Thursday, July 26, 2012

1 John 1:1-4 Joy, Life, and Fellowship Notes

JOY LIFE AND FELLOWSHIP     1 JOHN 1:1-4     7/22/2012

Welcome:  Spend a few minutes having a snack, meeting new people, and connecting with those in your Life Group.  Unplug from the week and prepare to engage!

Worship:  Connect with God through songs, prayers, and creative arts.  Invite the Holy Spirit to move and minister in your group!  Be open to God’s leading and presence!  Enjoy this time with God and one another.

Word:   This week we began our series in 1 John.  John uses the word love over and over, but we are also going to find that he is willing to challenge the church.  In fact, we are going to find that his LOVE for Christ compels him to challenge the church.  He begins this letter with words of proclamation, and invitation.  The proclamation is about Christ!  The invitation is for us!  These opening verses lay an important foundation for where he will take us in the next four chapters.  Don’t miss them!

1.         Have you ever been the one to make an announcement?  Maybe to your family, or            to a class, or at camp.  What was it like?

2.         Today we are going to reflect upon the words of 1 John 1:1-4.  As we do, allow the Holy Spirit to speak life, joy, and fellowship into your life!  I pray that God will stir you deeply as you reflect upon His word!  This week use the Message by Eugene Petersen.  Sometimes working from a different version allows you to hear differently!

1 John 1:1-4 (MSG) 1 From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in—
we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands.   2 The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen!
And now we're telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly, this: The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us.  3 We saw it, we heard it,
and now we're telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.  4 Our motive for writing
is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!

A.        Why do you think John takes such care to declare that they saw it, heard it, and touched it?  Why might this have been important to his audience?  Is it important to you?  Verses 1 & 3

B.        “The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes!”  Think about the gospel of John, and the other gospel accounts of Jesus.  If you had been with the disciples, which stories would have made you say, “The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes?”  Verse 2

C.        Explain the fellowship triangle that we looked at Sunday morning!  Verse 3


D.        John gives us one clear and final reason for writing this letter.
            What is it?  Verse 4

a.         How could this apply to a believer?

b.         How could this apply to a not yet believer?

Witness:         Have you had the joy of praying with someone to receive Christ?




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