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GROWING AS GOD'S CHILDREN

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Growing As God's Children
Sermon Discussion
1 John 2:28 - 3:10

The week Pastor Ryan picked up our study of 1 John study of "Simple Faith" to discuss what it means to grow as God's children.

Growing up did you ever wish you were someone else's child? A friend's parents, a celebrity, a fictional character?
Who and why did you choose them?

Let's read through our text:

[1Jo 2:28- 3:1-10 ESV] 28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.

10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

Was there anything that stuck out from the text? a part you really liked? really struggled with? Or were confused by?

Pastor Ryan had 3 ideas he wanted to share from the passage.

Belonging
Becoming
Beloved

BELONGING (vs 28-29)
As believers we belong to a community, a church, and a family. Our understanding of who we are is rooted in where we belong.

What are some other groups or communities you belong to that have shaped you?

the Apostle John calls on us to "abide in him" in verse 28. Pastor Ryan explained that "abiding" is to be here, totally present.

What does that look like then to "abide in him"?

Pastor Ryan explained that we're meant to abide not just in him, but in the Family of God. Inside a family like this is safety tou be our true self, learn about ourselves and be excited to learn about others. That helps to create that belonging.

What is something someone in the Church family has done to make you feel like they were excited to see you? Or curious about you?

BELOVED vs 1-2

The Apostle John goes on to focus on the idea of God as a father and proclaims us as His beloved children now. He is our father who loves us. Pastor Rich Plass has said that " The first and primary movement of the Christian religion is the ability to receive love"

What about our experiences with human love can make it hard to accept God's love?
What makes God's love easier to accept?

We love to think of love as something we do and not something we feel. God is unique in that His feeling of love and his actions of love can be perfectly aligned. God's love is certain, constant, and celebratory. Pastor Ryan took us to the passage in 1 Corinthians 13:12 that explains that we see dimly but soon we shall see face to face. We have an idea od God's love but soon we'll know it perfectly.

What pictures have you seen in your life that dimly show you God's certain, constant, and celebratory love?

BECOMING v 3-10

The Apostle John gives us some things that prove we're in relationship with God.

What are some of those proofs?

We're told to practice righteousness

The "practice" here is different than our normal idea of "gradual perfection through repetition". instead it's more an idea of a shooting forth of something already there; as a bud springs from a plant.

The righteousness here isn't the legal righteousness from Romans 3, or holy purity, it's a love for other people resulting in movement towards them.

Why would practicing righteousness confirm that we're God's children?
What does it look like for you to practice righteousness this week?

PRAYER

Pray thanking God for allowing us to be in His family, that we'd have wisdom to show others the joy of belonging to that family, and patience as we grow to become more and more like Him.