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Vision 20/20

1 John 2:3-6

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

Read: We are a biblically rooted church who wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and connection to a family who cares.

Transformation Questions:

  • What certainty is given in this passage to a person to know whether or not they believe in God?
    • If the person lives in a way that keeps God’s commandments.
  • Is this passage saying that if you are obedient you are saved?
    • NO! Salvation only comes from putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as the atonement for sin.  
  • Why then, in this passage, is the proof of salvation obedience?
    • Obedience is the outward expression and overflow of the inward reality of your soul. This is the connection of faith and works in the book of James. James 2:17, “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” To be clear though, obedience or works cannot save a person because salvation comes by faith alone. We believe in a free grace salvation.
  • People are programmed differently for worship. Would you say you know God more mentally or are you more action-driven? What makes you feel more driven in one way and less in the other?
  • How would you describe repentance?
    • The simplest definition of repentance is “to turn away.”
  • If you were explaining repentance to an unbeliever, how would you explain it and the need for it?
    • You would push them to repent of not believing in Christ.
  • How would you explain repentance to a believer? What kinds of things should believers repent from doing?
    • Anything that does not bring glory to God. Repentance pushes the believer further into holiness.
  • Pastor Todd talked about orienting your day, week, month, and year around Christ.
    • What are things that you can do to orient your day around Christ?
      • You can wake up earlier to spend time in prayer. Engage in the forty days of prayer challenge. You can try to work in a spiritual conversation in at work. You can look for ways to serve Christ by going out of your way to serve other
    • What are things you can do to orient your heart to Christ in your weekly schedule?
      • If you are here, you are doing good in joining a weekly Bible study and attending weekly Sunday Worship. You can also meet weekly with an accountability partner or reach out to someone to disciple you.
    • How do you annually orient your life around God? (Like traditions and retreats)
      • This would be like what you do for Easter and Christmas. You could quarterly take a day to get alone and worship. You could annually go on a marriage retreat or a conference.
  • One thing people do to orient their lives around God is to fast. What is fasting and why do people do it?
    • Fasting is giving up food to concentrate on God in prayer in the period of a day or week. Some people fast by giving other things up but traditionally fasting is associated with the withholding of food.  

Service

  • Did you decide on a service project last week? If not decide on something you can do together this quarter to show the love of Christ to the community.
  • Then, put a date on your calendars and begin planning actionable steps to accomplish your goals.