Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on October 4, 2020
Passage: 1 John 2:18-29
This Sunday, Casey continued our journey through the book of 1 John as he talked about how to stay on track for God’s best.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
How would you want someone to respond to you, if they saw you headed on a major spiritual detour?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. This Sunday, Casey encouraged us to stay on track with our faith and not be led astray by the influencers in culture who deny Christ. Can you think of a time when you got off track in your faith? What caused it and how did you get back on track?
2. Casey highlighted three habits linked to 1 John 2:18-29 that will help us continue to experience God’s best for our lives. The first habit is a continual focus on Jesus with our attention and devotion. Why is it tempting for followers of Jesus to get their eyes off Jesus and turn their attention to rules and traditions? What can you learn from the following passage about what it will take to behold Jesus daily?
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT2)
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
- What are some practical ways you can fix your attention and devotion on Jesus throughout your day?
- What are some challenges and obstacles that you would face? How might you overcome these?
3. Another habit that will keep our faith on track is a constant feeding on God’s Word. In 1 John 2:21, John wrote, “So I am writing to you not because you don’t know the truth but because you know the difference between truth and lies.” These believers had been taught by the Apostles and they knew the truth. Because of this, they could identify the lies prevalent in their culture. Today, we have the teachings of Jesus and His apostles found in the New Testament. How can God’s Word keep us on track according to the following verses?
2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT2)
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
Hebrews 4:12 (NLT2)
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
John 17:17 (NLT2)
(Jesus prayed) 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.
- If you have had success in consistently reading God’s Word, describe what has worked for you?
- What is one adjustment you can make to your daily routine to make reading God’s Word a greater priority in your life?
4. A third habit for staying on track spiritually is found in 1 John 2:27 when John writes, “But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you.” John is saying that the indwelling Spirit will guide us into a life based on what is true. Our responsibility is to stay current with the leading of the Spirit in our lives. Why do believers sometimes not recognize the Spirit’s leading? Why do we sometimes refuse to follow His leading? What would change in your life if you were attentive and obedient to the Spirit revealed each time He revealed a clear step you needed to take?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from the message and this study?
2. What action step can you take this week to get back on track or stay on track with your faith?