1.  Icebreaker:

-        Why is it so hard not to get caught up in loving the material things of the world? 

 2. What (did the text say):

-        Read 1 John 1:4, 2:1-2, and 2:12-13.  What a three purposes of the book for the audience?

-        Read 2:3-6.  How can we know that we have come to know God?

-        What does hatred do to our ability to see (v11)? Explain. (Think: Consider carefully what it means to love or hate as 1 John continues.)

-        Read 2:15-17.  Why are we not supposed to love the things of the world?

 3. What Else (does the Bible say in relation to historical / literary context)

-        Doing a phrase analysis (using NET translation), the following repeated phrases occur: “i have written to” (4 occurrences), “have written to you” (4 occurrences), “i am writing to” (3 occurrences), “that you have known” (3 occurrences), “am writing to you” (3 occurrences).  The phrases “to you”, “you have”, and “that you” also occur roughly 10 times each.  What does this textual analysis imply about the relationship between John and his audience, as well as the theme and intent of the chapter.  

-        Read 1 John 2:23.  Compare that to the gospel of John in John 5:18, 10:33, 19:7. 

-        Explain the relationship between habitual sin and isolated acts of sin.

-        Describe the false teachers’ beliefs.

4. Now What (should we do as a response to the text)  

 -        Today’s church often (rightly) emphasizes grace and forgiveness. In the Bible there is also a complimentary message that calls to repentance and holiness.  Sin is not to be brushed away and accepted in a Christian’s life.  Discuss how community groups can play a role in this call to holiness.

 FAMILY DISCUSSION GUIDE

-        What is sin?

-        Why does God want us to do the right thing?