The Johannine Epistles (Day 2)

960b83c436e34f5ea4a1e5c7e6d5191eWell it’s official, Cool has got to get a Starbucks! It really is the best way to get your day started. I know that because that’s how I started my day and it was marvelous. After picking up my hot cup of coffee and heading down to the seminary via a very questionable route provided to me by Siri I arrived just in time to get myself setup and ready for the class.

There isn’t enough time (or space) to relate everything that I learned today, but here were some of the highlights for me from today’s class.

1) I was struck by the fact that Dr. Yarbrough took nearly an hour out of class to get to know us, ask questions about us and to pray for us. For me, it showed a tremendous amount of sensitivity and pastoral care that he would take time to get to know and to pray for his students.

2) I was encouraged at how much Greek I have retained and at my ability to interact with the text on a critical level. Every seminary student graduates and vows to keep up with their Greek, but somehow in the hustle and bustle of life…well, we just tend to forget. Today was a real encouragement to me that I have kept up on my Greek pretty well. I even passed a vocab quiz that I hadn’t even studied for!

3) There is much discussion about the origin of the first letter of John and even more discussion about who he was writing against in this letter (i.e. Docetism), but all of this really misses the point. This is a letter about God, more specifically it is a letter about communion with God (fellowship). 1 John is a testimony to what John experienced in his fellowship with the Son and an application of that fellowship to his readers.

4) If you could only pick one thing that 1 John is about it would be 1 John 1:5 – “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all.”

5) John wrote five books of the New Testament (John, 1-3 John and Revelation). Church history tells us that John lived in Jerusalem until the mid 60’s when he and the rest of the apostles left the city in anticipation of the coming judgment against the city by the Romans. John ended up moving to the city of Ephesus where he oversaw the Ephesian church as well as the six churches that surrounded Ephesus (same seven churches addressed in Revelation 2-3). It’s entirely likely that the intended recipients of 1 John were in this cluster of churches, or possibly the entire cluster.

6) Sometimes being adventurous pays off…and sometimes it doesn’t. I decided to be very adventurous tonight and find a sushi place to see if I could develop a taste for it…suffice to say that I didn’t. I think I’ve realized that the only kind of sushi I like is fried in someway, but apparently that’s offensive to ask for when you go to a nice sushi place Smile.

Not only is Starbucks the best way to begin your day, but as I sit here sipping my Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte I am equally convinced that it is a superb way to end your day. Needless to say, I will be back.

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January 07 2013 07:15 pm | Johannine Epistles

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