Family Devotional Guide - 5/16/21
Scripture: 1 John 1:4; 2:1-2; 5:11-13
Discussion: Today’s verses form the basis for the apostle John’s purposes in writing the epistle of 1 John. His reasons are: that we might have joy (1:4), that we might not sin (2:1-2), and that we might have assurance (5:11-13). As we enter into this series in 1 John, spend some time examining your life in reference to joy, sin and assurance. Pray that the Lord would increase your joy, help you forsake sin, and grant a deeper level of assurance.
Song: “Your Love Defends Me” by Matt Maher & Hannah Kerr
Scripture: 1 John 2:28-29; 3:1-9; 4:7
Discussion: The sermon notes mention that there are six characteristics of the saved. The first three are: living a righteous life (2:28-29), not practicing sin (3:1-9), and loving God and others (4:7). Evaluate your own life. How are you living up to these qualities of someone who is saved?
Song: “Change My Heart, Oh God” by Eddie Espinosa
Scripture: 1 John 5:1, 4, 18
Discussion: The sermon notes mention that there are six characteristics of the saved. The second set of three are: believing Jesus is the Christ (5:1), overcoming the world by faith (5:4), and being kept by God and not touched by the wicked one (5:18) Evaluate your own life. How are you living up to these first two qualities of someone who is saved? If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, spend some time thanking God for keeping you from the wicked one (v. 18).
Song: “Be Still My Soul” by Katharina Amalia von Schlegel, Jane Laurie Borthwick & Jean Sibelius