Hey there, friend! You made it to the last day of study for the week! #CELEBRATE!
Have you fallen behind? Well, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: When our study leader team met to go through the book together, not a week went by without someone being behind. In other words? It happens!
But guess what? At the end of every week, we’ll be summing up that week’s lessons for you with a blog post like this one. So if you DO fall behind, don’t quit! Remember, you can always go back at the end of the study to catch up on any missing work from your book.
And on that note, welcome to your Week 1 recap! :)
This week’s theme: Walk in the Light
Our memory verse: “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
This week, Wendy Blight introduced us to one of Jesus’ disciples, John. In his early days of ministry, John was a quick-tempered, hot-headed man, but he matured as he lived and experienced life with Jesus. He later went on to become the author of several books of the Bible, including 1 John — a letter written to those who were already believers.
John had some concerns to address, beginning with counterfeit Christians — those who know the right words to say and the deeds that make them look good, but whose hearts and lives are far from Christ.
These counterfeit Christians were manipulating God’s Word and filling the early church with false teachings. One of these teachings was that those who had unrepentant sin could still have intimate fellowship with God. As written in 1 John 1:5-7, though:
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
Walking in the light is walking in the nature of God. When we abandon that light to walk in the darkness, our fellowship with Him is interrupted because there is no darkness in Him.
Another lie John addressed was that once saved, we are without sin. He countered this in 1 John 1:8:
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
While it’s true salvation DOES give us a new nature, that new nature still exists in the old body, so sin is something we will continue to struggle against until Jesus returns. The good news, though, is that when we confess our sins and turn back to God, there is grace and He is faithful and just to forgive!
So we can walk in the LIGHT, or we can walk in the DARKNESS. God has given us the freedom to choose. Let’s choose well!
Reflect and Respond:
“Do you find yourself walking more in the light or in the darkness? What choices do you need to make to walk more consistently in the light?” (see pg. 27)