Discussion Guide for 1 John 5:1-3

1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.  2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

1 John 5:1-3

John writes his epistle in a very circular style where he re-examines his previous points from different angles. The takeaway that is reemphasized in these verses is that there are three basic marks that will always be found together when a person has been born again from above:

  1. Belief that Jesus is the Christ
  2. Love for fellow believers
  3. Obedience to God’s commands

This is a text that should lead us to examine ourselves so that we can answer the most important question in life: Am I truly born again?

The marks should be very straightforward in evaluating, but they require to be honest about what we actually practice and believe with our lives

Discussion Questions

  • What is the difference between belief and knowledge as it regards Jesus as savior?
  • How do you prove that you have to love Christians to love God?
  • How do you prove that love is more than an affectionate feeling?
  • What are some practical ways to love Christians in this present age?
  • How does religion sometimes make it more difficult to obey the actual commands of Jesus?

Prayer

Engage in a time of prayer for one another. Make sure that every individual prayer request is prayed for by another individual in the group.

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