This week we are reading and studying 1 John 2:12-17. Gary M. Burge describes this section as "a parenthesis, a pause, designed to reassure John's readers about their own relationship to God" (Burge, 110). I really resonated with this description because, if you have read ahead you know that we are about to jump into the deep end of the pool. This section is an important moment to stop, remember our identity in Christ and our separation from the world.
As you study answer these questions which we will discuss next week:
1. Who are the three groups that John names in verses 12-14?
2. Who do each of these groups represent? Are these literal or figurative titles?
3. Where would you fall between these three groups?
4. Why do you think that John stops and makes this address to three groups and then seems to randomly start talking about not loving the world?
5. John names three forms of loving the world, list them.
6. Give an example of each of the three ways that loving the world might look in your own life if you didn't guard against it. (example: desires of the eyes for me may look like obsessing about my image, desires of the flesh for women today became a huge issue with the release of recent sexual movies geared toward women, pride in possessions is a huge one for us all and currently I'm having to keep that in check as we hunt for a house to buy!)
Join us back here next week as we jump into a discussion and our creative element!