Lesson 11 John 1:1-10
This week we begin a new study as we look at the first of three letters written by the Apostle John. We'll find that John's letters will make a fitting tie-in to our study of living a Holy life in Leviticus.
In our introductory lesson, although we will be bouncing in and out of several chapters in this book, read 1 John 1:1-10 in preparation for the questions below:
- What is the purpose John states for writing this letter, why does he feel this letter is so important to the believers who make up the church? (1 John 5:13)
- What are the two primary focuses of John's first letter? (1 John 1:5, 4:8, and 4:16)
- Read the following and list the things that Christians are NOT to do in order to live a Holy life. (1 John 2:15, 4:1, and 5:21.)
- Read 1 John 1:1-4 and the Gospel of John 1:1. To whom or to what is John referring when he refers to the "word of life", and "the life appeared" in these opening verses of his first letter?
- In 1 John 1:1-4, what evidences does John give that Christ is real? (Hint: there are three.)
- The three claims in 1 John 1:5-10 were being made by the Gnostics of John's day, who also claimed they knew a higher truth, and had a deeper wisdom, that went beyond the scriptures. Do we have groups today who feel as the Gnostics did? Can you list a belief they might have today that John's letter is addressing? (For example it was common in John's day for people to believe that God did not create the earth because the earth contains evil, thus the earth could not have been formed by the spoken word of God. many were lead astray by this doctrine - is this happening today?) See if you can identify some false doctrines and half-truths that are bringing apostasy into today's church.
Have a great week everyone!
Yours in Christ,