worked with evangelists, missionaries, church planters, and pastors in Asia, the Americas, Europe and...