“The Light Has Come"
1 John 1:5-2:2
Verse of the Week
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.
[1 John 1:5]
The Big Idea
We should confront and confess our darkness and trust Jesus so that we may walk in Light.
John starts his letter by telling us about Jesus. The same Jesus that John heard from, saw with his eyes and touched for several years was the same Jesus at the beginning of time. The same Jesus was there when God said “let there be light” and there was light. Genesis 1:4 tells us that God saw that the light was good and He separated the light from the darkness. John continues the letter talking about walking in light verses walking in darkness. He tells us that the message that Jesus proclaimed was “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all”. Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy and reliable. Darkness represents what is sinful and evil. What John is telling us by saying God is light, he is saying that God is perfectly holy and true and that He alone can guide us out of the darkness of sin, showing us the right path. His light clearly and truthfully exposes our motives, whether good or bad. In the dark, if you can see at all, different objects look alike; in the light, good and evil can be clearly distinguished.
John continues telling us that when we are walking with Jesus (light), we should look like Jesus. The closer we are to Jesus, the more His light reflects off of us. On the other hand, if we are not walking with Jesus then we are walking in darkness. Walking is an action that we have to take. Being a disciple of Jesus means that you are not only following Jesus, you are also doing what Jesus did. Again, when walking with Jesus, you should be a reflection of Him. The word disciple and the word discipline are very similar. There should be spiritual disciplines in our lives. The “walk” is a spiritual discipline. Ways we can walk in light is to pray, spend time in the word, spend time with other believers, and fasting.
John tells us that those who walk in light have been purified from all sin by the blood of Jesus. How does Jesus’ blood purify us from all sin? In the Old Testament times, God required the shedding of blood for the forgiveness of sins. This is atonement. God’s people symbolically transferred their sins to an animal, which they would then sacrifice. The animal died in their place to pay for their sin and allow them to continue living in God’s favor. Thankfully God loved us so much that He sent the light (Jesus) to earth to live the perfect life that you and I could never live. He then took our punishment by dying on a criminal's cross. Jesus didn’t have to die for His sins, because He had none. He died for your sin and my sins! He took the penalty of our sins and in exchange, we receive His righteousness. Not only did He die, He arose from the grave so that we can have fellowship with Him.
How has your walk with Jesus been this week?
Galatians 5 talks about the fruit of walking in the spirit (light) vs walking in darkness (flesh). Read this with your group and ask them to think about what kind of fruit has been produced through them this week. **REMEMBER–Fruit is produced, not manufactured.** (We can’t hang our own fruit, well we can, it just won't last.)
What are some ways you can walk in the light this week?
Ch 1:9- 2:2
Confession frees us to enjoy fellowship with Christ. It should ease our minds, take away our shame, and lighten our burden of guilt. When we come to Christ, He forgives all the sins we have committed or will ever commit. Of course, we should continue to confess our sins, but not because failure to do so will make us lose our salvation. Our relationship with Christ is secure. When we come to Christ we are justified (just as if I’ve never sinned). However, we are still stuck in this fleshly body and unfortunately, we will sin. When we sin, we should confess so that we can enjoy maximum fellowship and joy with Him. True confession also involves a commitment not to continue in sin. Confession of sin is not simply saying “I am sorry.” Confession of sin should be “Lord, forgive me and I repent.” Repenting is turning from sin and turning back to God. When we walk with Jesus, there is the process called sanctification. This process takes place from the moment of salvation until the end of our earthly life. One aspect of sanctification is fighting sin. This is an everyday battle. Confession is a major part of this process. When we confess our sins, we are told that God is faithful and just and will forgive us and purify us from all unrighteousness.
What does it mean to confess your sin? What is the purpose of confessing?
Why do you think Christians do not confess sin?
Read James 1:15-16. How is confessing sin to one another healing?
Connect Group Leader Quarterly meeting will be 2pm-3pm in the 108 building on 10/23/22. This is just for Connect Group Leaders. The purpose of this meeting is to encourage, communicate events, introduce new leaders, update rosters, and questions and concerns. Hope to see yall there!
Fall Fellowship will be on 10/30/22 5pm-7pm at the Market on Madison. It will be a great time to bring a friend to join us!