Life Group Notes for Sunday 28 February – 1 John 1:5-10

Life Group Notes for Sunday 28 February – 1 John 1:5-10

5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:5–10

The big idea from the message: Jesus is love and offers forgiveness that is final and forever. If we say we are in fellowship with him, we will begin to act like Jesus.

Light represents two concepts

  • perfection, righteousness, goodness, purity
  • knowledge, discernment and understanding truth

Five “if” statements:

  • verse 6 – “if we say”
  • verse 7 – “if we do” (walk)
  • verse 8 – “if we say”
  • verse 9 – “if we do” (confess)
  • verse 10 – “if we say”

Discussion questions:

  1. What key things did you take away from the message?
  2. Confession is not “telling God new information” or “self-flagellation”, it is “agreeing with God about sin”.
  3. John uses the “defiled / purity” paradigm of salvation to address a culture of shame. Under the Law, defilement made you an outcast of society. It was originally intended as a kind of sign to show us in our pride that we could not, by our own strength and power, keep ourselves pure. This is the emphasis that John makes where he draws on the idea of fellowship: we can’t have fellowship because we are defiled. We are outcasts. The intended lesson is that we need God to cleanse us through Christ so that we can have true fellowship with others, which involves extended “cleansing” to others how have wronged us.
    1. How do we view confession in light of three perspectives of sin that defile us that were highlighted in Romans …
      1. Sin that has been done BY us defiles us and bring shame?
      2. Sin that has been done TO us defiles us and bring shame?
      3. Sin that has been done in our presence defiles us and bring shame?
  4. Being “in the light” means ” knowledge, discernment and understanding truth” and therefore must include the whole gospel – both the need for confession AND the reality of our present purity in Christ.
  5. How did this week’s sermon help you to forgive others?
    1. What about those people who don’t agree about their sin against you? How do we forgive them?
    2. What about those who have really hurt us and have left deep scars, how do we forgive them?
  6. How can we pray for your walk this week?

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