Thursday, February 19, 2009

Living In Jesus (1 John 3)

  • Read the passage as a group, having each person read one verse.
  • What are the things that stick out at you in this passage?
    • Key Words
    • Big Ideas
    • Contrasts
    • Patterns
  • All of these verses (and those beyond) are unpacking a big truth: "We are the children of God"
  • Describe the ideal family meal.  What does it look like, sound like, feel like?  What is the interaction like?
  • What are some of the behaviors and attitudes that show someone to be a "child of God"?
  • Tell a story that illustrates what it means to be live rightly.
  • Do verses 6-10 teach that a Christian can never sin?  Why or why not?  What do these verses teach regarding Christians and sin?
  • What do you think it means to "live in him"? (vs. 6).  Read John 15:4-8.  Do these verses add any insight to the idea of "living in Jesus"?
  • How does a relationship change (for better and worse) when you live with someone?  How would your relationship with Jesus change if you literally lived with Him?
  • How have you experienced God's lavishing of love recently?  Do you think you would live more like His child, if you felt His love more often?  Why or why not?
  • How can we intentionally position ourselves in places to experience God's love?



  • Do verse by verse study in 1 John 3:11-24 (at least six verses)
  • Do practice verse together.

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