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Loving Jesus

Lesson Notes from Sunday, March 13, 2023

Read 2 John

Review Questions:

  • Who is the “Elder” and why?
    • The Elder is likely John, who also wrote the gospel of John
    • John has a distinct writing style and repeatedly writes about the following themes: the new commandment to love each other, holding to the truth, the Antichrist, and abiding in Jesus
  • Who is John referring to when he addressed the “lady and her children” and why?
    • Likely the house church that meets in the home of a well known lady/sister and the disciples that meet at her home
  • What does it mean to Love Jesus?
    • To love Jesus is to obey his commands, John 8:31-32
    • When we hold to Jesus’s teachings we learn what is true and we will be set free from sin and destruction.
  • How does “abiding in the truth" and "walking in the truth" differ?
    • Abiding is having a knowledge, understanding and belief
    • Walking is the actual implementation of this knowledge, the action part, going and serving someone for example
    • Our joy is complete when we meet together face to face. We experience the love of Jesus when we fellowship with each other.
    • Read Colossians 2:20-23:It is important to remember as baptized Christians we have a new life and can focus on what we can do with our new freedom in Christ; we can love each other.

  • In 2 John verse 7-8, John talks about an “anti-christ”. Who is the “anti-christ”?
    • The “anti-christ” is Anyone who teaches that Jesus did not come in the flesh (as a human), die, was raised to life by God, and will return in the flesh.
    • Jesus was the first born from the dead, therefore, we have our hope in that we too will be raised to a new life in Him. If Jesus did not resurrect in the flesh, that means we will have no chance of doing the same thing. Therefore, it is important to understand and believe this concept. John is really firm about this. He says to not even associate with people that teach against this truth. 
  • The GOOD NEWS of Jesus is that it is possible to live a resurrected life here on earth as a baptized disciples and to look forward to returning to our spiritual state that started off in the garden of Eden when we get to spend eternity with God.

Come To Jesus

What does it really mean when someone says to you, “It’s time to have a Come to Jesus Talk”?

Let us take a look in the bible and to see what happens to someone’s life when she meets up with and has a real talk with Jesus.

Read John 4: 7-14

  • When the Samaritan woman met Jesus, he offered her living water. What is living water? Why did he offer her living water? What was she looking for? What was the cost of the living water and who paid for it?
    • Living water, an idiom for spiritual life that will never end
    • He offered her living water because it was obvious she was looking for everlasting fulfillment in something else, perhaps in the several husbands she had--failed relationships.
    • Jesus offers everlasting life to whoever will accept it, it is free
    • Jesus paid for everlasting life with the price of his own life
  • What happened to this woman after her “come to Jesus talk?”
    • She took his offer and changed her life, then she informed the whole town, verse 28
    • Because of her willingness to talk to Jesus and respond in favor, others were able to seek out Jesus and have their own conversation with Jesus and receive faith in him and thus inherit everlasting life too!

Read Isaiah 55: 1-5

  • Jesus offered everlasting life to the woman at the well
  • God offered the Israelites the same promise
  • Again, what is the cost of this gift? Nothing, it is free

Read Revelation 21:6-8

  • Jesus promises everlasting life and paid the price with his own life, he is offering it to anyone for free
  • What happens when you pursue sin instead of everlasting life? You miss out on the free gift to live with God forever and we will never feel fulfilled in our life here on earth
  • What is your motivation for giving up sin in your life? Is it because God has blessed you or are you motivated by encouraging God with your actions?
  • The only way to purify our lives and remove the sins, it to fill up our lives with the everlasting pure water that comes from being with Jesus

Read Revelation 22:1-5 and 12-17

  • The water of life is flowing freely, again there is no cost because Jesus paid with his life
  • The tree of life is producing healing to all the nations
  • When you are thirsty, where do you go or who do you turn to?
  • It is important to go to the true source for life, God and Jesus and not to earthly or man made things or ideas, they cannot fill us the way God and Jesus and the Holy spirit can
  • We cannot earn this free gift because it was already paid for, but we can accept it and in doing so we will no longer have room in our lives for indulging in activities that can destroy us
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