05.27.2018 | “1 John Week 2 (1.5 – 2.2)”
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If someone asked your close friends (again: FRIENDS, not enemies), what would they say were your most notorious character flaws?
Would you agree with them?
In Romans 7, the apostle Paul (an early church leader) makes a brilliant insight into what it means to be human in a most fundamental sense.
Read Romans 7:15-19.
What about this passage resonates with you? What are the things that YOU do “but don’t want to do”?
What conclusion does Paul draw in verse 20?
Do you agree? How would you say this in your own words?
(SIDE NOTE: It’s important to remember here that at the time Paul is writing these words, he’s been following Jesus- and a church LEADER- for decades!)
Read verses 21-25.
According to these verses, what’s the solution for Paul’s (and our) situation, and how does he respond?
Have you ever thought about what it would mean to be rescued from your brokenness?
If not, what would it look like to embrace the forgiveness of Jesus right now?
Getting Out of the Hole
Embrace the freedom of forgiveness of God through Jesus, and live in that freedom by daily thanking God for His love and mercy.
Faith is not ONLY having fellowship with God; God calls us to have fellowship with ONE ANOTHER (which we primarily do here at E3 through Growth Groups).
Want to know if you are in true fellowship with one another as a group? Occasionally ask yourselves these questions:
- Are there unresolved tensions or conflicts within the group/relationship?
- Are you spending adequate time together? If not there can never be intimacy.
- Are we communicating openly and honestly? (The sharing of thoughts, concerns, feelings, plans – even motives- is indispensable to true fellowship.)
- Do we share the same vision?
- Are we committed to this relationship? (If the relationship is not a priority, then fellowship will never be a reality!)
- Are we laying aside our own agendas and looking out for the best interest of others? (Self-centeredness cannot coexist with fellowship)