Contributed on Jun 4, 2015
John opens his first letter with an honest proclamation of what God has given us: The Life appeared, we have seen it and testify to it, and because of that we proclaim to you eternal life is available to all which gives us tremendous joy!
Having Complete Fellowship 1 John Bible Study, Part 1 1 John 1:1-4 Introduction - The author of this letter (or epistle) is the disciple, John - This Epistle was probably written in Ephesus between the years 95–110. -- It was written to counter Docetism: belief that Jesus did ...read more
Contributed on Jun 22, 2015
“Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar … AND the truth is not in that person.” John's words cause a POWERFUL examination in our lives that if we are truly followers of Christ, we MUST obey what He commands.
Those who know God, must obey God 1 John Bible Study, Part 3 1 John 2:1-6 Introduction - Last week, John gave us tremendous insight into living fully for Christ -- In his words we saw three specific applications for us to live by • If we live in the dark, God does not live ...read more
Contributed on Jun 28, 2015
The world’s values do not last for eternity, they are self-centered and empty. John’s cry to the believer here is asking, “Who do you live for?” Will we love and live for God or ourselves?
To Love is God’s Commandment 1 John Bible Study, Part 4 1 John 2:7-17 Introduction - Last week, John gave us tremendous insight into living fully for Christ • We have an Advocate • We must live for Him • God makes us complete - V4 is the confirmation of ...read more
Contributed on Jul 27, 2015
We already have the teachings of truth; they’re placed in our hearts from God. Our battle is with religion that seeks to control through doubt/fear/lies; this is what we must teach against through love and the truth of God.
Anti-Christs Among Us 1 John Bible Study, Part 5 1 John 2:18-27 Introduction - Last time, John gave us tremendous insight into living fully for Christ • We have an Advocate • We must live for Him • God makes us complete - V4 is the confirmation of this ...read more
Contributed on Oct 8, 2015
John concludes his first letter with wisdom and affirmation that each of us can use today. We must keep ourselves from the things that are ungodly (idols), yet live purposefully showing Christ to all we encounter.
Be encouraged; Live for God 1 John Bible Study, Part 13 1 John 5:13-21 Introduction - If you accept God’s testimony and believe on it for yourself (v9) -- You have internal assurance of what God has done and consider it true -- You cannot believe something without knowing and ...read more
Contributed on Aug 7, 2015
A poor commitment to holiness stems from one thing: We do not fully comprehend all that we have become in Christ when we are His. Will we fully submit to Jesus as Lord in every part of our lives?
God’s Love is Unmatched 1 John Bible Study, Part 6 1 John 2:28-3:3 Introduction - Last time, John gave us tremendous insight into living fully for Christ - We are challenged to hold true to what we know; to the truth of God -- We shouldn’t worry about losing salvation; ...read more
Contributed on Aug 26, 2015
If we live for God, we strive for righteous things that are His; but if we live for the devil, we strive for unholy things that are his. Our choice is simple, we must choose to live for God!
Don’t be led astray 1 John Bible Study, Part 7 1 John 3:3-10 Introduction - John refers to the world suddenly not knowing who we are anymore (v1-3) -- Well, this is actually NOT the first time that this happened in scripture -- John 1:10-11, “He was in the world, and though ...read more
Contributed on Oct 3, 2015
The testimony of God for us is simple: 1) He has given us eternal life; 2) this life is in his Son. As we live, we must be willing to always remember this and share it with others as often as we can.
God’s Testimony for Us 1 John Bible Study, Part 12 1 John 5:1-12 Introduction - v19 … We love because He first loved us: especially when we were unlovable -- It is God who made our relationship with Him possible -- We had absolutely nothing to do with it – we ...read more
Contributed on Aug 27, 2015
Our command therefore for living rightly is simple: believe in Jesus Christ and love one another as He has commanded. It’s in the fruit of our lives where we see whether or not this is being lived out.
What is love? 1 John Bible Study, Part 8 1 John 3:11-24 Introduction - We have been born of God (v9), therefore He lives within us -- His seed is: The word, The Holy Spirit, and the regenerate spirit we gain -- Scripture repeatedly reminds us that we are born again -- That we should ...read more
Contributed on Sep 24, 2015
We love because God first loved us, especially when we were completely unlovable. We must remember it is God who made our relationship with Him possible, and Christians should approach Him with confidence knowing His love for us is without end.
No Fear in Love 1 John Bible Study, Part 11 1 John 4:14-21 Introduction - A person saved by love (Christ’s love for us) must be able to show love -- We may have trouble loving perfectly, but there is a difference between: • Loving perfectly, and, • Not loving at all ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2015
God has given us His Spirit to dwell within us forever, to show us what love is, and the Spirit loves those who are unlovable ... we just respond to His calling. So, how much energy do we waste holding onto anger and malice?
God’s Love for Us 1 John Bible Study, Part 10 1 John 4:7-12 Introduction - For us, there can be no test greater than how we handle the word of God -- It is where our promise is; and where we must be prepared to lead others to - Who is within us? -- Romans 8:9, “You, ...read more
Contributed on Sep 3, 2015
The ministry of the Holy Spirit allows us to hear from God; to discern His voice. Therefore, prayer, meditation, and knowing the voice of Him is critical! Do we know His truth over the noise of everything else competing for our attention?
Testing the Spirits 1 John Bible Study, Part 9 1 John 4:1-6 Introduction - John gives us an incredible truth to hold onto (20) -- We will fail, even though we desire to be holy and to live right for God -- However, even in that, God knows our heart and knows everything we are -- ...read more
Contributed on Jun 11, 2015
John gives us three very important concepts to grab hold of: If we live in the dark, God does not live within us; if we live in the truth, He is within us and we walk perfectly with Him; and lastly, repentance is more than words; it's a life change.
Forgiveness is found in Christ 1 John Bible Study, Part 2 1 John 1:5-10 Introduction - The author of this letter (or epistle) is the disciple, John - This Epistle was probably written in Ephesus between the years 95–110. -- It was written to counter Docetism: belief that ...read more