Life Group Notes for Sunday 21 February – 1 John 1:1-4

Life Group Notes for Sunday 21 February – 1 John 1:1-4

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. – 1 John 1:1–4 (ESV)

Big idea from the message: Jesus is love and we can’t hope to have or give love if we aren’t connected to the source of love.

Jesus is:

  1. Eternal – “That which was from the beginning”
  2. Manifest – “which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it”
  3. To be Experienced – “we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands”
  4. The Foundation for Fellowship – so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ”
  5. The Foundation of Joy – “And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”

Discussion questions:

  1. What key things did you take away from the message?
  2. What are the big differences between “Jesus is love” and “Jesus shows/displays love”? Why is this distinction important?
  3. Why is it important to know that Jesus came in the flesh? How does this doctrine connect to Romans 12:1 where Paul wrote to “present your bodies a living sacrifice”?
  4. In what ways have you experienced Jesus?
  5. If Jesus is the “foundation of fellowship”, how can we define “Christian fellowship”?
  6. What did you think about the quote from Craig Groeschel: “We might impress people with our strengths, but we connect with people through our weaknesses.”
  7. How did this week’s sermon help you to love others?
  8. Is there any specific thing that the Lord is challenging you to address this week?
  9. How can we pray for your walk this week?

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