Sincerely John

June 1 - July 21

Comfortable Christianity often means a weak Christianity. Too often we can grow comfortable and complacent in our faith, but the Apostle John, in 3 short letters, offers a different approach. Focusing on intimacy with God will ultimately lead to love, obedience, truth and a faith that is fierce


 

Following His Truth

July 20 & 21 / Doug Miller

 

 

Truth Matters

July 13 & 14 / Rob Cowles

 

 

Heart Of The Father

July 6 & 7 / Andy Miller

 

 

Lie, Love, Live

June 29 & 30 / Bob Seale


 

Loving Others

June 22 & 23 / Gary Partridge

 

 

God Wants Me Spiritually Healthy

June 15 & 16 / Doug Miller

 

 

A Bad Deal

June 8 & 9 / Doug Miller

 

 

Live In The Light

June 1 & 2 / Doug Miller

 

If you are going through these questions with a group, summarize the message from this weekend for anyone who might not have been there.

If you are going through these questions as an individual, spend some time going over your notes or writing down any thoughts or questions that stand out from the message this weekend.



Main Thought: Living In The Light Means Living Right

What do you know about the disciple John?

Read 1 John 2:3-6

What does it mean to “live as Jesus did”?

This passage, and the whole book of 1 John, says there’s a connection between our relationship with God and our relationship with others. Why do you think that is?

If you had lunch with Jesus, what do you think he would say?

What do you think confession is? How do you do it?

If you are going through these questions with a group, summarize the message from this weekend for anyone who might not have been there.

If you are going through these questions as an individual, spend some time going over your notes or writing down any thoughts or questions that stand out from the message this weekend.



Main thought: giving up more for less is a bad deal.

John’s purpose in writing in part is to correct the false views or impressions the people may have had of Jesus with what He and filling Him is really like because they had been living under false information.

How have you reacted when you’ve heard someone else misrepresenting someone dead to you?

Doug discussed the three areas John did that pull us away from the Father: the desires of the flesh, desires of the eyes and the pride of life. The Message version translates these as “wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, and wanting to appear important.” Which of these three are you more likely to fall into?

How might the world be sneaking up on you? Do you find yourself away of how you are being pulled away from God? What are some things you chase after or things you use to cope instead of seeking God- consciously or unconsciously?

Theologian Warren Wiersbe said “worldliness not only affects your response to the love of God, it also affects your response to the will of God. Anything that causes us to lose our enjoyment of the Father’s love of His doctrine is worldly and must be avoided.” How have you seen yourself fluctuate in your ability to receive the love of God and your response to His will in relation to your pursuit of worldly things?

In Dan’s testimony he says, “God doesn’t care if He wrecks us to get to know who He is.” Have you seen this be true in your life or the life of someone you care about? What was that like? How do those words make you feel?

Read 1 John 2:14. John notes that our strength is directly tied to God abiding in us. What has your experience with the Holy Spirit been like? What has your experience with God’s word (the Bible) been like?

If you’ve stored the word of God in your heart, have you seen the benefit of that? How or how not? If you haven’t, what might be preventing you from doing so?

Love of the world squeezes out love of the Father. How do you need prayer this week? What do you want to say to/ask of God?

If you are going through these questions with a group, summarize the message from this weekend for anyone who might not have been there.

If you are going through these questions as an individual, spend some time going over your notes or writing down any thoughts or questions that stand out from the message this weekend.



Main Thought: God Wants Me Spiritually Healthy

After hearing the story of the Yelp reviews, what is something in your life that you depend on “educated evaluation” to help you form your opinion?

Read 1 John 3:1-23

How do you evaluate your spiritual health?

Where do you tend to find your identity?

What changes in your life when you are actively embracing your identity in Christ?

When is it hardest for you to be aware of where God is inviting you to show love to someone else? How might God want to meet you in that place?

If you are going through these questions with a group, summarize the message from this weekend for anyone who might not have been there.

