In our study last Sunday we noticed that this text is divided into 2 parts. The first is very poetic in form and very encouraging nature. John seems to want to build confidence in all members of the congregations to whom he is writing by reminding them that they know Jesus already, they are strong, they have overcome the evil one! Then in verses 15-17, he issues a strong reminder that still they need to be careful not to be trapped by the 'world' which is comprised of 'the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life'. We had some great discussion about the practical implications of John's words to our own lives - these are challenging words which are very practical and applicable to us in 2013!
Question for further consideration: In a very practical way, how can we enjoy the good gifts which God has given us in this world (beauty, pleasure etc.) without 'loving the world' at the same time?? How does this work itself out in our lives??
Join us next Sunday evening at 5pm as we explore the next section, 1 John 2:18-29! We would love to have you participate with us.