06.03.2018 | “1 John Week 3 (2.1 – 2.14)”
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This week will be a bit of a “choose your own adventure,” centered around the key words and concepts of this passage. If you’re doing this with your Growth Group, it will probably be best to choose to focus ONE of the words/concepts, and maybe do the other two in your own morning personal prayer/devotional time.
First read 1 John 2:1-11 together.
Read John 14:16-17
Why do you think Jesus says, “ANOTHER Companion” (or “Advocate”)?
In this context, it’s helpful to think of the Holy Spirit as doing the same things for US TODAY as Jesus did while he was on the earth with his disciples.
What types of things did Jesus do for his followers while he was alive? Spend some time telling stories of what you know from the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).
Do you think Jesus wants to do or be the same for us today? Why or why not?
Have you experienced this?
HOW do you think someone can experience more of the “Companion/Advocate” (Holy Spirit) in their life? What practical steps can someone take?
Spend some time sharing wisdom from your group about this, OR read and meditate on John John 20:21-22. Spend some time in personal prayer, asking God to allow you to experience more of His Holy Spirit.
“Loving God, Loving People.”
One of the central elements of Jesus’ teaching (as well as many first century Jewish rabbis’) was the unity between loving God and loving people.
Read John 15:15-12 AND Mark 12:28-31.
Most of us “skew” to one side or the other.
Which side of the continuum is easier for you: Loving God or loving people?
Why do you think people tend to separate these two commandments?
What can you do to bring balance to your life? Ask people in your life who are on the opposite side of the continuum.
What does “perfection” mean to you?
Is there an athlete/artist/actor/etc. who you would consider a COMPLETE example (e.g., Michael Jordan, etc.)?
How do you think they got that way?
Read Colossians 1:28.
Paul states succinctly here that his desire is to present all the people in this church as “complete” versions of Christ.
How do you respond to that?
Paul is alluding to this idea that in the faith there is a shared responsibility for growth and maturity (“perfection”). Part of the responsibility is for church leaders to encourage and teach, but part of the responsibility for that growth rests—just like with athletes and musicians—with us.
How is your PRACTICE of faith? How are you engaging in the PROCESS of completion?
What step forward can you take this week to take more responsibility for your part of the equation?