Life Group Notes for Sunday 21 March – 1 John 2:7-17

Life Group Notes for Sunday 21 March – 1 John 2:7-17

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.

12  I am writing to you, little children,
because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.
13  I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, children,
because you know the Father.
14  I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God abides in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.

Do Not Love the World
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.  1 John 2:7–17 (ESV)

The big idea from the message: The love of God is given to us so that we may show love to others. Love is for others.

Discussion questions:

  1. What key things did you take away from the message?  Is there anything in the text that is particularly striking for you?
  2. John writes that the commandment to love one another is both old and new.
    • In what way(s) is it an old commandment?  See Leviticus 19:17-18
    • In what way(s) is it a new commandment?  See Matthew 5:21-22
  3. One of the key points is that the love we’re commanded to show is “all giving, not getting.”
    • Read Jesus’ prayer for us in John 17:26.  In what way does this empower us?
    • Consider the very first word of 1 John 2:7, the title John gives us.  How does this speak to us?
  4. What should a Christian who feels hatred for another do?
  5. In v12-14 John directly addresses different recipients.
    • From these, what is John’s heart towards them?
    • Do any of them particularly encouage you?  If so, in what ways?
  6. In v15-17 we start to see John’s warnings about misdirected love.
    • What is the key problem with loving the things of the world?
    • Does remembering our definition of agape love love that gives rather than receives – change our understanding of this?
    • How does v17 provide an antidote to loving worldly things?
    • Are there any particular things you find yourself loving?  Or have loved in the past?
  7. Is there any specific thing that the Lord is challenging you to address this week?
  8. How can we pray for your walk this week?

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