1 John Study Questions #2
The Model for Authentic Obedience
1 John 2:3-6
INTRODUCTION: In our passage this week, we are going to hear the words of John encourage believers to a life of authentic obedience. He was writing to a group of Christians that were confused and honestly exhausted by feeling as if they weren’t living an authentic life with God. John is going to point them to the life and example of Jesus. Ultimately, we will see that an authentic relationship with God means that we are obedient to God’s commands. To claim that and then live otherwise is to lie to ourselves. It is like pretending to be something that we’re not, and the only person we’re fooling is ourselves. Everyone else can see through it. As we walk in obedience to God’s commands, God fills us with joy and a sense of complete contentment that leaves us feeling complete.”
GETTING STARTED – John wants this group of believers to have confidence in their faith. Part of our confidence comes from our obedience. It proves that we are who we say we are. Have you ever purchased a product that claimed to do one thing and then failed miserably? Talk with your group about your experience.
IN THE WORD – Let’s dig back into the passage. First, before you read the passage, take a moment to ask God’s Spirit to quiet your mind and heart and to illuminate the text to you. Second, read the passage aloud to the group. Then, follow the simple method below. (O.P.A)
Observe: Make 8-10 observations from the passage. Pay close attention to observe and note repeated words and phrases, names, places, and themes.
*In in this passage, pay special attention to the word “know.”
Principles: From your list of observations, what patterns or big ideas do you see emerging? Can you distill it down into 2-4 big idea truths?
Apply: Moving from your list of principles, it is time to apply God’s Word. Remember, we believe that God’s Word is living and active and that it can change the way we live Monday- Friday. What is one tangible way to apply a truth from your list above?
*John makes it clear that Jesus is to be our model and example for obedience. Does your application fit with the life and example of Jesus?