So That You May Know │ Series: First John




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This Sunday’s Message —  So That You May Know │ Scripture: 1 John 5:13-21

Series: First John │ Pastor Adam Kohlstrom



1 John 5:13-21. In this short section, John uses the word “know” seven times. What things does John want his hearers to know and be assured of? Why is each of these especially important for us to be certain of?


1 John 5:14-15. In his book Praying the Bible, Donald Whitney advocates, “taking words that originated in the heart and mind of God and circulating them through your heart and mind back to God.” How might this help us to pray, to ask “according to his will” (5:14)? If you want to learn more about this method, watch: 6 Reasons to Pray the Bible:


1 John 5:16-17. The “sin that leads to death” is most likely not a particular act, but a hardness against the work of the Holy Spirit who leads us to repentance (see: “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 12:31-32; Mark 3:29; Luke 12:10). For every sin, what is the confidence that John has already offered his hearers in 1:7-2:2? Are there sins of which you right now need to confess, pray (5:16), and repent?


1 John 5:16. Pastor Oswald Chambers warns us against becoming spiritual hypocrites: “We see where other people are failing, and then we take our discernment and turn it into comments of ridicule and criticism, instead of turning it into intercession on their behalf.” Why do you think we are quicker to criticism than to prayer? Who is God leading you to pray for right now?


1 John 5:18. John warns against a habit, a pattern, a “walk” (1:6-7) of sinful behavior. What are the warning signs that sin has become habitual? What is the way to a new “walk” we are offered (1:7-2:2)?


1 John 5:18-19. How do you most need to pray for protection against the evil one today?


1 John 5:21. “[An idol] is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God” (Tim Keller). What are some of the “idols” that tempt you to live apart from the true God? How does this relate to Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:24? To John’s command in 1 John 2:15?




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