This is the Message (Study Questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “This is the Message.”

Discussion Questions

  1. Talk about a historical event that has happened in your lifetime: where were you when you heard about it?; what did people do around you?; what sort of message did it send to the nation or world or to you?
  2. As we begin this series, take the time to read the entire book of 1 John in one sitting. If you are in a small group, take time to read it out loud together in one sitting.
  3. There are three “if we claim” or “if we say” statements in 1 John 1:6-10. Where are they found and what do they say?
  4. Each of these “if we claim” statements has a negative and positive side. What are these contrasting elements?
  5. What do you think it means to walk in the light or walk in the darkness?
  6. How honest are you with your sin – with yourself, with God, or with others? What does this say about you?
  7. The term ‘atoning sacrifice’, which is used in 1 John 2:2 about Jesus, only occurs one other place in the entire New Testament, in 1 John 4:10. What is John telling his readers about Jesus through the use of this term?
  8. Identify one practical way you will respond to the message and study this week. Write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice this week. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another.

2 thoughts on “This is the Message (Study Questions)

  1. Glad to be back in verse-by-verse expositional teaching.
    The troubling verse for me is 1:9b (cleanse us from all unrighteousness). That’s what makes confession of sin (not unique to Christianity) so difficult. Confession implies conversion.

    • I’m glad to be back in the verse by verse approach, too, Bruce.

      There is a lot packed into this entire passage we looked at, but I do agree that verse 1:9b is both powerful and somewhat confusing at places.

      I think what you mean by “confession implies conversion” is that by nature of confession we are coming to Jesus as the Christ and truly atoning sacrifice for sin. Confession is by nature an act of allegiance or conversion or adherence to Jesus as Messiah and King. Am I reading you right? I’d appreciate continuing the conversation.

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