Walk This Way │ Series: First John

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Walk This Way │ 1 John 2:3-14 │ Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

 

THIS SUNDAY'S BULLETIN AND ORDER OF WORSHIP

 

Do you ever wonder whether you really know God? How can you be sure that you do?

1 John 2:3,5. The first test of whether one has “come to know him” (2:3) and is “in him” (v.5) is a moral test: “we keep his commandments” (2:3) or “walk in the same way in which he walked” (2:6). If I have an emotional, or ecstatic, or peace-giving experience of God; or if I confess correct doctrine and recite some “sinner’s prayer;” or if I regularly participate in religious services and activities and yet there is no change in my “walk” over time, have I actually come to know God? What is wrong with claiming to “know” or “love” God while continuing to “walk in darkness” (1:6, 2:11) - living in habitual disobedience to God’s commandments (John 3:36; 14:15; 14:21-24; 15:10)?

John admits that no one is always obedient, walking perfectly without sin (1:8-2:1), so what is the importance of the fact John emphasizes “walk” (2:6) and habitual “practice” (3:6-10) in his letter?

1 John 2:9-11. John links “light” with “love” and “hate” with “darkness.” What does this teach us about relating to the God who is light (1:5)?

1 John 2:9-11. The second test of whether one has “come to know him” (2:3) and is “in the light” (2:9) is a relational test: “Whoever loves his brother abides in the light” (2:10). How is this an “old” commandment (Leviticus 19:17-18; Matthew 22:34-40; Romans 13:8-10)? How did Jesus (2:8) give this old commandment new meaning (John 15:12-13; 1 John 3:16)?

1 John 2:9-11. “Love” and “hate” are not mere emotional responses, but a choice of the will that directs actions. Is there anyone whom you are failing to love, not because you “hate” them emotionally, but because you just don’t care? Is such apathy compatible with the light? After reading this passage, how would you define the connection between loving God and loving others?

1 John 2:12-14. John has some encouraging words about, and to, the Christians to whom he wrote. Which of these state-ments speaks to you?

 

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