The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.



When you see a word marked like *this, you will find the word explained in a Word List. You will find the list at the end of this article.



Here are a few words to help you to read the New Testament book of 1 John. 1 John is one of the books that we call the “general letters.” Paul did not write these books. Other leaders in the early *church wrote them. They wrote these letters to help encourage the people of God. The New Testament includes eight of those letters.


After you read what the book of 1 John is about, you will find some verses to read. These verses will help you understand John. You will see what was important to him.


1 John


John was one of the first disciples of Jesus. He wrote the Gospel of John. He was a leader in the early church and lived to be an old man. In this letter, he tells people that Jesus was truly a man. He was not only a spirit. He had a body. Many people saw and touched him. Jesus came to save those who believe. John uses words like life, love, and life. He wants to help people know more about Jesus. He wants the people who believe to know how they should live.


Reading 1 John
Verses to Get You Started


God forgives *sins.
1 John 1:5-10

God’s children should love others.
1 John 2:7-11

Jesus shows us how to live.
1 John 3:16-20

We love because God loved us.
1 John 4:7-11

God gives us eternal life.
1 John 5:10-12

Word List

Church: A group of people who follow and believe in Jesus Christ. A meeting of those who believe in Jesus Christ.

Sin: Evil deeds. When we do things against God and other people. When we do not obey God’s rules.