Week 23 – Scripture’s Authority

16  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17  that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
 
Read through the passage of Scripture above several times and then reflect on it by answering the following three questions:

What?

What is something that stands out to you from this passage of Scripture?  What is one truth that you can take from it and hold in your heart and mind this week?

How?

How should you respond to this text this week?  What is a measurable step of obedience that you can take this week in response to what you have read?

Who?

Who is someone in your life who could benefit from what you have learned from this passage of Scripture?  Who does this passage of Scripture encourage you to pray for or engage with the gospel?
 
*I am using a “52 Week Bible Memory” plan as our selection guide for each week’s passage.

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May 31 – Sermon Discussion Guide

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Confidence in Christ

1 John 2:28-3:3; 3:19-24; 4:17-18; 5:13-15

28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. 1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
1 John 2:28-3:3

19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
1 John 3:19-24

17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 John 4:17-18

13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
1 John 5:13-15

Digger Deeper

The Bible is clear that Jesus is coming again and this time that he is returning in judgment.  Spend some time reading through these passages about the return of Christ, the joy of being in his presence, and prayer.

  • 2 Chronicles 7:14
  • Psalm 66:18
  • Proverbs 15:19
  • Isaiah 59:1-2
  • Daniel 7:13-14
  • Matthew 13:24-30; 24:29-31, 45-41; 25:31-46
  • Luke 11:1-13
  • John 16:23-24
  • 2 Corinthians 5:6-10
  • Ephesians 3:11-12
  • Colossians 3:4
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11
  • Hebrews 4:14-16
  • James 4:2-3

Digesting the Text

  • When you think about the return of the Lord, what feelings, thoughts, or concerns come to your mind? What is your general response to the truth that Jesus is coming back and this time in judgment?
  • In this series, we have noted that Jon identifies 3 “signs of life.” Can you remember what they are?  Read 1 John 2:23-24 and 5:1-5.  Pastor Will noted in this sermon the significance that these are “signs” of our life in Christ and not the “sources” of our life in Christ.  What did he mean by this?  Why is it significant?  Can you find support for this statement in John’s letter?
  • John writes not only so that we can have confidence before the Lord on the “day of judgment” but so that we can have confidence before the Lord now! How does John encourage us to practice this confidence now?
  • John tells us that we can know that the Lord hears our prayers but places two conditions upon them. What are these two conditions?  Do these conditions obligate or force the Lord to give us what we pray for?  If not, what is the significance of these conditions?
  • What is the condition of your current prayer life? What steps can you take to grow in your prayer life?

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Week 22 – Christ is King

19  and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20  that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22  And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23  which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Ephesians 1:19-23 (ESV)
 
Read through the passage of Scripture above several times and then reflect on it by answering the following three questions:

What?

What is something that stands out to you from this passage of Scripture?  What is one truth that you can take from it and hold in your heart and mind this week?

How?

How should you respond to this text this week?  What is a measurable step of obedience that you can take this week in response to what you have read?

Who?

Who is someone in your life who could benefit from what you have learned from this passage of Scripture?  Who does this passage of Scripture encourage you to pray for or engage with the gospel?
 
*I am using a “52 Week Bible Memory” plan as our selection guide for each week’s passage.  You can download it from this site.

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Week 21 – Christ is Priest

 14  Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:14-16 (ESV)
 
Read through the passage of Scripture above several times and then reflect on it by answering the following three questions:

What?

What is something that stands out to you from this passage of Scripture?  What is one truth that you can take from it and hold in your heart and mind this week?

How?

How should you respond to this text this week?  What is a measurable step of obedience that you can take this week in response to what you have read?

Who?

Who is someone in your life who could benefit from what you have learned from this passage of Scripture?  Who does this passage of Scripture encourage you to pray for or engage with the gospel?
 
*I am using a “52 Week Bible Memory” plan as our selection guide for each week’s passage.  You can download it from this site.

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May 17 – Sermon Discussion Guide

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Signs of Life: Love

1 John 2:7-11; 3:11-18; 4:7-12

7 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8 At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
1 John 2:7-11

11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.  
1 John 3:11-18

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
1 John 4:7-12

Digging Deeper

John tells us that his command that we love is not a new commandment but an old one.  The Bible is filled with testimony of God’s love and his command that we love like him.  Take some time to look up these other passages of Scripture to get a fuller view of God’s command that we love.

  • Leviticus 19:18
  • Matthew 5:21-22
  • John 13:34; 15:12-17
  • Galatians 5:14
  • Philippians 2:5-8
  • James 2:1-9
  • 1 Peter 2:19-23

Digesting the Text

  • What is something that you consider valuable? What is it that determines its value?
  • Take some time to read through the passages from 1 John. Take special notice of the words that John repeats throughout these verses.  What patterns do you see?  What is John trying to communicate to his audience and to us?  What does John indicate has value and what does not?
  • When is a time that you have struggled to love other believers? What are some ways that we tend to close our hearts (1 John 3:17) to someone in need?
  • What was the response of Jesus to our need? Make a list of everything you can think that Jesus sacrificed to serve us in our need and save us from our sin.
  • Pastor Will shared that love and hate are two sides of the same coin, two ends of the same spectrum. When we love one thing, we must hate another.  How does this challenge you to be intentional to love who, what, and how Jesus loves this week?  What are some real steps you can take to love on purpose this week?

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Week 20 – Christ is Prophet

19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ 24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”
Acts 3:19-26 (ESV)
 
Read through the passage of Scripture above several times and then reflect on it by answering the following three questions:

What?

What is something that stands out to you from this passage of Scripture?  What is one truth that you can take from it and hold in your heart and mind this week?

How?

How should you respond to this text this week?  What is a measurable step of obedience that you can take this week in response to what you have read?

Who?

Who is someone in your life who could benefit from what you have learned from this passage of Scripture?  Who does this passage of Scripture encourage you to pray for or engage with the gospel?
 
*I am using a “52 Week Bible Memory” plan as our selection guide for each week’s passage.  You can download it from this site.

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