Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “Love That Overcomes.”
1. Name someone who has been a model for you of living for God. What is it about them that would lead you to describe them in that way?
2. Today, we are looking at 1 John 2:12-17. In the first section, verses 12-14, John addresses three categories of people. Name the categories of people and take some time to reflect on the characteristics of each category.
3. While there is debate on whether these are physical ages or spiritual ages, it seems like John is describing categories along the continuum of spiritual maturity. If that’s the case, where would you place yourself on this continuum of spiritual maturity: a ‘child’ (new to the faith), a ‘young man’ (maturing), or a ‘father’ (mature)?
4. In verses 15-17, John offers a stark contrast between love of the world and love for Father God. Identify the contrasts between the Father and the world in these verses.
5. It is worth taking the time to understand what John means by ‘the world’. Read the following verses and then reflect on what John means in verses 15-17:
- 1 John 2:2
- 1 John 3:1
- 1 John 3:13
- 1 John 4:4
- 1 John 4:9
- 1 John 4:17
- 1 John 5:19
6. What three things does John mention as coming from the world in verse 16? Spend some time discussing what these are all about. Which one of these things has the greatest hold on you at present?
7. What is one specific way you could take a step forward to grow with God in response 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.