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“The Light Has Come"

[Week 9]

1 John 5:1-12

The Big Idea

Jesus’ commands are not burdensome when they come out of love for Him.

VS 1-4

John again tells us how we know that we are children of God: by believing in Jesus, by loving God and carrying out his commands. Believing in Jesus is not just a belief that Jesus existed.  In the original text, the word believe is pisteuo which means to put trust in or commit to. So we become children of God by putting our trust in Jesus. In order to trust someone you have to get to know them. When we get to know Jesus, we get to see His love for us which naturally causes us to love Him.  As we trust and love God, obedience becomes natural as well.   Loving God and carrying out His commands should be an overflow of the love that He has for you through the finished work of Jesus.  John tells us that His commands are not burdensome. Jesus tells us the same thing in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  This is not saying that it is always easy.  When obedience is driven by love, it loses its burden.  Tony Evans uses the illustrations of a mother of a newborn.  He said, “a mother doesn’t feed, change, clean, and comfort her baby because of a command-but because of love.  Does she become tired and dirty? Of course. But the work isn’t a burden because it’s her baby she’s caring for.”  Again, obedience comes from knowing and loving Jesus.  

Discussion Questions:

  1. Obeying commands may not always feel like it is "not burdensome".  What commands are hard for you to follow? How can you encourage one another in obedience?

  2. What is your next step of obedience?

VS 6-12

In these few verses, John reassures us who Jesus is.  Our mission is for everyone to be in a growing relationship with Jesus.   Our salvation starts with Jesus and we grow by getting to know Jesus more.  So, Who is Jesus?  We can clearly see all through the new testament that Jesus is God’s son. We see it at his baptism (Matt 3:16-17), at the Transfiguration (Matt 17:5), at his crucifixion (Mark 15:39) and in his resurrection (Romans 1:3-4).  God declares that Jesus is His son.   Who does Jesus say that He is? In John 14:6  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. Who is Jesus to you?

  2. What are some of the arguments people make today for who Jesus was/is?

  3. Why is it so important that we believe Jesus is God? What changes if we don’t believe that?


Important Announcements:

  • We will be worshiping in the Ice House on Dec. 4th and 11th at 11am.

  • We will be back in the theater on Dec. 18th at 11am.

  • There will be a Family Worship Night at 6:30pm on Dec. 23rd (Friday Night).

  • Christmas Service Week will be the 19th-23rd.  You can find out more details through the church website.

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