Be Real – The Pretenders

By March 19, 2017Action Steps
MARCH 19 — BE REAL 1 John 3:1-10
Message SERIES: 1 John
SCRIPTURE: 1 John 3:1-10

A Christian should not sin because:
  1. It goes against what Jesus came to do “Jesus came to take away our sins” (v5)
  2. It goes against the way Jesus lived, “…there is no sin in him” (vs. 5)
  3. It goes against what Jesus asks us to do “But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.” (v.6)
  4. It goes against the identity of Christians:
  • Sinning is inconsistent with a relationship with Christ, “But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.” (v 6)
  • It is opposed to the knowledge of Christ, “But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil,” (vs. 8)
  • It is opposed to the description of God’s children, “Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers[b] does not belong to God.” (vs. 10)

OBSERVATION:
  1. As a Christian living in the world, what challenges do you face day to day, at school, work, etc.? (See John 1:10; 3:13; 4:5; and 5:19.)
  2. John says God is a Father, we are his children, and we are to love other Christians as brothers and sisters.
    1. Why do you think John emphasizes these family relationships?
    2. What does it mean to be a “child of God?” Is that a positive term for you? What are the privileges and responsibilities of being a child of God? How can we know that we are children of God and not children of the devil?
  3. Why was it important for Jesus to be without sin? What does his sinlessness have to do with our personal relationship with God? (See Hebrews 7:27 and 10:10.)
  4. What did you find most surprising or helpful about the list of traits that indicate whether someone is considered a part of God’s family or is associated with the devil?
  5. Read John 8:31-59 and note any parallels between that passage and 1 John 3:4-10. Do you think the events of John 8:31-59 were etched in John’s mind when he wrote 1 John 3:4-10? In John 8:36, Jesus said “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” What freedom was Jesus talking about? Have you experienced that freedom?

APPLICATION:
Some in your group may be enslaved to a pattern of sin. This does not necessarily mean they’re not Christians (see 1 John 1:8–10), only that they need encouragement and support to help overcome it. This week may be a good time to bring up these matters with individuals in your group and encourage them to seek Christ for deliverance and support. Challenge the group to consider how they can love one another through the process of repentance.

PRAYER
  1. Pray that your group would be encouraged and empowered to remain in Christ and live their life in light of Jesus’ imminent return.
  2. Pray that your group would live as salt and light in the world and seek opportunities to share the gospel to nonbelievers in their life.

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