Message SERIES: 1 John
SCRIPTURE: 1 John 2:15-17
- “Craving” is a compound word which takes the normal word for desire and puts a prefix on it that intensifies it. Literally, it could be translated “hyper-desire.” Craving begins with a healthy desire but takes it to an unhealthy extreme.
- Craving for physical pleasure
- Craving for possessions
- Craving for pride
Vs. 17 – The problem with pleasure, possessions, and pride isn’t so much that they are wrong; it’s that they’re not enough. They don’t last, for one thing. Pleasure is fleeting. Possessions lose value. And earthly accomplishments are soon forgotten or surpassed. They don’t last.
- What was your reaction to John’s statement: “Do not love the world or the things in the world”?
- John describes love for the world as “the craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.”
– What are some “worldly” struggles in your life right now? Do these worldly struggles compete with your love for God? Do you love these things more than God? How is God helping you overcome these struggles? Do you have an increasing love for God and a decreasing love for the world? Why or why not?
- According to John, what does having a love for “the world” and the things of the world indicate about our relationship with God?
- What does (or would) it look like to fight and avoid worldly temptations in your daily life?
- The theme of our study is “Love One Another.” How does this week’s passage relate to John’s big idea and his hope for Jesus’ Church?
- Pray that God would make you and your small group aware of any blindness or dullness they have toward worldly temptation(s), so they can see, confess, and turn away from it.
- Pray that God would fill everyone in the group with the Holy Spirit, empowering them to live the life God has called them to live. (See Ephesians 5:18.)