Thursday, February 19, 2009

Walking in the Light (1 John 2)

  • Why would we want to know "how not to sin?"  Is this the kind of information that most people would want?  Why or why not? According to 1:8-10, who needs to learn how to stop sinning?  Would the "argument" of 1:8-10, be compelling for all people (even the unsaved)?
  • What do you think it means that Jesus "speaks to the Father in our defense?"  Why would Jesus be an effective "defense attorney" for us?  What evidence would he use to make his case?
  • What comes to mind when you hear the word "atonement"?
    • atonement -- satisfaction or reparation for a wrong or injury; amends.
    • Who has been wronged?  Who needs to be satisfied?  To whom did Jesus pay our debt?
  •  If verse two explains how "salvation" happens, then verse three explains how to be certain of your salvation.  Does this verse answer the question, "How can I know if I'm saved?"  How?
  • In verses 4, 6, and 9; John explores three claims people make about their spirituality.  How do these claims interact with those made in 1:6, 1:8, and 1:10?  Are the character traits claimed, things we should pursue in our lives?  According to these passages, how can we know when these claims are true?  What do these principles teach us about the character traits of a "true disciple"?
  • Compare verses 9-11 with John 13:34-35.  Why do you think John calls this an "old" command?  Notice that he ties the "newness" of the command to his audience's experience with Jesus.  Why do you think their experience would make this a "new" command?
  • What are the specific characteristics John gives regarding those who walk in darkness and those who walk in light?  Which is to be preferred?
  • Discuss the significance of the following terms in 1 John:
    • Walk
    • Light
    • Love
    • Stumble
    • Darkness
    • Hate
  • What does all this mean to you?  How will you walk differently this week?


For Next Time:

  • Read and meditate on 1 John 2:12-17
  • Read the following passages and consider how they are related to 1 John 2:15-17:
  • Matthew 5:13-16
  • 1 Cor. 7:29-31
  • 1 Peter 2:11-12

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