BORN OF GOD
BORN OF GOD
When you think about the best kind of life what does that look like for you? Why?
Read the passage:
1 John 5:1-12
"Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
What seem to be the main characteristics of those born of God?
What seems to be the relationship between love and obedience?
How does the community of faith help us to know the love of God and to obey Him?
Why is obedience important to God? To one another?
In [vs. 4-5] John describes the life of the believer as ones of victory over the world.
What does this mean? What does this look like in our lives?
Why is the topic of victory important to the life of the believer?
What is it that Jesus has overcome? What kind of hope does this give to us who have trusted Him?
How does this kind of hope change the way that we live our lives now?
John gives us the ultimate proof of Jesus being a human by describing His death on the cross with the water and blood which poured out of His side at His death.
Why is it necessary to believe that Jesus actually lived His whole life as a man? What might this tell us about how to live our lives now?
Eternal life is not just a quantity of life, but a quality of life that has its source and sufficiency in God Himself.
How might this eternal life be experienced here and now?
What are some of the cultural messages we hear which seek to describe the best kind of life? How do these messages line up with the gospel?
What role does the community of faith play in helping us to live out the best kind of life in Christ?