God. Savior. Friend. The purpose of John's Gospel is simple - he wants the readers to know that Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God sent to this world to offer salvation for mankind. This book takes the reader behind the scenes of Christ's ministry in this world. It shows us Jesus as He was to those closest to Him. There’s a strong chance that no one in this world knew Jesus the Messiah better than the “disciple whom He loved.” If that’s true, then there’s no one better equipped to take us into these moments.
The Epistle of Joy If we examine this letter Paul sent to the Church in Philippi, we'll see that joy was on his mind. He was thankful for them and their relationship brought him great joy. The word itself is mentioned 18 times in the letter. Paul had endured difficult times but was overjoyed because of the support Christians (like the Philippians) had provided. Studying this letter should give each of us an appreciation for the role we can play in the lives of fellow Christians. We can easily bring joy into their lives in the very same manner.
Letters from Your Father The short epistles of Timothy and Titus are personal letters from Paul the Apostle to young men he had worked alongside of and was now sending out to work alone. The edification and encouragement found in these letters is truly inspiring. Both of them were his "sons" in the faith and its clear how much he loved them. When you combine Philemon and the story of Onesimus you see the relationships Paul built and how they’ve impacted people for generations.
The Epistle of Better Things The anonymous book of Hebrews was written to a group of Christians who considered leaving behind the Gospel and returning to Judaism. In a thorough, step-by-step process, the author lays out a detailed explanation why Jesus is better. There are chapters devoted to worship, to the New Covenant, and even the great Hall of Fame of Faith. In these moments, we see the beauty of God’s plan and the fulfillment of God’s promises in the life of Christ.
When Life Gets Tough The theme of these letters is quite simple - endure when life gets tough. Patience and hope matter. Peter spends his time in the first letter teaching them how to live through constant hostility without losing hope; without becoming bitter while trusting in God and looking forward to the second coming. The second letter focuses on being mindful of the world around you and your faith. Staying committed to God is the key.
With All Your Might Many things may see difficult to understand in this epistle, but one clear theme is certain - defend the faith you hold in Jesus Christ with all your might. The theme passage so often remembered is verse 3 which tells us to, “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” This short book contains quite a bit of practical advice.
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