Sunday morning we heard from David Horton of the Gideons International about the work of the Gideons to spread the Word of God. I’d encourage you to check out their information. As I said Sunday, while I’m a firm believer and strong supporter of most everything Southern Baptists do through the Cooperative Program and all the missions and ministry involved, I don’t think you would go wrong supporting the Gideons and Wycliffe Bible Translators either.
Sunday night we started into 1 John. We’re going to be there for the next few weeks looking at what the Apostle John has to say in this book. Here’s the link to last night’s sermon audio post. You can pull the feed here, but if that doesn’t make sense for you, just skip it.
A little background on 1 John: if you want to grab a good debate about authorship, I’ll point you to Pate’s
The Writings of John: A Survey of the Gospel, Epistles, and Apocalypse
I’ll side with the majority of tradition here: the Apostle John wrote the Gospel of John, 1, 2, and 3 John, and Revelation. There are some other suggestions, namely that an early church leader named “John” wrote some of these or that John’s disciples may have written portions. The evidence is there and worth examining, but I’d stick with the traditional interpretation for now.
John begins with the reminder that he, and those with him, are not merely making up what they are teaching and preaching. Rather, that it is a matter of eyewitness record---not only John but others have seen and heard.
So, there will be more on 1 John in the weeks to come!