Greetings! Below you will find questions which reference the sermon preached on Sunday, August 25th, 2013 at The Park. Each week new questions are posted to track along with the sermons. Work hard to facilitate discussion. Listen to the hearts around the room and close with prayer.

Intro to 1 John: 

Jesus, despite what you may have heard, was fully man and fully God.  I saw Him, I touched Him, I did life with Him.  The fellowship I had as an Apostle, the eye witness of Jesus’s life and miracles, is now readily available for all of you who will confront the most venomous reality, one from which we all come.  To have fellowship with this God-Man you have to confront your love disorder, you must face up to the fact you love something more than your Heavenly Father.  That love, that trust in something else is forcing you into the darkness.  These idols, the beginning of sin, are the anti-fellowship, the anti-community, and let’s face it… they are robbing you of the Joy of life with Jesus.  Stop pretending you don’t have idols, be honest.  That’s what confession is all about, it’s you stepping into the light of Jesus, the light of a faith community.  He can smash these idols but only when we finally confess they exist.


  • What are some observations you had from this chapter?
  • Were there any new insights you learned about the passage from the sermon?
  • What theology was present in this chapter?
  • What did you learn about God from reading this chapter?
  • Verse 6 gives a definition of abiding. What does it mean to walk in the same way that Jesus walked?
  • In what ways are you being challenged to walk in the same way as Jesus walked?
  • There are a lot of theological implications in verse 2. What does it mean that Jesus is the “propitiation” of our sins? It says that Jesus covered over the sins of “the whole world.” How does that fit into your theology?
  • Love continues to be one of the dominant words and themes of this book. What is the difference between “love of the world” and “love of the Father,” in verse 15?
  • How does the concept of love fit with abiding (verse 10)?