First John

  1. Introduction to Jesus Christ (1 John 1:1-10)
    1. Jesus is the Life of Believers (1 John 1:1-4)
      1. Proclamation (1 John 1:1-2)
      2. Purpose (1 John 1:3-4)
    2. Jesus is the Light of Believers (1 John 1:5-10)
      1. Fact (1 John 1:5) No Darkness at All
      2. Fruits (1 John 1:6-10)
        1. Fellowship with God and One Another (1 John 1:6)
        2. Walking in the Light (1 John 1:7)
        3. Self-deception (1 John 1:8)
        4. Cleansing of Sin (1 John 1:9)
        5. Sinless-deception (1 John 1:10)
  2. The Christian Life as Fellowship with God and the Church (1 John 2:1-28)
    1. John Writes About the Savior (1 John 2:1-2, 24-25)
      1. Forgiver of Sin (1 John 2:1-2) Advocate and Propitiation
      2. Giver of Life (1 John 2:24-25)
    2. John Writes About Surety (1 John 2:3-14, 28-29)
      1. Guidelines (1 John 2:3-11, 28-29)
        1. Character, Imitation (1 John 2:3-11)
        2. Practicing Righteousness (1 John 2:28-29)
      2. Groups (1 John 2:12-14) Children Fathers, Young Men
    3. John Writes About Sinful Society (1 John 2:15-17)
      1. Warning Against Worldly Systems (1 John 2:15)
      2. Wickedness of Worldly Systems (1 John 2:16)
      3. Worthlessness of Worldly Systems (1 John 2:17)
    4. John Writes About the Satanic One (1 John 2:18-19, 22-23, 26)
      1. Arrival of the Antichrist (1 John 2:18)
      2. Apostles of the Antichrist (1 John 2:19)
      3. Apostasy of the Antichrist (1 John 2:22-23, 26)
    5. John Writes About the Spirit (1 John 2:20-21, 27)
      1. He Teaches and Anoints Believers (1 John 2:27)
      2. He Indwells Believers (1 John 2:20-21)
  3. The Christian Life Means Salvation (1 John 3:1-24)
    1. The Part Played by the Trinity (1 John 3:1-5, 8, 24b)
      1. The Role of the Father (1 John 3:1-3)
      2. The Role of the Son (1 John 3:4-5, 8)
      3. The Role of the Spirit (1 John 3:24b)
    2. The Part Played by the Believer (1 John 3:6-7, 9-24a)
      1. Confirmation (1 John 3:6-7, 9-10)
      2. Compassion (1 John 3:11-18)
      3. Confidence (1 John 3:19-24a)
  4. The Christian Life Requires Wisdom (1 John 4:1-21)
    1. Locate the Spirits (1 John 4:1-6)
      1. Scriptural Realm (1 John 4:1-2, 4, 6)
      2. Spiritual Realm (1 John 4:3, 5)
    2. Love the Saints (1 John 4:7-21)
      1. What Love Proves (1 John 4:7-11, 14, 19-21)
      2. What Love Produces (1 John 4:12-13, 15-18)
  5. The Christian Life Involves Testing (1 John 5:1-21)
    1. The Ethical Test (1 John 5:1-5, 13-15, 18-21)
      1. The Question (1 John 5:13)
      2. Answers (1 John 5:1-5, 14-15, 18-21)
        1. Believe (1 John 5:1, 5)
        2. Love and Obey (1 John 5:2-4)
        3. Answered Prayer (1 John 5:14-15)
        4. Avoids Sin (1 John 5:18-21)
    2. The Christological Test (1 John 5:6-12)
      1. Given by the Father (1 John 5:6-9)
      2. Given by Believers (1 John 5:10)
    3. The Transgressions Test (1 John 5:16-17)
      1. Sin that Does Not Lead to Death (1 John 5:16a)
      2. Sin that Does Lead to Death (1 John 5:16b-17)

Additional Information:

Tests to See if One is in the Faith

  1. Fellowship with God and Christians (1 John 1:3-4)
  2. Sensitivity to Sin (1 John 1:5-10)
  3. Obedience to the Word (1 John 2:3-5)
  4. Attitude Toward the World (1 John2:15-17)
  5. Anticipation of the Second Coming (1 John 3:2-3)
  6. Godly Lifestyle (1 John 3:5-6)
  7. Love (1 John 3:14-16)
  8. Discernment Between Truth and Error (1 John 4:1-6)
  9. The Inner Witness of the Spirit (1 John 4:13-14)
  10. Settled Doctrinal Beliefs (1 John 5:1-3)
  11. Assurance of Salvation (1 John 5:13)
  12. Answered Prayer (1 John 5:14-15)

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