Geoff Wood spoke on 1 John 5:14-21. He talked about the conclusion to John’s first letter and how important it is to be free from distractions and keep our focus on God.
1 John 5:14-21
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 you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them 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 you 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 them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 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 by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion
- Geoff talked about how he prayed to ask God to guide him in his path of life and his positive experience as he saw God move in his life. What has been your experience with praying “according to God’s will”? What does that mean to you?
- Geoff also taught us the difference between “the sin that leads to leads to death” and the one that does not. Discuss the differences with your group, and how to avoid both in your own life.
- Verse 16 talks about praying for a loved one that is committing a sin that is harming them. Do not feel like you need to share a personal sin in your group setting, of course, but have you had an experience where this kind of sharing or talking with someone else struggling with sin has made an impact in your life?
- Read verse 18 and discuss the power of this verse together. What does this verse mean to you? Have you seen this to be true in your life?