In 2007 I had been a youth pastor for a little less than six months. I was very much out of my element. I had never worked with youth before and I wasn’t sure if I had what it took. I was struggling to find my way. I had been reading all about youth ministry, talking with some of the other youth ministers in town and trying to get a feel for what I was supposed to be doing.
During that time I began to read through John’s first pastoral letter. I don’t know how many times I read it over that month, but I know it was at least two or three dozen times. I don’t even know why I picked 1st John to begin with, but I knew one thing, I was reading that letter as if my life depended on it.
After reading the letter, I was impressed with several important realities that formed into convictions that have influenced and shaped the life and ministry. Over the next several weeks (maybe months) I will be walking through 1 John. I hope you can join me on the journey.