Little teaser there as we dig into our fourth apostle this week, John—“the apostle of love”. Homework is to read chapter 5 in “Twelve Ordinary Men”.
Arguably, John is the most familiar to all of us because he’s written most of the New Testament. As such, there’s much to draw from on his personality and character. In reading back through Chapter 5 (again), I’ve taken back by John’s focus on the “black and white” of human life. In other words, John sees things as absolute. He’s very set on what doctrine teaches and the consequences as such. But notice what our author says of John on page 98:
“He (John) is concerned primarily with the overall pattern of a person’s life. He wants to underscore the fact that righteousness, not sin, is the dominant principle in a true believer’s life. Those who read John carelessly or superficially might almost think his is saying there are no exceptions.”
-MacArthur, Twelve Ordinary Men, p. 98
As you read this week’s lesson, I’d encourage you not to focus on the final outcome of John….but rather on the journey along the way. The transformation of John is one of the most powerful lessons we can model even in modern times.
Again, MacArthur speaks (on page 105):
“The kingdom needs men who have courage, ambition, drive, passion, boldness, and a zeal for the truth. John certainly had all of those things. But to reach his full potential, he needed to balance those things with love. I think this episode was a critical rebuke that started to move him toward becoming the apostle of love he ultimately became.”
-MacArthur, Twelve Ordinary Men, p. 105
Rob Miller leads us this week. He promises lots of “nuggets galore” along the way! (Rob is always a treat when he leads!)
Cornwell Center parlor room; gather at 7:30 am. Lesson starts at 7:45 am.