Transcribed from actual tape January 15, 1984 PM
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
I John 1:1-2:2
Tonight we begin a study of I John, the Epistles of John, the General Epistles,
as they are called, of John. As we begin this study, which will continue on
Sunday evenings from now til .....
Let's bow our heads for a word of prayer together. Father, we open Thy Book
expectantly. Lord, Thou dost know that so many times we've been reading
casually and listening haphazardly to the power of Thy Spirit. Thy Word
has burned and seared and implanted itself deep within us. Oh, Father, may
this be that occasion tonight and in the Sundays to come as we look at this
tremendous word from Thee. Lord, I pray again not vainly or tritely, not out
of habit or ritu&!, L aray that you'll let me gRt out of the way so that Thy
Word and Thy holy and divine message might be heard and applied right where
we'll be living tonight and in the tomorrows to come. We pray in Jesus'
blessed and holy name. Amen.
Contrary to your outline, we're going to move slowly through I John. Tonight
we'll get an overview of the book which will sort of put us together as we
proceed on succeeding Sunday evenings to deal with the basic themes in this
John writes in a homely fashion. He talks about family and friends and
neighbors and brothers and sisters. John in a very practical, down to
earth word. You can contrast the writings of John with the writings of
the apostle Paul. Paul is the theolog, he is the thologian. He engages in
doctrine and profound things and deep sounding things and principles and
precepts and basic places upon which we are called to stand as members of
God's family. But John just comes right across the plate. You don't have
any trouble understanding John. There's no haphazardness ...
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