Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on October 25, 2020
Passage: 1 John 3:24-4:6
This Sunday, Mike continued our journey through the book of 1 John by giving us three questions to help us become deception-proof in a world full of deceptive voices.
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
Have you ever been pranked by a friend or family member? Why didn’t you pick up on their deception sooner than you did?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. As Mike mentioned, one of the questions we should ask ourselves is, “What does the Bible say?” The Bible is an essential tool for determining what’s from God and what’s not. How we view and respond to God’s Word is one of the tests of whether or not we really know God. What do the following verses tell us about either the blessings or warnings that come with how we treat God’s Word?
Joshua 1:8-9 (NLT2)
8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Psalm 119:9-11 (NLT2)
9 How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. 10 I have tried hard to find you— don’t let me wander from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
James 1:22-25 (NLT2)
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
- How can the establishment of a regular habit of reading and studying God’s Word keep you from being deceived?
- Is just reading the Bible enough?
2. Another safeguard against deception that we have as Christ followers is the presence and work of the Holy Spirit. Read the following passages and identify how the Spirit often operates in our lives to guard against deception.
John 14:25-27 (NLT2)
25 I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. 27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
John 16:13 (NLT2)
13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.
Colossians 3:15 (NLT2)
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.
1 Corinthians 2:14 (NLT2)
14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.
- When has the prompting of the Spirit helped you make a wise decision and not be deceived?
- How can you tell if it’s the Spirit or something you ate last night?
3. One of the main components of living a deception-proof life is staying in tight community with other believers. Using the verses below, describe how the power of community keeps us from falling for those things that look good at first but are actually harmful.
Galatians 6:1-4 (NLT2)
1 Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. 4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.
Proverbs 15:22 (NLT2)
Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NLT2)
Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
- How has the wisdom and influence of other believers helped you stay on track with your faith?
- Why is there great power in fending off deception when you are in close community with other believers?
TAKE IT HOME
1. Of the three questions that Mike mentioned in the sermon, which question do you need to pay more attention to than the others?
What does the Bible say about it?
What is the Spirit saying in me?
What are Godly believers saying to me?
2. In what area of life do you need the most wisdom right now? How can the group pray for you?