Bible Text: 3 John 1-14 | Preacher: Pastor Jack Lamb | Series: Knowing God Together BIG IDEA: True prosperity is the result of knowing and living the truth. Outline: 1. God’s Truth Fills your Life 2. God’s Truth Fuels your Love 3. God’s Truth Humbles your Pride 4. God’s Truth Guides your Relationships Application Questions: 1. Why is the “health and wealth gospel” a serious error? How would you refute it biblically? 2. What signs of obedience to other brothers and sisters see in your life? 3. How can Gaius serve as a model for our interactions with strangers? 4. How can we grow in knowledge of the truth and yet avoid spiritual pride? What are the marks of such pride? 5. What are the characteristics of a good friendship? 6. Do you prefer “ink and pen” or “face to face”? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
Bible Text: 1 John 5:13-21 | Preacher: Pastor Jack Lamb | Series: Knowing God Together Application Questions 1. How does the assurance of eternal life help you in this life? 2. When are you most confident in prayer? When are you least confident? 3. What is the difference between demonstrating Christian love towards a struggling believer and being intrusive? 4. Why does being certain of knowing the truth reflect humility and not pride? 5. What are the main lessons you have learned from 1st John?
Bible Text: 1 John 5:1-12 | Preacher: Pastor Jack Lamb | Series: Knowing God Together Can we know God if we don’t change? The way John describes faith makes it clear - those who know God are changed. Every Christian is changed because our faith is powerful, public, and personal. Outline: 1. A Powerful Faith - vs. 1-5 We share Jesus’ life We share Jesus’ love We share Jesus’ joy We share Jesus’ victory 2. A Public Faith - vs. 6-9 Christianity is Open to Scrutiny Christianity is Based on Reality 3. A Personal Faith - vs. 10-12 Eternal Life is in a Person Personal does not mean private Application Questions: 1. What is the significance of the phrase, "born of God"? What does it tell you about salvation? evangelism? 2. What does verse 1 tell us about the relationship between loving God and loving others? 3. What should a believer do when he feels that God’s commandments are grievous (burdensome)? What steps should he take? 4. Where in your day-to-day life do you feel defeated by the world? 5. If the Christian faith rests on historic evidence, in what sense does it require faith? 6. What implications does our text have for witnessing to lost people? What should we emphasize?
Bible Text: 1 John 4:7-21 | Preacher: Pastor Jack Lamb | Series: Knowing God Together Application Questions: Practically, how should we show love to a difficult person? Since no one loves perfectly, how do we apply verses 7 & 8? How much love must we demonstrate to know that we are born again? In light of verse 12, why is it crucial for Christians to love one another? Is it ever right to go public with a dispute with another Christian? If so, when and why? Why is it important to affirm that Christianity rests on eyewitness testimony, not on subjective personal feelings? Some argue that the only basis for assurance is faith in Christ, and that to look at our works is misdirected. Agree/disagree? Some teach that you must learn to love yourself before you love others and God. Why is this fallacious?
Bible Text: 1 John 4:1-6 | Preacher: Pastor Jack Lamb | Series: Knowing God Together God’s Spirit teaches and guards us in the truth so that we overcome the world and false doctrine. Sermon Outline: 1. Only Trust the Tested - vs. 1 2. What do they say about Jesus? - vs. 2-3 3. What do the ungodly think of them? - vs. 4-5 4. How do they handle the Scriptures? - vs. 6 Application Questions: 1. What is the difference between biblical discernment and the sin of being judgmental? Can discernment be taken too far? 2. How can a Christian develop discernment? 3. How does knowing the gospel guard the church? 4. How much doctrine must someone know and agree to in order to be a Christian? 5. How can we balance engaging our culture with not seeking the approval of the world? 6. What should a church look for in its preachers?
Bible Text: 1 John 3:11-24 | Preacher: Pastor Jack Lamb | Series: Knowing God Together Application Questions: 1. How can we display our love for one another? in church? outside of church? 2. How would you counsel a Christian to deal with deep-seated bitterness, anger, or hatred? 3. Often we are blind to our selfishness. How can we grow to see it so that we can deal with it in a godly manner? 4. If we gave to everyone in need, we would literally have nothing left. How do we discern when to give and when not to give? 5. Giving for others is draining. How can we keep going? What can we do to help one another in this area? 6. How can we know whether feelings of guilt stem from Satan’s accusations or from the Holy Spirit’s conviction? 7. Is it a lack of faith to pray for something but say “if it is your will”? Why or why not?
Bible Text: 1 John 2:15-17 | Preacher: Pastor Jack Lamb | Series: Knowing God Together Application Questions 1. What does it mean to be "worldly"? Could you give an example behavior and explain why it is worldly? 2. Why does John not give us the option to be partially committed both to God and to the world? 3. How can we know when enough stuff is enough? How do we choose a permissible level of luxury? 4. In what ways can popular entertainment train Christians to be worldly? 5. How can we guard our hearts and homes from an encroaching love of the world? 6. Is it possible for a church to be worldly? What would that look like?