THE BIG IDEA:
Just like a large rock is solid and inspires confidence, we can be confident that God is with us now and forever if we’ve trusted in Christ. Our relationship with him is secure.
Without trusting in Christ’s death and resurrection to save us, we will die and be separated from God for eternity. As Christ-followers, we may lack confidence in our relationship with God because we don’t understand that basis of our confidence is Christ, not what we do for God.
Rest in God’s promise that those who trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins can be sure they have eternal life and are secure in their relationship with God.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TOPIC:
The author of 1 John writes this letter to followers of Christ who have become unsettled in their relationship with God. He wants to give us confidence in our relationship with Christ and help us understand that the basis of this confidence is Christ Himself.
This rock stands firm even as the waves crash upon it minute after minute and storms pummel it on a regular basis. Just as we can trust that that rock will stand firm, we can be confident in our relationship with Jesus. Even though we fail over and over again, our standing with God will never change if we are his.
- What I want the group to know and understand: Our relationship with God is secure once we put their faith in Christ. We can never lose this relationship; we are with God now and for all eternity.
- What I want the group to experience: Confidence, peace, and joy, knowing that our relationship with God is secure and that he is with us now and forever.
- How I want the group to respond: In confidence that our relationship with God is secure through faith in Jesus and with excitement that he is with them now and forever.
- Share the Gospel with them – even if they have heard the gospel in a large group, it is still important for them to go through it one on one. [Gospel Training] [God Tools App]
- Focus on building a relationship with them
- Encourage them to bring a friend – it will help them feel more comfortable
- Share your Testimony with them – let them know you are real and willing to be vulnerable. [Testimony Training]
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David and Maria have been seeing each other for some time now. He has really been wondering if they have something special between them. They were supposed to meet for lunch, but Maria never showed up. As David was coming out of the restaurant, he noticed Maria across the street getting into a car with Michael, a classmate of hers. David just stood there with a thousand thoughts running through his head.
What impact does it have on a close relationship if you have doubts about whether the relationship will last, whether the other person is committed to you, or whether you’re committed to the other person? How could similar doubts affect your relationship with God?
1. Read 1 John 5:10-13. Verses 10-11 say that God has given us testimony (a statement about what is true) about his Son Jesus Christ and where to find eternal life. Why is it a big deal that God is the one giving this testimony?
It’s a big deal that God gives this testimony because he’s totally reliable. That means everything he says is reliable about his Son Jesus Christ and where to find eternal life.
2. What determines whether a person has eternal life (verse 12)?
Whether a person has the Son.
3.What do you think it means to have the Son (verse 12)? Do you have the Son? If so, when did this relationship begin?
Having the Son means you’ve trusted him to rescue you from sin and death and be your leader (some people refer to this as Jesus being your Savior and Lord). Having the Son ultimately means he has you. Through trusting in Jesus, you’re in a relationship with God that grows in this life and continues into eternity.
4. Why do you think verse 13 uses the word“know” instead of a word like “hope” to refer to confidence about having eternal life?
God wants us to be confident that we have eternal life based on having the Son, who did everything necessary through his death and resurrection to give us eternal life.
5. How does this passage grow your confidence in your relationship with God and in knowing that you’ll be with him forever if you’ve placed your trust in Jesus?
Allow the group to discuss.
6. How would it affect your relationship with God if you doubted His commitment to you? Have you ever experienced this?
Allow the group to discuss.
7.Read John 10:27-29. Think of a challenging situation you’re facing right now. How do Jesus’ words help you face this challenge?
Allow the group to discuss. Jesus’ words put our challenges in perspective. Regardless of how hard something is, it doesn’t change that Jesus has given us eternal life and that God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ hold us securely in their hands. This gives us confidence and peace as we face challenging situations.
8. Tonight as you lie down to rest, thank God for his love for you, his forgiveness of all your sins, and that you will spend your eternity with him if you’ve placed your trust in him. If you haven’t placed your trust in Jesus, take time tonight to invite him to forgive you for your sins and be your leader.
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