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?
2. What determines whether a person has eternal life (verse 12)?
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?
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?
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?
6. How would it affect your relationship with God if you doubted His commitment to you? Have you ever experienced this?
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?
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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