In this episode of Help Me Teach the Bible, I talked with David Helm, lead pastor of Holy Trinity Church in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago and executive director of The Charles Simeon Trust, which offers workshops on biblical exposition both nationally and internationally. He is also a Council member of The Gospel Coalition.
Helm admits most Bible teachers find the circular argument style of John challenging to grasp, but his vivid metaphors such as “light,” rich words such as “abide,” and often-misunderstood concepts such as “antichrist,” have made 1 John his current favorite book. (As with most teachers, his favorite book is usually the book he is currently teaching through.)
- Homilies on the First Epistle of John (The Words of St. Augustine: A Translation for the 21st Century)
- 1, 2, and 3 John (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Robert W. Yarbrough
- The Letters of John (The Pillar New Testament Commentary) by Colin G. Kruse
- 1, 2, and 3 John (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Karen Jobes