Tag: 1 John 2:15-17


On March 6, 2016, at First Baptist Church, Irving, TX, I preached on 1 John 2:15-17. This is the famous passage where Christians are exhorted not to love the world. What on earth does John mean? The structure of this text is often missed by expositors. The text has one main point, encoded in the   …Continue Reading

Outlining & Preaching 1 John 2:15-17, Part 2

“Outlining & Preaching 1 John 2:15-17 – Part 2”[1] Part 1 examined the structural outline of the passage, carefully looking at the sentence and clausal structure. Now we examine the semantic (meaning) relationships between the clauses and sentences themselves in order to understand the overall structure of the passage. From this, we will be able   …Continue Reading

How to Outline and Preach 1 John 2:15-17 – Part 1

Expository preaching, especially of the letters of the New Testament, should, at a minimum, deal with a paragraph. Why? Linguists now point out that meaning is found beyond the sentence level. When the preacher restricts his focus to the sentence level and to clauses and phrases in verses, there is much that is missed in   …Continue Reading