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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.

 

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SERIES TITLE: Deeper

SESSION SEVEN: Deep Hope

TEXT: 1John 2:28-3:10

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.

In “Dying of Despair,” Psychiatrist Aaron Kheriaty noted the startling rise in deaths from suicide. He pointed to long-term research that shows the difference between those who survive and those who die isn’t about pain, money, or culture. “The most dangerous factor is a person's sense of hopelessness….We cannot live without hope.” Do you agree or disagree with this? Why?

EXAMINATION.

  • 2:28-29 What does John state as being true of God’s children?
  • 3:1 What is the basis of our identity as children of God?
  • Why doesn’t the world recognize us as such and does it matter?
  • 3:2 What will the children of God be “when he appears”?
  • 3:3 What is this hope and how does it relate to purity?
  • 3:4-10 How does this support what it means to “purify” oneself?
  • What is the devil’s work that Jesus came to destroy?

APPLICATION.

  • Deep hope is found in these two facts: knowing I am God’s child, and knowing I am destined for glory. Which of these do you find the most challenging to accept and why?
  • There are only two categories of people in this world. Either you are a child of God through faith in Christ, or you are not. How does that impact those who once claimed to follow Jesus, but no longer do so? (refer to 2:4, 15, 22-23; 3:6, 7-10)
  • Sinless perfection is not possible in this life, so when I fail and sin, how do I know that my identity as God’s child is secure? (refer to 1:7-9; 2:1-2)
  • If the mission of the church is NOT to correct the world’s values or curb its immorality, what is the church’s mission in the world?
  • How has the presence of “deep hope” been evident in your life? Or where has its absence been obvious?
  • 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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