Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on October 11, 2020
Passage: 1 John 3:1-10
This Sunday, Mike continued our journey through the book of 1 John by explaining how the followers of Jesus are able to change their lives and become more like Christ.
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
What is one way that your character has changed since you began following Jesus?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message, Mike explained that we can grow more godly because God has given us His love, desires, and power. As Mike mentioned, our growth is a process of putting away sin and walking obediently one step at a time. This process was evident in the lives of Jesus’ closest followers. Read the verses below depicting some snapshots of the disciples’ lives. Then, write down what they reveal about their growth and God’s work in their lives?
Matthew 4:18-22 (NLT2)
18 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 20 And they left their nets at once and followed him. 21 A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. 22 They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.
Matthew 8:23-27 (NLT2)
23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly all was calm. 27 The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”
Matthew 10:1 (NLT2)
1 Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness.
John 16:12 (NLT2)
12 “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now.
Matthew 26:36 (NLT2)
36 Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.”
Matthew 26:40-47 (NLT2)
40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? 41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” 42 Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. 44 So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!” 47 And even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests and elders of the people.
Matthew 26:55-56 (NLT2)
55 Then Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there teaching every day. 56 But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures.” At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled.
Acts 5:27-29 (NLT2)
27 Then they brought the apostles before the high council, where the high priest confronted them. 28 “Didn’t we tell you never again to teach in this man’s name?” he demanded. “Instead, you have filled all Jerusalem with your teaching about him, and you want to make us responsible for his death!” 29 But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.
Acts 5:41 (NLT2)
41 The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus.
2. When we follow Jesus, God gives us His love and His Spirit to help us grow and become more like Him. God has done His part and it’s up to us to tap into His resources. From these verses, write down the tools God gives us to help in the growth process and then answer the questions below.
John 16:13 (NLT2)
13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.
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.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT2)
24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
2 Timothy 2:22 (NLT2)
22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
- Have you seen God use these tools in your growth process? If so, how and when?
- What could be the result of focusing on just one and neglecting the others?
3. Part of the transformation process that happens when we become a follower of Jesus is that God’s Spirit begins to develop godly character in us. 2 Peter 1:5-9 gives us a picture of what those character qualities look like and a command to build them into our lives.
2 Peter 1:5-9 (NLT2)
5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. 8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
- How do verses 8 and 9 affect your motivation to put these qualities into action?
- As you read the list, have you ever sensed God’s Spirit directing you to develop one of these character qualities?
TAKE IT HOME
- Looking back at this week’s teaching and study, is there anything important for you to remember in living out a changed life for Jesus?
- Is there any “excuse” or “battle” you need prayer for?