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Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is winding down, and we are about to leave the Book of Matthew behind. I hope you all found it as transformative as I did and learned about God, His Son, and His plans, and grew with Him.

I will be posting later this week some suggested summer Bible Studies (as well as what I intend to do right here if you all want to follow along). I sincerely hope you all have found a bit of a nugget here in this blog at some point this past year about the Book of Matthew.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of 1 John: Week 2, Day 6: 1 John 4:19

PASSAGE IN 1 JOHN 4:19

“We love because he loved us first.”

1 John 4:19

REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR 1 JOHN 4:19

15) Dear Lord, thank you for this life and life every day. Thank you for giving me the ability to follow my passion and for being able to do things with my kids and share my life with my kids.

16) Unsure how to put that into words. His love for me is so unfathomable for me that I can’t really describe this.

CONCLUSIONS TO WEEK 2 OF WORDGO’S STUDY OF 1 JOHN

I love how God’s fellowship can change how we live and how God aligns our hearts with His will in prayer. Good stuff!

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of 1 John: Week 2, Day 5: 1 John 5:1-21

Summary of 1 John 5

If we love God, we’ll keep His commands, which are not burdensome.

Jesus came by water and blood, and it’s the Spirit, water, and blood that testifies.

God has given us eternal life. If we ask God anything in His will, He hears us.

Pray for those who sin, and God will give them life.

Jesus has come and given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. When we are in Christ, we are in him.

Questions for 1 John 5:1-21

12) God has given us eternal life. The evidence of our faith is love for others and keeping God’s commands. The object of our faith is Christ and God. The results of faith are eternal life and asking God who hears us.

13) Anyone born of God does not continue to sin. The One who was born of God keeps them safe. The evil one cannot harm them.

14) Yes. Give me help to know the joyful obedience in where I live and be open to where to move if that is your will.

Conclusions to WordGo Study of 1 John 5:1-21

Faith produces obedience and love. God holds our hears. We now have the power to obey. We have a new perspective.

Faith tells us God answers our prayers and we have eternal salvation. God answers prayers according to His will with infinite wisdom, mercy, and grace.

We pray to align our hearts with His. If we pray according to God’s will, we are certain He hears and will answer.

God protects us from sin, we are His, we know the Truth.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of 1 John: Week 2, Day 4: 1 John 4:7-21

Summary of 1 John 4:7-21

Let us love one another. Since God loved us enough to send his Son to die for our sins, we should love one another. God lives in us and his love is complete in us if we love others.

We have the Holy Spirit sent by God to live in us. If we acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God, God lives in us.

God is love. We have no fear if we have Jesus. If you love God, you must love your brother and sister. We love because God loved us first.

Questions for 1 John 4:7-21

9) God demonstrated his love by sending his Son to die for our sins. His love is made known to us by the Holy Spirit that lives in us and his love is complete in us if we love others.

10) If we acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God, God lives in us and we live in God. We know and rely on the love God has for us. There is no fear.

11) Care and love for others

Conclusions to WordGo Study of 1 John 4:7-21

Here, we see who God is and how we are in God. A life of faith and love shows that we are Christ’s. God is love. A child’s life bears the imprint of their parents’ character.

God gave us Jesus as the ultimate gift of love. So we should love others, too, with the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of 1 John: Week 2, Day 3: 1 John 3:1-4:6

Summary of 1 John 3

We are the children of God; He loves us. We are like him. Jesus takes away our sins. Don’t let others lead you astray. You are righteous if you do right.

Love one another. Don’t be surprised if the world hates you. If you don’t love, you remain in death. Love with actions and in truth. We know what love is because Christ died for us out of love. We ought to do the same for our brothers and sisters.

The command: to believe in God’s Son and to love one another as he commanded us. He who keeps God’s commands lives in God, and we receive from him anything we ask.

