"I've always dreamed of being an old philosopher. So far I've achieved one out of two!"

Walk in the Light

1 John 1:1-2:2

"Anything that doesnít hurt anyone else is okay." What are some examples of situations that might be defended by that statement? Do you agree with the statement in each situation suggested? Why or why not? What was the disciple John like? (Luke 9:51-56; Mark 3:17; 9:38-40; Matt 20:20-24; John 13:23)

I. The Word of Life - 1 John 1:1-4

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched -- this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.

What was the purpose of this letter?

How does John describe Jesus in these verses?

Why was John qualified to tell others about Jesus?

Why are you qualified to tell others about Jesus?

II. The basis of fellowship - 1 John 1:5-7

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

What does it mean to walk in the darkness? To walk in the light?

How is walking in the light related to fellowship with Christ and one another?

What can you do to grow in your relationship with God?

What can you do to help non-believers have a relationship with God?

III. Dealing with sin - 1 John 1:8-2:2

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense -- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Why is it important to acknowledge our sins?

How is being purified different from being forgiven?

How does failure to admit our sin shut Godí's Word out of our lives? (Romans 3:22-24)

How does Jesusí sacrifice make us acceptable to God? (Romans 3:25-26)

How does Johní's teaching in 1 John 1:5-2:2 meet the special needs of any type of person?

If God will always forgive you, why not go on sinning?

Is there anyone that God is unwilling to forgive?