Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on November 15, 2020
Passage: 1 John 5:13-21
This Sunday, Mike concluded our journey through 1 John by looking at five bedrock truths we should all build our lives on.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, or challenged you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What is the biggest “doubt” you’ve struggled with in your Christian journey?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. This Sunday we looked at five foundational truths that John reminds believers to hold onto. The first truth he gives to believers is that our eternity in heaven with the Lord is assured. In verse 13, John penned, “I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.”
- Why is it important for believers to have an assurance they are going to heaven after this life?
- What would be different if we didn’t have this assurance while on earth?
2. We also were reminded on Sunday that God hears our prayers and will answer our prayers if offered according to His will. In verse 14, John wrote, “And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.” How should the following passages guide how we pray?
Matthew 6:9-10 (ESV)
9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Luke 22:42-44 (ESV)
42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
- When it comes to prayer, why do many believers treat God as a magic genie or giant vending machine in the sky?
- Would God be a good Father is He gave us whatever we asked for?
3. In verse 18, John once again reminded believers that because they have a new nature as a child of God, their behavior should follow suit. John reminds us that “God’s children do not make a practice of sinning.” Even though we won’t continue in the same lifestyle of sin that dominated our lives before Christ, we still sin. What can we learn about our battle with sin in the following passages?
Galatians 5:17 (ESV)
17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)
13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 John 2:1-2 (ESV)
1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
4. John concluded his letter emphasizing our relationship with the only one true God. Because we have this all-satisfying possession, we should “keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” Who or what competes against God for first place in your heart? How can this group pray for you?
TAKE IT HOME
1. Which bedrock truth do you most need to remember today?
2. What is one way that you can apply what you have learned this week?