1 John (1976)
There were many false teachers who had given false hope to some and dashed the assurance of some Christians. John addresses the question what are the distinguishing marks of a true believer, are these marks in your life.
2 & 3 John (Two Series) (1978) (1997)
These two short letters from the Apostle John are written to ordinary believers, to explain how to recognise true and false Christians by their love and by their life. Do they love the truth of God or themselves, do they obey God or follow their own ways? They deal with important attributes of the Christian, namely fellowship and character respectively.
Jude (Two Series) (1978) (1997)
Jude writes a short, but stern letter to rebuke sin, he denounces the false teachers and those who make light of sin, predicting their doom. He advises us how to maintain and build up our Christian faith and strengthen our love for the Lord.
Jude writes to warn of dangers in the early church. He emphasises the need for an effectual call to be a Christian, and urges us to be on the look-out for fifth columnists in the church.
1 John 1:1-2:6 An Introduction & What a True Christian is. 1 John 1:8-2:2 We are all backsliders. 1 John 2:1-11 1st Birthmark Moral. [Obedience to God & Hate sin]. 1 John 2:7-11 2nd Birthmark Social. [Love to Fellow Christians]. 1 John 2:12-17 All 3 Birthmark's are true of all Christians. 1 John 2:18-27 3rd Birthmark Doctrinal. [Right Belief]. 1 John 2:28-3:10 Moral Mark Obedience. [Expanded & adds Righteousness]. 1 John 2;15-3;3 (3;1-3) The past, present and future tenses. 1 John 3;1-10. Now... and then! 1 John 3:11-24 Social Mark Love. [Expanded & adds the Comfort of Assurance]. 1 John 4:1-13 Doctrinal Mark Right Belief. [Expanded & adds we must do so in a Loving Spirit]. 1 John 4:13-5:5 You can tell who’s a Christian, they have got all three Birthmarks. 1 John 5:6-13 Doctrinal Mark & the 3 Witness, Spirit, Water & Blood. 1 John 5:14-21 The Power & The Responsibility of Prayer, Backsliders & Apostates. 2 John 1:1-13 All about fellowship. (Experienced, Improving, Refusing & Expressing). 2 John 1:1-13 Truth, Love & Obedience. 3 John 1:1-14 All about character. (Truth, Love & Goodness). 3 John 1:1-14 Hospitality & Haughtiness. 3 John 1;1-14 Is your soul getting along well?
Jude 1:1-7 Sin matters to God & He will Judge sin. Jude 1:8-25 Five things about false teachers & five rules. Jude 1:1-11 Beware of fifth columnists! Jude 1:12-19 Descriptions & reminders. Jude 1:20-25 Remaining sure-footed. & the Purpose of life to serve God.