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Introduction.

The series’ theme comes from 1 John 2:24, “If what you heard from the beginning lives deeply in you, you will live deeply in both Son and Father.” [The Message] We all want to be deep. We want something lasting, substantive, and profound. This study of 1 John calls us to deeply root ourselves in Jesus, in order to thrive in a fallen world.

 

Audio Version 

SERIES TITLE: Deeper

SESSION ONE: Deep Joy

TEXT: 1John 1:1-4

INTRODUCTION.

The series’ theme comes from 1 John 2:24, “If what you heard from the beginning lives deeply in you, you will live deeply in both Son and Father.” [The Message] We all want to be deep. We want something lasting, substantive, and profound. This study of 1 John calls us to deeply root ourselves in Jesus, in order to thrive in a fallen world.

DISCUSSION.

When have you had an experience you couldn’t wait to tell someone about?

EXAMINATION.

Vv.1-2 How do we identify who John is talking about?

How similar is this to John 1:1?

Why is John so repetitive and descriptive of his experience with Jesus?

Vv.3-4 How does this message impact fellowship?

How does it impact joy?

APPLICATION.  

In what ways have you “seen” “heard” “touched” Jesus?

Throughout this letter, John describes three “legs” of authentic Christian experience:

1) Truth (believing the right things about Jesus);

2) Obedience (living right for Jesus);

3) Devotion (loving Jesus).

Which of these do you find the most challenging and why?

How much joy did you experience in this past week?

If anything prevented you from “complete joy,” would it fall under the heading of Truth, Obedience, or Devotion?

  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

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