Children of Light
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:
How did the Holy Spirit affect you during and after this time of fellowship and teaching? In other words, how were you challenged, encouraged, affirmed, or corrected in your walk with God? What is God placing on your heart?
If you believe that God is light and He wants what is BEST for you, then are you choosing to walk in His light? Are you choosing to follow Christ and reflect His light, despite your sin and failure - to be love, forgiveness, and a servant to the world?
Consider the promise of forgiveness and cleansing that comes with confessing our sins to God. Do you believe that God has wiped away the stain of your sin, or do you have difficulty accepting that this forgiveness is for you? What stands in your way from confessing to Him that you are a sinner and accepting this perfect gift from God?." What does it mean to remain (or abide) in Jesus? What is this fruit that results from remaining in Jesus?
Additional Scriptures to explore: 1 John 1:5-10; John 8:12; Romans 8:28; Psalm 86:5; Colossians 3:13; 1 John 4:8,16; Mark 10:45; Philippians 2:4-7