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Encouraging Words #2

Good Questions: These lesson Have Groups Talking!



1 John 3:19 - 24; 5:1 - 21 (1)




  1. As we read this passage, look for what it teaches about the assurance of our salvation.
  2. Verse 19 - 21. What are we to do/ think/ feel when our hearts condemn us?
  3. What exactly does it mean for our hearts to condemn us?
  4. What do you do when your heart condemns you?
  5. Does your heart condemn you often?
  6. Verse 21 speaks of confidence before God. On a scale of one to ten, would you say you have confidence before God?
  7. Verse 21. What is the relationship between answered prayer and obedience?
  8. What two commands (apparently two biggies) are given in verse 23?
  9. What results can we expect from obeying his commands? Verse 24.
  10. 5.3. How are love of God and obedience to God related?
  11. Why is it impossible to love God yet refuse to obey Him?
  12. How do you respond to someone who says they love God but don't obey God's commands?
  13. 5.3 What does it means his commands are not burdensome? Are any of God's commands a burden?
  14. Is it always in our best interest to live the Christian life? Any exceptions?
  15. 5.4. What does it mean to overcome the world?
  16. How does faith overcome the world?
  17. How do we become a person of strong faith and confidence?
  18. 5.6. What does it mean water and blood?
  19. 5.13. Why did John write these things?
  20. When did you come to know that you have eternal life?
  21. Is it possible to have a "false positive"? That is, is it possible to have confidence that you have eternal life, but really not have eternal life?
  22. Is it possible to actually have eternal life but not have confidence in it?
  23. Consider four boxes.

Actually saved;

No confidence.

Actually saved;

Confident you are saved.

Actually not saved;

No confidence.

Actually not saved;

Confident you are saved.

  1. What percentage of regular church goers would you say are in each box?
  2. What percentage of the unchurched are in each box-again, just a guess.
  3. Which box represents people in the worst predicament?
  4. How do we move from wherever the top left corner box?
  5. How would you counsel a friend that was really struggling with doubting his salvation?
  6. Why is having confidence in your salvation important?
  7. How can we pray for one another?


1. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence [20] whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

[21] Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God [22] and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. [23] And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. [24] Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 1 John 3:19-24 [NIV]

[5:1] Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. [2] This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. [3] This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, [4] for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. [5] Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

[6] This is the one who came by water and blood--Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. [7] For there are three that testify: [8] the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. [9] We accept man's testimony, but God's testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. [10] Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. [11] And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

[13] I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. [14] This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. [15] And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him.

[16] If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that. [17] All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

[18] We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him. [19] We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. [20] We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true--even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

[21] Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:1-21 [NIV]