Today, we start a short series on 1 John. The very brief letters of John (1-3) are tucked away towards the end of the New Testament. It is widely accepted that they were written by the apostle John, the disciple of Christ who wrote the Gospel of John. These letters of John are amongst the last ‘books’ of the New Testament written, probably towards the end of the first century. By this stage John was an old man, a kaumātua, in the early churches. It’s not clear who the audience was in the letter of 1 John, but it is clear that John believed that the church was under threat by people who wanted to twist the Jesus story. John writes out of pastoral concern to remind them that God is love, and that love should define their community life together.