Sun, Apr 06, 2014

Behind Enemy Lines

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  1. Flow of Thought
    1. Being a child of God means living a life free of habitual sin.
    2. We are under Christ’s protection.
    3. The world is evil and is under Satan’s control. (18c-19)
    4. Jesus has come to give us understanding so that we might know Him, the truth.
    5. We abide in the truth by abiding in Christ.
    6. Abiding in the Father and in Christ allows us to truly live forever.
    7. We are to keep from idols.
  1. Going Deeper
    1. This world is evil and is under Satan’s control. (John 12:31, 16:11; Ephesians 6:12; 2 Timothy 3:2-5: 2 Peter 3:3-4; Matthew 23:3-14)
    2. God’s protection is real.
    3. We can abide in the life of the Godhead and when we do, we experience life to the fullest.
    4. We need to be always vigilant against idols.
  1. Application
    1. Adjust your expectations. We are in enemy territory.
    2. Reject a reaction of fear.
    3. Rest in Christ’s protection.   Call out for Him to keep you safe.
    4. Get serious about abiding in the Triune Godhead. Make it a constant way of life.
    5. Cast away every object of worship but Christ.
      People go to church on Sunday; the only question is where.

Discussion Questions.

 

  1. Can you identify sins in your life that keep coming back? When does a recurring sin become habitual sin? How frequently does it have to happen before it’s a habit? What is the connection between habit and character? Why is habitual sin an unnatural condition for believers?
  2. What does it mean to you that you are under Christ’s protection? Do you believe in guardian angels? Do you have a story that reveals God’s protection for you or someone you love? Would you share that with the group? Is there a connection between God’s protection and guardian angels?
  3. As you look at the world as it is now, is it hard for you to believe that this world is under Satan’s control? What does that do in your heart? What emotions come up – fear, anxiety, surprise, confusion, peace?
  4. How do you reconcile the realities that God is ultimately in control and yet Satan is said to be the ruler of this world? Is this a contradiction? What role does human freedom or agency play in this equation? Does God delegate some of his control for a season? Does rebellion against authority mean authority is lost?
  5. How do you think the people around you see Christians generally, or evangelicals specifically? How have these attitudes changed over time? What percentage of the U.S. population are real believers? What are the possible results of our tendency to overestimate our size?
  6. How have the shifts in the homosexual question affected people’s perception of biblical Christians? What can we do in response to this? How does this affect you personally?
  7. Why does John end the letter so anticlimatically with a warning about idolatry? When you think of idols or idolatry what comes to mind? What competes with your worship of God? What do you think about the idea that “people worship on Sunday; the only question is where?”

 

 

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