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.
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?