Summary of 1 John 4

Beware of false prophets. Those who deny Jesus is not from God is the spirit of the antichrist. We are from God and have overcome the evil one. We are from God and whoever knows God listens to us.

Questions for 1 John 3:1-4:6

6) “We are the children of God and what we will be has not yet been made known.” Christians cannot sin because God’s seed (the Holy Spirit) is within and they have been born of God. We are strengthened against sin. We are God’s and we hope in Jesus. Because God has no sin and we are in him, we desire to stop sinning.

7) Since Jesus laid down his life for us, we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. We should love with actions and in truth and not with words or speech. In truth, we should radiate love and be love.

8 ) Every Spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God. It means to acknowledge that Jesus came as fully human and is also fully God.

Conclusions to WordGo Study of 1 John 3:1-4:6

John’s next test of true fellowship is to examine how we live. We should be righteous, have love, and have discernment. A life of chosen sin is not a life in Jesus. Believers confess when they sin, feel remorse, and vow to live a better life.

Jesus is our ultimate example of love. Our love is our actions.

We can detect deceivers by their lies and false teachings.

Do you want to grow with God? That is how believers should live. God is with us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of 1 John: Week 2, Day 2: 1 John 2:3-29

Summary of 1 John 2:3-29

If we obey God’s word, love for God is in us. If we live in God, we must live as Jesus did. If you love your neighbor, you are in God’s light. Your sins have been forgiven; you have overcome evil; you are strong and the Word of God lives in you. Don’t love the world and what is in it; love God instead.

Whoever denies that Jesus is the Son of God is the antichrist. Beware those trying to lead you astray. Continue in Christ.

Questions for 1 John 2:3-29

3) If we obey God’s Word, we have assurance He is in us because our love for God is truly made complete in them. You must live as Jesus did if you claim to live in him. Christians are commanded to love their brother and sister. Christians are commanded to not love the world or anything in the world.

4) Perseverance here is characterized by the words “remain in (or abide) and “continue in.” They hold onto God’s truth. False teachers deny Jesus is the Christ and that he is also God, both fully human and fully God. They speak against the truth in the Bible. God’s Word will help you hold onto the Truth.

5) The world normalizes sin and accepts it. Examples include striving to “have it all” and being materialistic, so anything you desire more than the Father. Believers can put God above all else and let their actions shine God, rather than the world. You can always give God the credit over everything else.

Conclusions to WordGo Study of 1 John 2:3-29

By obeying God’s Word, you can have assurance He is in you. Obviously, that’s easier said than done.

Next, persevere. If you obey and persevere, you cannot be led astray by false teachers.

We are to remain in the Lord, in God’s word, and in faith. We are to lean on him and live in his word.

Obeying God leads to knowing Him more.

Let the Holy Spirit guide you.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of 1 John: Week 2, Day 1: 1 John 2:3-5:21

Summary of 1 John 2:3-29

If we obey God’s word, love for God is in us. If we live in God, we must live as Jesus did. If you love your neighbor, you are in God’s light. Your sins have been forgiven; you have overcome evil; you are strong and the Word of God lives in you. Don’t love the world and what is in it; love God instead.

Whoever denies that Jesus is the Son of God is the antichrist. Beware those trying to lead you astray. Continue in Christ.

Summary of 1 John 3

We are the children of God; He loves us. We are like him. Jesus takes away our sins. Don’t let others lead you astray. You are righteous if you do right.

Love one another. Don’t be surprised if the world hates you. If you don’t love, you remain in death. Love with actions and in truth. We know what love is because Christ died for us out of love. We ought to do the same for our brothers and sisters.

The command: to believe in God’s Son and to love one another as he commanded us. He who keeps God’s commands lives in God, and we receive from him anything we ask.

Summary of 1 John 4

Beware of false prophets. Those who deny Jesus is not from God is the spirit of the antichrist. We are from God.

Let us love one another. Since God loved us enough to send his Son to die for our sins, we should love one another. God lives in us and his love is complete in us if we love others.

