Confessing Christians – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series Restored-The Pathway to a Healthy Soul with a sermon titled Confessing Christians focusing on 1 John 1 :1- 10.
Galatians 1 John 1: 1 – 10
ICEBREAKER: Did you ever run away from home?
1. How important is it to you that the gospel writers, including the apostle John, were actual eye-witnesses of Jesus’ earthly life [1 John 1:1-2]? What difference does this make in your faith [cf. Luke 24:45-48; Acts 10:34-43; 2 Peter 1:16]?
2. In today’s world, everyone thinks morality is determined by what they feel is right or wrong for them. How does the Word of God counter this dangerous falsehood with the necessity of repentance [cf. Matthew 3:7-12; Luke 5:31-32; 2 Timothy 2:24- 26]?
3. How does the assertion that “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” [1 John 1:5] affect your understanding of God’s character and mission? Consider other texts such as John 3:19-21, John 8:12, and John 9:5 in your response.
4. In the book, Soul Care, the author writes, “A soul in alignment is a soul without secrets. We cannot walk free if we will not repent from sin and bring it into the light with God and others” [p. 78]. What are the negative consequences of remaining in the dark [1 John 1:6]? What are the positives of walking in God’s light [1 John 1:7]?
5. The doomed attempt to appear perfect or faultless is an unhealthy, debilitating burden to bear. According to 1 John 1: 8 and 10, what results from such false appearances? What does this reveal about the power of unchecked, unconfessed sin [cf. Genesis 4:6-7; Isaiah 53:6; James 3:2]?
6. What are the liberating effects of humbly and authentically taking full ownership for our part in our sin [1 John 1:9]? Reflect on Psalm 32, Psalm 139:23-24, Acts 13:37-39, and Acts 28:18 for further insights.
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“Few things accelerate the peace process as much as humbly admitting our own wrongdoing and asking forgiveness.” (Lee Strobel)