Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by projection from the meeting, as well as a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Josh opened our time together with announcements and Matthew led us in a Call to Worship from Revelation 15:3-4.
Craig Smith shared about the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt and the need for volunteer help. Sara Campbell then shared about ministry opportunities in the King’sKids Ministry.
Matthew prayed and Beth Webb read 1 John 1:5-7 – the text for the message, “Walking in the Light” as part of our new Assured of Salvation series. To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.
After the message we sang Nothing but the Blood and Josh closed our time together with a benediction.
Projection from the message:
“John’s frame of reference in the epistle is not dominated first of all by his teaching, his commands, or his encouragement to love, or even the occasions that call all these forth. It is dominated rather by his vision of God.” – Robert Yarbrough
- The blood of Jesus teaches us that we are not our own. Brothers and sisters, God owns your body, not you, because he bought you with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
- The blood of Jesus assures us of our worth in God’s sight as individuals and as a church, and motivates us to value and care for one another as God values and cares for us (Acts 20:28)
- The blood of Jesus enables us to experience peace in the midst of the most difficult situation, confident that the Lord is near (Ephesians 2:13)
- The blood of Jesus weans our affections away from loving the pleasures of this world and back to loving God (Hebrews 9:14)
- The blood of Jesus frees us to bring our darkest secrets into the light, confident they too can be forgiven (Hebrews 10:19)
- The blood of Jesus strengthens our communion with the Father (John 6:56)
- The blood of Jesus instructs us in the kind of sacrifices we must be willing to make for the sake of pleasing the Lord (Hebrews 12:4)
- The blood of Jesus comfort us with the promise that God understands our sorrow (Hebrews 13:12)
- The blood of Jesus renews our confidence that the power of God is greater than the power of sin (Revelation 1:5)
- The blood of Jesus empowers us to work for unity in the church (Revelation 5:9)
- The blood of Jesus proves that we can trust God to bring justice to pass (Romans 3:25)
- The blood of Jesus quiets our hearts with an assurance of the Father’s love (Romans 8:32)
- The blood of Jesus guarantees our joy in the new heavens and the new earth (Revelation 5:9)
1. What standard do you use to determine what is right and wrong? What is the standard set forth in 1 John 1:5? What is the outward effect when one humbly recognizes that God is the sole arbiter of what is right and wrong?
2. Matthew said that biblical community is not just a group of people empathizing and and being miserable together, but rather a group who is spurring one another on to walk in the light. What does this look like? Is this something that you find comes naturally to your group or with some difficulty?
3. Building upon the above idea of walking together in the light, how does this lead to effective trans-cultural communion with others and genuine racial reconciliation? How does being united in Christ lead to greater tangible unity among ethnically diverse believers?