June 9, 2019
1 John 2:3-6
1. Before getting into the text, Pastor Nate mentioned that these tests found in this passage were actually rooted in love for the reader. How do these tests of whether one is actually a follower of Christ evidence of love?
2. In 1 John 2:3, John states that the one who actually knows Christ obey the Word of God. This line of thinking is seen in Jesus’ teaching in John 14:15. How does what we obey reveal what we value? What are some ways the Bible has impacted your priorities, or your schedule?
3. From 1 John 2:4, we see a description of the one who claims to know Christ, yet disobeys. How is it helpful to see John use such black & white, clear language concerning people in this position?
4. From the first part of 1 John 2:5, we then get the description of those who genuinely have a right relationship with God. How does this part of the verse show that our being in Christ is a work of God? Another way of asking, what happens when we try to keep the word on our own strength or be perfect in the love of God in our own doing?
5. We then see the second examination in the second half of 1 John 2:5 & 1 John 2:6. We first see that John speaks in 1 John 2:6 about abiding…which is to remain. How do we abide in Christ as followers of Christ?
6.Then Pastor Nate moved into the second half of 1 John 2:6 & the issue of what we resemble: do we resemble Christ or the world? What are ways we can resemble Christ? What does it look like to resemble the world?
7.Overall, this passage should lead us to examine ourselves according to the Scripture…but also to pray for others we know that they examine themselves according to Scripture. How can you love the people in your life in light of these words from 1 John we’ve studied so far?