Two Resolutions – Bethlehem Forward

Bethlehem Forward, Part Two
1 John 1:5-10

  1. Two Resolves from Bethlehem Forward (1 John 1:5)
    1. There is no article in front of “light” – he is not A light nor is he THE light, he is LIGHT.
    2. Cross reference to 2 Corinthians 4:6, Hebrews 1:3
  2. Reconciled to the Light (1 John 1:6-7)
    1. “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.
    2. “If we say” is a singular event, but “walk” is something continuously. There is a conditional IF/THEM clause. They go together.
    3. “Fellowship with one another” refers to community, connection, cleansing.
    4. Cross reference to John 8:12, 12:35, 13:34-35, 1 John 2:9, 4:12.
  3. Reconciled to the Savior (1 John 1:8-10)
    1. “Have no sin” refers to not the principle of sin but to specific individual sins.
    2. “Confess our sins” refers to my personal and specific sins, not a general sinfulness.
    3. 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

  1. Why might it be hard for someone to admit that he or she was wrong about something?
  2. About what do we tend to deceive ourselves?
  3. When and why might someone need an attorney?
  4. What message did the writer hear and declare? (1 John 1:5)
  5. What inconsistency did John address? (1 John 1:6)
  6. What results from “walking in the light”? (1 John 1:7)
  7. How were some believers apparently deceiving themselves? (1 John 1:8)
  8. What is the result of confessing one’s sins? (1 John 1:9)
  9. In what way can a person make God out to be a liar? (1 John 1:10)
  10. What do you think the terms “light” and “darkness” represent?
  11. In what way is God similar to light?
  12. In what ways do we “walk in darkness”?
  13. How can we “walk in the light”?
  14. How does the promise of being purified from all sin make you feel?
  15. Why would someone claim that he or she was without sin?
  16. What can you do to make yourself spiritually clean?
  17. What role does the confession of sins play in your daily life?
  18. How important is fellowship with other believers to you?
  19. What steps will you take this week to walk in the light?
  20. What will you do to incorporate the confession of sins into your daily routine?

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?