First Fifteen

Life in Christ (1 John 1)

December 20, 2020 Ron and Angela Oltmanns Season 4 Episode 16
First Fifteen
Life in Christ (1 John 1)
Show Notes

"God has come.  We have heard and seen him and touched him with our own hands..."  This is John's boldly audacious claim in 1 John 1, and he has more bold and striking things to say.  John sticks to the truth and boils it down to the essence, which is why we're listening to him. 

If you are trying to have a quiet time, getting started in a relationship with God or seeking guidance at this point in your life, you're in the right place.

In fifteen minutes or less you will listen to God's word for you, reflect on it and learn to pray to God as well as carry that word with you through the rest of your day.  It's a perfect way to get started!

In season four we are praying through some of the letters in the Bible.  Today we are starting 1 John.   Although the author never introduces himself and the name John doesn't appear anywhere in the letter, the language and themes are so strikingly similar to the gospel of John that there can be no coincidence.  John's community is dealing with division and very real questions about how to live out their faith.  The problems ultimately involve you see Christ and how you live in fellowship with him and others.

The central focus of this letter comes down to something simple yet profound:  love.  How do we love God and show proper love to other people?   John gives us some very helpful insights. 

We are using the letters to grow closer to God in season four.  We can't exhaust the riches in each part of scripture we cover, but you can go deeper into them on your own using our four step process.  You can download the helpsheet that details and demonstrates the four step process we use on First Fifteen using Psalm 1.

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