Returning to the Basics

1 John [not the Gospel of John] is an epistle written by John the Apostle.  The purpose of John’s epistle is to encourage Christians to return to the fundamental truths of the Christian faith.  To summarize, John is calling Christians to profess faith in Jesus that produces an obedience to Jesus’ teachings and a love for God and other believers.

Read 1 John 1, the introduction to John’s letter.

  1. What [or who] is the “word of life” John talks about?
  2. Does 1 John 1:1-4 remind you of another book of the Bible? [Hint: Think about the 1st chapter of one of the Gospels].
  3. What is the difference between “walking in the light” and “walking in darkness?”
  4. How do we make God a liar?

Focusing on Jesus

Over the past six weeks we explored the true identity of Jesus.  The eternal Son of God – God Himself – Jesus humbly died on the cross, offering the perfect sacrifice to God the Father in order to secure the forgiveness of our sins resulting in salvation. Enduring the punishment of sin and then conquering the grave through His resurrection, Jesus is now exalted to the right hand of God the Father, interceding for us, and sends the Holy Spirit to help Christians grow in faith and follow Him.

But what does faith in Jesus produce? We know faith results in conformity to the image of Christ displayed in holy attitudes [fruit of the Spirit] and good works, but why does faith result in these things?

Read Colossians 3:1-14.

  1. In verse 2 Paul says, “Set your minds on things that are above.” What do you think he means? Is this mindset a result of faith?
  2. What do the “old self” and “new self” represent?
  3. Do we “put on the new self” by ourselves?