Effect of the Gospel – 1 Thessalonians 2

Read the Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2

Sharing the Gospel (2:1–12)

Thus far in his epistle, Paul’s approach to encouraging the believers in Thessalonica has been two-fold. First, Paul reminded the church of their identity in Christ, as he noted that they were “in . . . the Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 1:1), that they were “elect by God” (1 Thess. 1:4), and that they had believed the message of the gospel (cf. 1 Thess. 1:6). Continue reading Effect of the Gospel – 1 Thessalonians 2

Christian Hospitality – 3 John

Read the Passage: 3 John

Author and Date: The epistle of 3 John is the shortest book in the Bible, consisting of only 14 verses and containing just 219 words. Note that some people mistake 2 John for being shorter than 3 John, since 2 John has only 13 verses; yet, 3 John is significantly shorter in actual word count. Continue reading Christian Hospitality – 3 John

Love and Truth – 2 John

Read the Passage: 2 John

Author and Date: The book of 2 John is the second shortest book in the Bible, comprising only 13 verses and containing just 245 words. Only the book of 3 John is shorter. 2 John is technically anonymous, as the author merely refers to himself as “the Elder” (2 John 1). Continue reading Love and Truth – 2 John