Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on November 8, 2020
Passage: 1 John 5:1-12
This Sunday, Mike continued our journey through the book of 1 John by showing us John’s game plan for being victorious over an evil world. We will overcome evil as we Trust God’s Son, Love God’s Children, and Obey God’s Commands.
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 “win” you have had in your life over the past year?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. The first part of John’s game plan for winning in an evil world is to have faith in Jesus as the Son of God. In verse 4, John wrote, “Every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.” According to the following verses, what does faith in Jesus help you overcome?
John 11:25-26 (NLT2)
25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”
James 1:2-6 (NLT2)
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. 5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.
1 John 2:16-17 (NLT2)
16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
- Why is trusting in Jesus better than trusting in what the world offers?
- When has your faith cost you something? Was it worth it?
2. A second part of the game plan for winning over evil is to love people. We are often tempted to think that rooting against certain people and hoping for bad to come into their lives is appropriate and Christlike. Since God is FOR people, we, as His children, should also be FOR people. According to the following passages, how will love help you overcome evil?
Matthew 5:43-48 (NLT2)
43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47 If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. 48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Romans 12:20-21 (NLT2)
20 Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” 21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
- Have you ever loved someone you deemed as your “enemy”? If so, how did you show them love?
- Who is demonstrating God’s love in your life right now?
3. A third part of John’s game plan to be victorious in an evil world is to obey God’s commands. As Mike said on Sunday, obeying God leads to more freedom and blessing in our lives rather than burdens. What do the following passages tell us about the benefits of obedience to God’s commands?
Matthew 7:24-27 (NLT2)
24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
John 15:10-15 (NLT2)
10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.
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.
- Why do some people see God’s commands as burdensome?
- When has obedience to God’s commands led to a blessing in your life?
TAKE IT HOME
1. Which part of John’s game plan do you most need to focus on this week – trusting Jesus, loving others, or obeying God?
2. What is one way that you can apply what you have learned this week?