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Thirteen times in 1 John the author calls his audience "children". This is unusual both now and back then - his readers were grown women and men, striving with adult problems, and living in a culture where children were not highly esteemed. Why does he write to them in this fatherly - almost "Sunday School" - way? Is it patronizing? Infantilizing? John says he's writing to them nothing new, but rather things they have already heard. This letter is a refresher course, written from love, to bring to focus things we intuitively know, and to give words to things we feel in our hearts. As children we had many "big" feelings that were hard to express. John takes us by the hand like a loving big brother to walk us through an exploration of our hearts, motives, and emotions. Instead of confronting us with radical doctrine or sophisticated arguments John simply tells us the simple truth. John was Jesus' best friend. When Jesus was dying on the cross he asked John to take care of his mother as if she were John's own mom. Peter was Jesus' right hand man and the leader of the early church, but no one knew the man Jesus better than John did. No one "got" him like John. This is a letter from someone who was on Jesus' wavelength. A crash course in the pure and simple truths of doctrine and a reminder that we don't need to overcomplicate things. Life may be complex, but God's love isn't.

August 14, 2022

Applied Learning

Speaker: Paul Leese Series: Sunday School Topic: God's Love, Obedience, Love, Loving Our Neighbor Passage: 1 John 3:16– 4:6

August 7, 2022

A Holy Confidence

Speaker: Brian Dobak Series: Sunday School Topic: Confidence, Confidence in God, Righteousness Passage: 1 John 2:28– 3:15

July 31, 2022

Don't Have a Summer Fling

Speaker: Zach Swanson Series: Sunday School Topic: Antichrist, Loving God, Love for God, Love for the World Passage: 1 John 2:15–27

July 24, 2022

Jesus 101

Speaker: Brian Dobak Series: Sunday School Topic: Jesus as Advocate, Example of Jesus Passage: 1 John 2:1–14

July 17, 2022

Keeping It Simple

Speaker: Jeremy Williams Series: Sunday School Topic: Relationship with Jesus, Light & Darkness Passage: 1 John 1:1–10

August 14, 2022

Applied Learning

Speaker: Paul Leese Series: Sunday School Topic: God's Love, Obedience, Love, Loving Our Neighbor Passage: 1 John 3:16– 4:6

August 7, 2022

A Holy Confidence

Speaker: Brian Dobak Series: Sunday School Topic: Confidence, Confidence in God, Righteousness Passage: 1 John 2:28– 3:15

July 31, 2022

Don't Have a Summer Fling

Speaker: Zach Swanson Series: Sunday School Topic: Antichrist, Loving God, Love for God, Love for the World Passage: 1 John 2:15–27

July 24, 2022

Jesus 101

Speaker: Brian Dobak Series: Sunday School Topic: Jesus as Advocate, Example of Jesus Passage: 1 John 2:1–14

July 17, 2022

Keeping It Simple

Speaker: Jeremy Williams Series: Sunday School Topic: Relationship with Jesus, Light & Darkness Passage: 1 John 1:1–10

July 3, 2022

The Way of Unity

Speaker: Brian Dobak Series: The Way Topic: Unity Passage: Acts 11:1–26

June 26, 2022

The Way of the Gospel

Speaker: David Kraiss Series: The Way Topic: Gospel, Transformation, Transformation & Growth, Unity Passage: Acts 10:1–48

June 19, 2022

The Way of Leadership

Speaker: Jeremy Williams Series: The Way Topic: Love, Relationships, Serving Others, Leadership Passage: Acts 9:32–43

June 12, 2022

The Way of Conversion

Speaker: Brian Dobak Series: The Way Topic: Conversion, Righteousness, Faith Passage: Acts 9:1–31

June 5, 2022

The Way of Discipleship

Speaker: Brian Dobak Series: The Way Topic: Discipleship, Evangelism, Identity Passage: Acts 8:26–40

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