Children of God
The letter of 1 John reminds us of who we are as Christians, which necessarily flows from rightly understanding who Christ is. Responding to false teachers, the letter provides clear identifiers of true believers. It draws heavily on the language and themes from the Gospel of John such as light, life, love, sin, obedience, and family. Rather than a logical-sequential argument that builds from one passage to the next, topics are introduced and then returned to multiple times. Therefore, each of our teachings will begin with a particular passage but draw significant insight and expression from parallel passages in 1 John and the Gospel of John. Our goal, like John's, is to provide clear expressions of a faithful Christian life by looking at both our identity and our activity as Christians. Join us in our study of 1 John!
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We encourage you to spend some time with God this week and go a bit deeper on this topic. Please consider these study questions for further reflection:
1 John 3 talks about us being Children of God because of God's great love for us. We are born again, not of flesh, but from the Father. Is there a difference in your life from before you gave your life to Christ versus what it looks like now?
We are told that if we abide in God, or remain focused on him and resting in his presence, then we cannot remain in sin. If you are looking to God in prayer, knowledge, and focus, do you think it's possible to be sinning while completely focused on him?
We've probably all heard the saying that actions speak louder than words. If we are children of God, are our actions representing God? If the world looks at you, does it see God reflected in you? If not, what needs to change?
Additional Scriptures to explore:1 John 3:1-10; John 1:9-12; Matthew 22: 37-40