If you are going through these questions as an individual, spend some time going over your notes or writing down any thoughts or questions that stand out from the message this weekend.



Main Thought: Loving Others Reveals My Love For God

What is your favorite quote about love?

How would you explain agape love to someone?

When is the last time you sent a handwritten letter?

When is the last time you received a hand written letter?

Read 1 John 4:7-12

What are some practical ways you can show the kind of love that John is talking about?

How do you feel knowing that Jesus became the substitute for your sins?

What does God’s love require of you?

If you are going through these questions with a group, summarize the message from this weekend for anyone who might not have been there.

If you are going through these questions as an individual, spend some time going over your notes or writing down any thoughts or questions that stand out from the message this weekend.



Main Thought: Trust In Jesus Deconstructs Lies And Overcomes The World

What are some lies you have believed about yourself?

Read 1 John 4:17-21

How do you picture God when you think of approaching judgment day?

What lies do you find yourself believing about God?

Is it more difficult for you to give love or receive love?

Where have you experienced “holy discontent” in your life?

Where have you seen your trust in Jesus deconstruct a lie in your life?

If you are going through these questions with a group, summarize the message from this weekend for anyone who might not have been there.

If you are going through these questions as an individual, spend some time going over your notes or writing down any thoughts or questions that stand out from the message this weekend.



Have you ever been a part of a club or sports team in your life? If so what was the group you were a part of? What were some things that you had in common with others in that group?

What makes Plum Creek a group of people that you want to be a part of?

We all have the opportunity to be a part of God’s family. What steps does someone need to take to join His family?

This weekend we talked about how the Holy Spirit works in our life to bring us closer to Christ. How has He done this is your life?

Have you ever run into someone who doesn’t believe that Jesus is God? Why did they not believe that He was God? How did you engage them in conversation?

Have a couple of group members tell their testimony of how they discovered who Jesus was and surrendered their life to Him.

What are some of the signs that John gave us in I John that show that we believe that Jesus is God in our life?

Paul Tripp says . . . “God is unwilling to be your means to what you call the “good life.” Your relationship with him must be your definition of the good life.”. Reflect on this quote when it comes to prayer. Do you think we pray for the right reasons?

John tells us to pray in a manner that we KNOW God hears us. Who is someone in your life that you will always drop everything to listen to?

How does that example translate over to our relationship with Jesus? What are some steps you can take to have a relationship with God where you will drop everything to listen to Him as He does for you?

As believers and a group we need to live in community. That means that we pray for each other to stay away from sin and eliminate idols in our life. Break your group up into men and women. Read back over I John 5:13-21. Take some time to share with each other ways you can pray for one another to stay out of sin. The more we are in authentic Christian community the more we will be open about struggles we face. If our faith is real according to John we will pray for each other to stay on the path towards Christ rather then being caught up in sin.

If you are going through these questions with a group, summarize the message from this weekend for anyone who might not have been there.

If you are going through these questions as an individual, spend some time going over your notes or writing down any thoughts or questions that stand out from the message this weekend.



Main Thought: Truth Matters

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “live your truth”? How do you feel when you think about God’s ask for obedience?

Do you believe God understands you better than you know yourself? What is hard for you about trusting God’s ways?

Have you ever found out the hard way that a rule a parent made for you as a kid was actually for your good? Have you ever had this experience with God?

Where is it easy for you to choose your way over God’s way? In what places is it easy for you to not even acknowledge God’s way because you are so used to acting independently?

Which is harder for you to come to terms with in the way you love - that love and obedience are intertwined or that truth and love are intertwined? Why do you think that is?

Has the truth set you free? What do you think God intended for us in scripture when He says this?

What parts of yourself do you need to be set free from? What truths about who God is or who you are in Him are you having a hard time believing? Consider asking Him for help in those places and asking a friend you trust to remind you who He says you are and who He is.