Confidence vs. Arrogance Outline1 John 1:1-4
From Knowing and Loving, Part 1
This is a “thing”
1 John 1:1–2 (ESV) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—
This is a “thing” about you (pertaining to you, relates to you, not about you per se)
1 John 1:3 (ESV) 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
Accepting this “thing” is the only way you can be happy
1 John 1:4 (ESV) 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
Questions for small group discussion or personal reflection based on this text:
- Why do people follow the Christian faith?
- What evidence do you see that sometimes that our desire is just for a small boost from our church experience and not a deep grounding in scripture?
- What evidence do you see that faith in the minds of many is a sweet and pretty thing rather than tough and tested?
- How would you explain how your set of values and beliefs have developed?
- What do you think that it means to ground faith in reality? Why do you think this might be important?
- Have you ever harbored the thought that getting really serious about your relationship with Jesus and learning the bible really, really well would make you strange? Why or why not?
- How can a person develop the confidence in God needed to live faithfully without becoming arrogant?
- Have you had the thought that it would be easier to trust God if you had been able to be in the position of the apostles to hear, see, and even touch Jesus physically?
- 1 John 1:3 says, “that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” In the message, I made the point that John means by the phrase, “so that you may have fellowship with us,” that through the apostles eyewitness testimony, it’s possible to have the same kind of relationship that they had with Jesus. In other words, that ultimately it was no advantage to them over us to have experienced Jesus in person. Is this a new thought to you? What are the implications of this truth? See also
- Our real fellowship with God, which John mentions in verse 3, is the primary catalyst for our effectiveness in obedience. In John 15:1-11 Jesus expounds on this idea of our real experience of abiding with him. Read through this passage together. What do we need to practically do so that we have a greater real experience of this “with God” life?
- Notice Jesus’ mention of joy in John 15:11 and compare that with John’s comment about joy in 1 John 1:4. How often do you think of “joy” as being a primary goal of your daily walk with Christ? John says it is a primary reason for him writing the book. What difference might it make in your daily experience as a Christian if you thought of experiencing joy in Christ a daily goal? How might you practically pursue such joy?