Pastor Steve Thomas
1 John 2: 18-27
- Read 1 John 2:18-27. Also, read Matthew 24:3-28. What are two parallel ideas
between these two passages? How is 1 John 2:18-27 different?
- How does John describe the “antichrists”? How would they relate to the false teachers Paul warns the Ephesian church about? (c.f. Acts 20:29-31)
- What is “the truth” that the recipients already know and “anointing” they already have so that no one need teach them about this truth? What does this indicate the “antichrists” were trying to do? What strategies were they perhaps trying to use?
- Consider this passage from the perspective of someone who is not a Christian. What do you think they would most struggle with—the “last hour” teaching or the exclusivity of the Christian faith? How would you respond?
Spiritual Exercise: Paul tells the readers in Corinth, like John here, that the gospel is of “first importance”. Paul also tells the Christians in Rome he is excited to visit them and “preach the gospel to you”. As Christians, we must preach the gospel to ourselves. This week, begin each morning preaching the gospel to yourself, meditating on one of these passages (Rom. 3:21-26; 6:5-11; Gal. 2:20-21; Titus 3:3-7; Heb. 10:12-14), and reciting the prayer from The Valley of Vision quoted in the sermon notes.