Greetings! Below you will find questions which reference the sermon preached on Sunday, September 1st, 2013 at The Park. This week we studied chapter 2:26 to chapter 3:3. 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?
- What does it mean to be a child of God (3:1&2)? What does it mean to be a child of Satan (3:10)? For what purpose is John setting up this dichotomy (salvation, fruit bearing, right living, something else)? Why did John think this paradigm helpful for the church? Is this still a helpful paradigm today?
Read 1:8-9 and 3:9. Are these two verses in conflict with each other? What is the lesson to be learned from each?
How is the Love of God defined in chapter 3, specifically verses 16 through 18? Should there be a limitation on this type of love (when, where, to what degree)? What are some of the challenges in your life keeping you from living with this love?
Bottom Line: If we, as the church, would learn to listen to and trust the Spirit, we wouldn’t need a teacher. How do we listen to the Spirit and what implications does it have?