Core Strengths: Walking Like Jesus

Core Strengths

June 21, 2015

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Mike Slaughter

Father's Day is just ahead, reminding us all of the significant role men play in our families. Life gets crazy however, and it's easy to see how a crowded pace and tempting allures could cause men--young and old--to lose sight of their created purpose as sons, husbands and fathers. Join Pastor Mike this weekend as we begin a new series of messages for overcoming the challenges that hold us back.  

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I John 1:5-7; 2:3-6 

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Walking Like Jesus

1 John is a letter of calling out contradictions. We see some repeated themes of love vs. hate, faith vs. denial and obedience vs. sin. These are all issues Christians dealt with in the beginning of their faith walk, and we still face today. Let’s study how to walk as Jesus walked.  Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
 
Day 1: 1 John 1:1-4
How do you proclaim faith in God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit? How might writing this letter make John’s joy complete? Do you feel joy when you serve in your gifting?
 
Day 2: Read 1 John 1:5-10
Who is the originator of this message? When have you claimed to be without sin? What are the two results of claiming to be without sin? How did you realize you were walking in darkness? How has confession changed you?
 
Day 3: Read 1 John 2:1-2
According to these verses, is sin a choice? How is Jesus our advocate? What is atonement, and why is an atoning sacrifice important? What does it mean to you that this sacrifice was for the sins of the whole world? How do we sacrifice for others today?
 
Day 4: Read 1 John 2:3-11
How can we measure a person’s true faith? In what situations is measuring a person’s faith important? How should we respond to the result of measuring a person’s faith? Describe how we love fellow believers vs. hating them. Where is the line between judgment and discerning?
 
Day 5: Read 1 John 2:12-17
What encompasses things of the world, and describe ways you’ve loved them? How have these worldly things brought darkness in your life? How do they compare to times of obedience and the experience of light in your life.
 
Day 6: Read 1 John 2:18-25
Describe a time when you’ve observed the situation in verse 19. Did you respond with love or hate? “See that it remains in you” implies choices in actions; describe some healthy choices you make to walk in the light.
 
Day 7: Read 1 John 2:26-29
If discerning true faith prevents being led astray, how have you made discerning choices in relationships? Are there areas of life in which you feel unconfident/ashamed? How can confession resolve those feelings? How does knowing the “anointing is real” encourage you?
 
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I John 1:5-7; 2:3-6 / Mike Slaughter / June 20 & 21, 2015     

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