Do you find it difficult confessing your sins to God? How about admitting to another person that you have wronged them, or sinned against them?
In 1 John 1:5, what do you envision the scripture means when it says, “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all”? Why is this message that God is light so important for Christians to hear?
In verse 7, what does it mean for us to walk in the light?
What contradiction does verse 6 expose? If we’re now walking in the light, why do we need the blood of Jesus to cleanse us from all sin? If we’re purified and cleansed from all sin, how should we respond to feelings of guilt?
In verses 8-10, describe denying our sin, as opposed to confessing our sin.
To confess before God means to say the same thing, or agree with God, that we are sinners. How would you explain this insight to a new believer? God’s promise of forgiveness is based on His nature and character. How does this give you assurance when you confess?
In 1 John 2:1-2, you’ll see that the goal of Christians is not to sin. What promise does verse 2 give us when we sin and fall short? Some would say, “It doesn’t matter how I live if God is always going to forgive.” On the other extreme, some say, “I’ve sinned too deeply for God to forgive.” How do you explain the fallacy in each of those statements?
Besides confessing to our Heavenly Father, who do you feel safe confessing to? Try to find someone to be an accountability partner.
A NOTE FROM THE PASTOR —
Thank you for studying along with us. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
- Pastor John