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We will finish the third chapter, beginning with Question 3 based on I John 3:15

We will then start on I John 4 and finish these questions next week.

God’s Love

1. In John’s time, fighting the issue of “Christology” (was Jesus God in the flesh from his inception), a follower just had to ask the “teacher” if he believed that Jesus was the Christ in the flesh. That answer would reveal all. But this may not suffice in our age. How would you “test the spirits?” Any examples of heresy discovered or sensed? (4:1)

2. Why is belief that Jesus was/is God in the flesh important? (4:2)

3. John says that we have overcome “them.” Who and how? (4:4)

4. In what way is the “spirit of God greater than the one who is in the world?” How do we reflect (or not) this truth in our daily lives? (4:4)

5. How does love being the essence of God’s nature affect us? Can a non-believer be affected by God’s love? How or in what way? (4:8)

6. Love one another. What hinders us? (4:7, 11)

7. To be “made complete” in Greek is “teleioō” which means, literally, “to overcome or supplant an imperfect state of things by one that is free from objection, to bring to an end, to bring to its goal/accomplishment, to be made perfect.” What would God’s love “completed” in us look like? Sound like? Feel like? (4:12, 17)

8. In verse 4:14, it says the Father sent His Son to be the Savior [Rescuer] of the World. Is that working out? Why or Why not?

9. Why does “perfect love drive out fear?” (verse 4:18)

10. What would loving someone . . . someone you do not love today . . . look like? What would you do first?

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1. Why would someone be uncertain and ashamed upon Jesus’s return? If Jesus returned today, right now, what would you feel. (How does daily confession fit into this question?)
2. How are we “children of God?” Is this related to being Born Again? How? What does it mean to “be like Jesus when he appears?” (vs 3:2)
3. How does our hope in Christ bring purification? What does hope look like? (vs 3:3) See parables in Matthew 24 & 25: Wise and Faithful Servant; Wise and Foolish Virgins; Parable of the Talents; Sheep & Goats. Are you ready?
4. What is our part in the purification process?
5. What differentiation is there between lawlessness and breaking the law? What is sin in this context? Does attitude make a difference?
6. If Jesus came to “take away our sin,” and we have accepted Jesus as our savior, why are we still sinning? Are we of the devil? (vs eight)
7. What is “God’s seed” in verse 9? What is the role of God’s seed to keep us from habitual sin?
8. How would you define the word sanctification?

Questions for Week 3.

1. What or who is the antichrist? What is the spirit of antichrist? Difference?
2. What does it mean to be anointed? What does it do for the person being anointed? What does that look like? Feel like? How does it manifest? Is it still for our time? Why or why not?
a. A few references of interest: I Samuel 16:12-13; Luke 3:22; Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38; John 15:26
b. More references: Exodus 29:21; Ex 40:9; Ex 40:15;
c. What is the anointing oil? Why do we use it today (if at all)?
3. What does it mean to abide in Christ? What is the opposite of abiding? (What do each look like?)
4. Have you ever been duped and found yourself in a situation that was not healthy? Do you fear false teaching? How can that be avoided?

1. Why does John refer to his listeners as “dear children?” Does it make a difference?
2. If Christ has atoned for the sins of the world, why must we be “saved?” Doesn’t that sacrifice count with or without our participation?
3. What does sacrifice look like? How does it work?
4. What are the two tests of an authentic Christian journey (see I John 1:9 and 2:3)
5. To what is John referring when he speaks of the old commandment and the new commandment in verse 2:7?
6. How does hate blind us? How do we get out of the darkness? Is there such a thing as “twilight walking” vs. walking in the light or walking in darkness?
7. In I John 2:6, there are three groups identified… why? What do these mean? And what is John offering to the those groups?
8. How do we understand the difference between I John 2:15 (“Do not love the world…”) with John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world…”)
9. How does loving the world keep us away from a loving Father, specifically? What are some of the symptoms?

As we meet on Wednesday, the 13th, we’ll be discussing the first Chapter of I John. Here are some questions that you might consider beforehand:

1. If you could imagine true Christian fellowship, what would it look like?
2. Should Christian friendship/fellowship be deeper than non-Christian ones? Why or Why not?
3. Can you have Koinonia with Jesus and not have it with others, or vice versa?
4. What does it really mean to walk in the light?
5. How do we overcome sin and return to the light again?
6. How does confession fit in and what difference does it make?

Please bring your own questions as well. See you then.