We have the Holy Spirit sent by God to live in us. If we acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God, God lives in us.

God is love. We have no fear if we have Jesus. If you love God, you must love your brother and sister. We love because God loved us first.

Summary of 1 John 5

If we love God, we’ll keep His commands, which are not burdensome.

Jesus came by water and blood, and it’s the Spirit, water, and blood that testifies.

God has given us eternal life. If we ask God anything in His will, He hears us.

Pray for those who sin, and God will give them life.

Jesus has come and given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. When we are in Christ, we are in him.

Questions for 1 John 2:3-5:21

1 ) Love comes from God, and if you love others, you’ve been born of God and know him. God loved us enough to send his only Son so that we might live through him. We should love one another, and if we do, God lives in us and makes us complete. God has given us the Spirit and his Son. Love is from God, and it gives us the power to love others.

2 ) This is a hard one. Unsure what evidence I see. It’s always a challenge to self-evaluate. I hope I love others. I’m not very assured, really.

Conclusions to WordGo Study of 1 John 2:3-5:21

We must depend on Jesus and let His life define and empower us. Sinful people can know God through his gift of Christ to us. Then we can have fellowship with God.

John offers us five tests of true fellowship with God:

  1. Test of Obedience (2:3-17)
  2. Test of Perseverance (2:18-29)
  3. Test of Moral Purity (3:1-4:6)
  4. Test of Love (4:7-21)
  5. Test of Faith (5:1-21)

Knowing God transforms us and the way we live, as we turn from sin. God’s grace allows us to not sin. When we are sinful, the Holy Spirit corrects us, and we repent. We vow to be more like Christ.

The Holy Spirit lives in you and changes you.

Know that you do indeed know God.

Great overview of what we’ll study this week! Themes: God loves us; therefore, we love others. As we love, we turn from sin.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of 1 John: Week 1, Day 6: 1 John 1:7

PASSAGE IN 1 JOHN 1:7

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

1 John 1:7

REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR 1 JOHN 1:7

15) I’d be less stressful, less worrisome over money and the economy, and I’d have more faith that God is leading me down the right path.

16) Not trusting people whom I love and being mean about that lack of trust that is my fault. I will pray to remove that wall.

CONCLUSIONS TO WEEK 1 OF WORDGO’S STUDY OF 1 JOHN

Great week on our sinful nature and how Christ can save us from it. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we all have hope for a less sinful life. We can love more and grow closer to God each and every day if we choose to. Putting God first helps. Let us be satisfied in God’s love and walk in the light more and more.

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Summer Bible Study: WordGo’s Study of 1 John: Week 1, Day 3: 1 John 1:5-7

Summary of 1 John 1:5-7

God is light; there is no darkness in Him. If we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another. Jesus’s blood purifies us.

Questions for 1 John 1:5-7

6) “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” Jesus declared himself light in John 8:12 and whoever follows him will never walk in darkness, but have the light of life or eternal life. You cannot walk in light and in darkness at the same time. You have to leave darkness to enter the light; you have to accept Jesus’ sacrifice for you.

7) False claim: You cannot claim to have fellowship and walk in darkness; you don’t live by the truth then. Instead, true evidence is to walk in the light or living by God’s truths.

8 ) Follow God’s Word and decrees, repent of sin, do your best to be like Jesus and grow like him a little bit more with each passing day. When you live by God’s truth, your life is light and everyone will be able to see what God has done for you. Those who live in darkness choose to be evil and they hate the light/Jesus.

Conclusions to WordGo Study of 1 John 1:5-7

God is light, and He brought light into our world when He created the heavens and the earth. Light represents God’s holiness, His perfection, His righteousness, and His goodness. Light is eternal life.

When you walk in God’s light, you repent of your old ways and walk in God’s ways. Jesus’ blood cleanses us, so we can be in the light, too!

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