Four Steps – Bethlehem Forward

BETHLEHEM FORWARD, PART 1
John 1:1-4

Four Steps from Bethlehem forward:

Know Jesus as the Word of Life (1 John 1:1-2)
(The Word of life is the key purpose of this passage)

Foundation – John 14:1-6
General – Hebrews 1:1-2
Personal – Isaiah 40:13 – Our God is not a silent God
We move from the mind of God to possess the mind of Christ – 1 Corinthians 2:16
Do we settle for soundbites about Jesus or are we consumed with Jesus?

Live out the significance of the message (1 John 1:2-3)
(The term “declare” is the key verb of this passage)

Announcement from a special source (1 John 1)
Announcement that is special (Luke 2)
The Good Tidings of Luke 2 causes us to DECLARE the message to others.

Engage the Relationships (1 John 1:3)
(Christian fellowship is the key application of the passage)

Celebrate the Joy (1 John 1:4)
(“Joy” is the key outcome of encountering the Messiah.)

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. What do you associate with the term “fellowship”?
  2. How do we know that the events we read about in history books really happened?
  3. What was from the beginning? (1 John 1:1)
  4. What contact did the writer and this community of believers have with the Word of life? (1 John 1:1)
  5. How did God reveal Himself to us? (1 John 1:2)
  6. What was being proclaimed by this community of believers? (1 John 1:2)
  7. Where had the eternal life been, and to whom had it appeared? (1 John 1:2)
  8. Why were the author and his fellow believers telling others about Christ? (1 John 1:3)
  9. With whom did this community of believers have fellowship? (1 John 1:3)
  10. Why was this letter written? (1 John 1:4)
  11. Why do you think John stressed his and this community of believers’ personal, physical, historical encounter with Jesus?
  12. How important are firsthand eyewitness testimonies, such as this writer’s, to your belief in Jesus?
  13. What fellowship do you have with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ?
  14. What fellowship do you have with other believers?
  15. How is our fellowship with God related to our fellowship with other believers?
  16. What blocks our fellowship with God and others?
  17. In what ways can we enhance our fellowship?
  18. In what way is your joy complete?
  19. What can you do to gain a better appreciation of the historical foundation of your faith in Christ?
  20. What specific steps will you take this week in order to deepen your fellowship with other believers?

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