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1 John 3:16 - 18
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1 John 3:16 - 18 (1)
- We are going to talk about helping people in need, like the victims of hurricane Katrina.
Let's begin with this question. When did you first realize, "This is really bad!" (With
reference to Katrina.) Have there been any particular shows you have watched that have
- Let's read this passage through, then read verse 18 out loud (at least) five
times-until it is memorized.
- The text says that Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. What is the difference between
laying down your life and helping out? What would be some examples of each?
- Are we to lay down our life for a cause, or an ideology? What are we to lay down our
lives for? (2)
- Which is easier, to dedicate your self to serving God or to dedicate yourself to serving
- Does serving God necessarily involve serving people?
- When we serve people, can we expect they will be grateful, appreciative, and act
- Verse 17. What is the answer to this question?
- Is this saying that if we don't help needy people we don't have Christ's love in us? (3)
- Can anyone describe a time when you were on the receiving end of this equation? Tell us
your story? When were you needy and someone helped you?
- Which is easier, to be the helper, or the helpee?
- Verse 18. Why the temptation to "love in word or tongue"?
- What would be some examples of helping with word or tongue?
- What does it mean action and truth? I understand action. What is truth about in this
- How have you seen people love in action in the wake of Katrina? What are some
- Have any of you already done some things? What have you done so far?
- Let's make a list of needs. Don't think about resources or limitations just yet, let's just
brainstorm about needs. What are the needs?
- Let's brainstorm. What are some things we could do? Let's make a long list. Not
committing to anything, just brainstorming what we could do.
- Why is it important that we do something?
- How does it benefit us to do something?
- What will it cost us if we don't do something?
- What keeps us from doing things?
- Do you think this is something we ought to get going on right away, or think and pray,
and study and consider and plan for a while?
- What can we do next, now, this week?
1. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay
down our lives for our brothers.  If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in
need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not
love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:16-18 (NIV)
3. An exercise in redundancy to drive home the point.