WHO IS JESUS? – Real Life Defined
Real life defined by: The Foundational Truth
Who is Jesus? Life, Light, Grace, Truth, Power, Creator, Sent with a Purpose, Adoption through Reception.
- The Supremacy of Christ. (John 1:1-2) he is a person not a principle, near not distant.
- Why should I trust Him with my life? The Source of Life. (John 1:3-5)
- Materially – creation / made by him (1 Corinthians 8:6, Colossians 1:16)
- Spiritually – Life and Light – John 1:4 is past tense, while John 1:5 is present tense.
Real life defined by: The Historical Truth
- The truth of Jesus has always stood greater than the personalities of history. (John 1:6-9) John reflects the light, he is not the light.
- The truth of Jesus has always demanded a response from the lives of mankind throughout history. (John 1:10-13)
- Rejection – familiarity can blind us to the truth and we don’t see his supremacy.
- Reception – we are adopted into the family, not by Jewish descent.
Real life defined by: The Personal Truth
- We engage with His glory. (John 1:14-15)
- We experience His mercy. (John 1:16-17)
- We enjoy His presence. (John 1:18)
Questions for Further Discussion:
- What are some of the slang expressions you used growing up?
- In what ways are words different from visual images?
- Why does John’s gospel start at creation rather with the birth story?
- What are some facts about the Word we discover in John 1:1-5?
- Who is the Word? (John 1:1)
- What is the relationship between the Word and God? (John 1:1-2)
- What was the Word’s role in creation? (John 1:3)
- How is the “life” the light of men? (John 1:4)
- What was John’s role in relation to the light? (John 1:6)
- How did the light give light to every person? (John 1:9)
- Why didn’t the world recognize the light? (John 1:10)
- What is the benefit of receiving or believing in the Word? (John 1:12)
- How and why did the Word make His dwelling among us? (John 1:14)
- Whose glory did the Word reveal? (John 1:14)
- What did God give us through Moses? (John 1:17)
- What did God give us through Jesus? (John 1:18)
- Why is it significant that no one has seen God but “God the One and Only”? (John 1:18)
- Why did the Word become flesh and live among us?
- How does a person receive the Word?
- What happens when we receive or believe in the Word?
- In what way can you receive or welcome Christ into your life?
- What insights can you gain from seeing Jesus as God’s Word?
- How should being a child of God affect our lives?
- In what way is John an example for us to follow?
- How did Jesus reveal God’s glory to us?
- What do you need to do to be certain of your relationship with God?
- What will you do this week to better enjoy your status as a child of God?
- How should the reality that God became a man affect your life today?
- Where are you keeping Jesus?
- Is he a resident in your dwelling?
- Is he standing in the front hall?
- Is he kept in the parlor or living room?
- Are there rooms where he is uninvited?
- Does he possess the keys to the dwelling?
Bethlehem Forward, Part Two
1 John 1:5-10
- Two Resolves from Bethlehem Forward (1 John 1:5)
- There is no article in front of “light” – he is not A light nor is he THE light, he is LIGHT.
- Cross reference to 2 Corinthians 4:6, Hebrews 1:3
- Reconciled to the Light (1 John 1:6-7)
- “If we say” refers to a CLAIM. You can’t just claim to be OK with God, there is more to your salvation than that.
- “If we say” is a singular event, but “walk” is something continuously. There is a conditional IF/THEM clause. They go together.
- “Fellowship with one another” refers to community, connection, cleansing.
- Cross reference to John 8:12, 12:35, 13:34-35, 1 John 2:9, 4:12.
- Reconciled to the Savior (1 John 1:8-10)
- “Have no sin” refers to not the principle of sin but to specific individual sins.
- “Confess our sins” refers to my personal and specific sins, not a general sinfulness.
- Confession – living a life of brokenness.
Ask yourself whether you are attending or connecting. Are you in fellowship with one another? If not, you’re not doing Christianity right.
Questions for Further Discussion
- Why might it be hard for someone to admit that he or she was wrong about something?
- About what do we tend to deceive ourselves?
- When and why might someone need an attorney?
- What message did the writer hear and declare? (1 John 1:5)
- What inconsistency did John address? (1 John 1:6)
- What results from “walking in the light”? (1 John 1:7)
- How were some believers apparently deceiving themselves? (1 John 1:8)
- What is the result of confessing one’s sins? (1 John 1:9)
- In what way can a person make God out to be a liar? (1 John 1:10)
- What do you think the terms “light” and “darkness” represent?
- In what way is God similar to light?
- In what ways do we “walk in darkness”?
- How can we “walk in the light”?
- How does the promise of being purified from all sin make you feel?
- Why would someone claim that he or she was without sin?
- What can you do to make yourself spiritually clean?
- What role does the confession of sins play in your daily life?
- How important is fellowship with other believers to you?
- What steps will you take this week to walk in the light?
- What will you do to incorporate the confession of sins into your daily routine?
Ken kicks off the January Bible Study TONIGHT (January 10). Meet in the sanctuary and we can get started promptly at 6:15.
- From Consecration to Calling
- The First Call of Every Christian
- The First Call and Your Gospel Story
MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY
Join us TONIGHT (January 10) as we reflect on what God has done in the last year of our lives. Good, bad, boring…we’ll see how God changed us this past year.
It’s Wendy’s Wednesday! Join us after Bible study for food and fellowship!
Please visit the bulletin board for information on how to serve during our winter shelter week.
- Classes are invited to cook and serve an evening meal during the week.
- Men are invited to provide security overnight (8:30 pm through 6:00 am).
- The hospitality team welcomes volunteers each evening to meet and greet, and interact with the our guests during the evening activities.
- Visit the bulletin boards to pick up “mitten” tags – to purchase items for daily lunches for our guests.
- Visit the displays regarding the hygiene kits, and fill a zip-lock bag with the requested items.
- Who would come to church early on Sunday to help clean our restrooms for the morning’s activities (working with our church custodian)? Time is essential so help is needed.
- Who will come early on Sunday to take down tables in the fellowship hall and set up for the worship service in the Well?
Ken’s newest series begins on January 21 – opening John’s gospel to gain new insights into this ancient text.
We are excited about our 2018 camp theme, Blueprint: God’s Design!
This summer at CentriKid Camp, we will learning about God’s design for us and who we are in Christ. We will learn how we are His workmanship and how we are created in His image. God’s blueprint shows us that we are truly loved, completely forgiven, and prepared for a purpose to share the gospel.
Check out this amazing video!
Our key verse for the summer will be Ephesians 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.”
Each day, we’ll focus on how we are God’s design and how we can learn more about who we are in Jesus.
- Day 1: We are His workmanship.
- Day 2: We are created in His image.
- Day 3: We are truly loved.
- Day 4: We are completely forgiven.
- Day 5: We are prepared for a purpose.
We hope that you are excited for CentriKid 2018! We hope you’ll join us!
Our camp week is July 23-27, at Skycroft Conference Center in Maryland. While we would like any kid to participate, this camp experience is for kids who have completed grades 3-6, and are connected to our children’s ministry program. It is a huge responsibility to take kids out of state whose families are not connected to King’s Grant Baptist Church.
Sign up today, on the bulletin board on the adult hallway. The cost is $300, and I’m going to make it less painful for you by encouraging you to pay $50 each month, January through June!
Why go to Centrikid Camp…