“Assured: Knowing God”
1 John 2:3-6
Question #1: How can I truly know that I know God?
- Evidence #1: I am growing in my obedience to God’s Word. (1 John 2:3-4, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:10, Mark 12:30-31, John 13:34-35)
- Evidence #2: I am growing in my love for God. (1 John 2:5a, John 14:15, 21, 23; 15:10, 14; Revelation 2:2-5)
- Evidence #3: I am growing in my dependency on God. (1 John 2:5b-6, John 15:1-2, 5; 2 Peter 1:3-4, 2 Corinthians 3:18)
Do you know that you know God?
DISCUSSION POINTS for STUDENTS and ADULTS
1. Studying the Bible, learning about God, going to church, or living the “Christian” lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean that you know God or that you experience His presence. Why? (1 John 2:3-6)
2. In what areas of your life are you growing in obedience to God’s Word?
3. In what ways is your love for God growing in your life? (eg. desiring to be in the word, or to be with his people, etc.) (1 John 2:5-6, John 14:21)
4. What part of your life is dependent on God? And what part of your life is not necessarily dependent on God? (John 15:1-2, John 15:5)
5. How do you know, that you know God? How can you have experiences or encounters with God?
Don’t forget to check out our CB students LifeGroup resource page, too!
DISCUSSION and ACTIVITY for KIDS (infant – 5th grade)
Kids in grades k4-5th, view this video: CLICK HERE then, complete the discussion below.
Kids infant – 3 or 4 years old, view and sing along with this video: CLICK HERE .
Are YOU a kinda sorta Christian? If so, are you ready to change and become something more? A real Christian knows Jesus like he’s a best friend. If you’re best friends with Jesus, you want to hang out with him. You look out for him, and stand up for him around other kids. You care about the things he cares about. And you obey him.
John 15:14 You are my friends if you do what I command.
If you’re best friends with Jesus, you’ll start acting like him.
1 John 2:6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
- Make a list of things you love to do and a list of things you hate to do. Then, make a list of things you only sort of like doing.
- How do people typically act who don’t know or care about God?
- What makes a person a best friend to you?
- What can you do to spend more time with Jesus?
- How does Jesus want us to act?
- Takeaway: Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
Here are some good ideas:
- Be sure to have family time and prayer every week, or every day!
- Brainstorm ways to serve at home or at school – and then do it!
- Try being nice to kids who don’t have friends.
- Make a habit of inviting kids to church.
Talk with a parent or teacher about this, and add some of your own things to the list. Don’t just be a “kinda sorta” Christian. Treat Jesus like your best friend, and start living like it!
Don’t forget to check out the CB kids LifeGroup resource page.