Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Orthodox Church
Archpriest Steven C. Kostoff
4285 Ashland Ave, Cincinnati OH 45212 - (513) 351-0907

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Outline for Summer Bible Study, 1 John

 

Dear Parish Faithful,


"The three letters of Saint John were written by the Lord's beloved apostle who also wrote the fourth Gospel ... The first letter of Saint John is the simplest and deepest exposition of the Christian faith that exists. Its clarity concerning the Holy Trinity and the Christian life of truth and of love in communion with God makes it understandable without difficulty to anyone who reads it. It is the best place to begin a study of the Christian faith generally, and the Bible in particular ... "

Fr. Thomas Hopko

 

Summer Bible Study to Begin - Hopefully, the words of Fr. Thomas Hopko cited above will prove to be a stimulant to many of you concerning our Bible Study that will begin on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (We will meet in the church hall, as the education center is being thoroughly cleaned at the moment). Fight off the summer doldrums with the living Word of God as found in the Scriptures! By the way the church hall is now air-conditioned.

 

 

I JOHN
An Outline

  • 1:1-4 - Prologue: The Word of Life for the Community

 

  • 1:5- 2:27 - Opening Appeal to the New Community: God is Light
    • 1:5-2:2 The Experience of the Light: The Word of God in Jesus
    • 2:3-11 The Message of the Light: Knowledge of God is Fellowship in God
    • 2:12-27 The Crisis of the Light: The Dangers of the World

 

  • 2:28-4:6 - Central Appeal to the New Community: God is Righteous/Just
    • 2:28-3:10 The Mark of the True Children of God
    • 3:11-24 The New Covenant Commandment
    • 4:1-6 The Call of Discernment and the Testing of Spirits

 

  • 4:7-5:12 - Closing Appeal to the New Community: God is Love
    • 4:7-21 The Presence of God in Relationship: Love for God
      and One Another
    • 5:1-12 The Foundation of Love: Faith That Conquers the
      World

 

  • 5:13-21 - Epilogue: Prayer for the Faithful Community


*Taken from Interpreting the Gospel and Letters of John – An Introduction by Sheri Brown and Francis J. Moloney

 

Join us for our Summer Bible Study - Wednesday evenings beginning June 20!

 

Exploring the Truth that God is Light and Love -
 
The Three Catholic Epistles of St. John the Theologian
 
  • Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm beginning June 20.
  • Bring your Bible and bring a friend!

 

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“The three letters of Saint John were written by the Lord’s beloved apostle who also wrote the fourth gospel… The first letter of Saint John is the simplest and deepest exposition of the Christian faith that exists. Its clarity concerning the Holy Trinity and the Christian life of truth and of love in communion with God makes it understandable without difficulty to anyone who reads it. It is the best place to begin a study of the Christian faith generally, and the Bible in particular…”


- Fr. Thomas Hopko, The Orthodox Faith

 

For a good introduction, read Fr Thomas Hopko's chapter, The Letters of St John, from his catechism book, The Orthodox Faith.

 

This class would make a great introduction to Orthodoxy. Download and share our Bible Study Flier, and share this page on Facebook with your friends and family...

 

Watch this page for updates, reading assignments, and class notes fom Fr. Steven...

 

 


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