I John Outline
AUTHOR: Chapman, Don
PUBLISHED ON: May 6, 2003
PUBLISHED IN: Bible Studies
TAGS: 1 John

                          I John Outline
                      by Pastor Don Chapman

I.    Introduction  1:1-4
      A) The importance of doctrine  1:1-2
      B) Doctrine is the basis of having fellowship
          with God and other believers  1:3
      C) The primary reason for this letter  1:4
II.  The requirement for fellowship with God  1:5-10
III.  The second reason for this letter  2:1-2
IV.  How to tell if a believer is in fellowship 2:3-12
      A) He will obey the Word of God  2:3-5
      B) He will walk as Jesus Christ walked  2:6
      C) He will have AGAPE love for other believers 2:7-11
V.    The reason John took the time to write to these
      believers  2:12-14
VI.  Exhortation to not be worldly  2:15-17
VII.  Signs of the last days  2:18-23
      A) Many antiChrists  2:18
      B) Many people will leave local churches 2:19-20
      C) People will deny the true nature of Christ  2:21-23
VIII. Exhortation to cling to the true doctrine about the
      nature of Christ  2:24-27
IX.  Exhortation to stay in fellowship in order to be prepared
      for the Rapture  2:28-29
X.    Believers who are prepared for the Rapture are different from
      the world  3:1-24
      A) They respond to God  3:1a
      B) The world does not understand them  3:1b
      C) They have a hope the world will never have  3:2
      D) They keep themselves pure and love other believers  3:3-24
XI.  Warning to not believe everything someone tells you  4:1-6
XII.  Exhortation to love other believers  4:7-21
XIII. Second exhortation to continue to believe in Christ’s true
      nature  5:1-12
XIV.  Third reason for writing this letter  5:13
XV.  The benefits of staying in fellowship  5:14-17
XVI.  Signs which prove that a believer is in fellowship  5:18-21
      A) He is not a slave to sin  5:18
      B) He is not a slave to Satan  5:18
      C) He is not a slave to the world  5:19
      D) He continues to believe in Christ’s true nature  5:20-21

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