Pastor Thomas Costello spoke on 1 John 2:28-3:3. He talked about wanting to be more and more like our big brother Jesus.
1 John 2:28-3:3
God’s Children and Sin
28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.
3 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[a] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion
- Pastor Thomas shared a story about feeling vulnerable and depending on God as his father during a trial. Can you describe a time in your life when you remember leaning ONLY on God as your dad to take care of you?
- We often feel a lot of shame and guilt when dealing with our sin and talking to our Father. How have you dealt with feelings of guilt and shame in your own life?
- The Lord LOVES us so much and lavishes that love on us (verse 3:1) as his children. Have you experienced God’s love in your life recently? Describe that to your group.
- We can see from this passage that we will one day be like Jesus (verse 3:2), but we need to be like him now. How can we actually become more like Jesus in our daily lives right now? Discuss some practical ways….