HOW DID WE SEEK GOD’S FACE THROUGH PRAYER AND SEE HIS HAND AT WORK THIS WEEK?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

The elder, To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth– and not I only, but also all who know the truth– 2 because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever: 3 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love. 4 It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.

5 And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. 6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

7 I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. 9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work. 12 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. 13 The children of your sister, who is chosen by God, send their greetings.

Recall from Sunday:

The most important things we can grow up into as the household of faith is to love like Jesus loved and to know the truth of who Jesus is.

Reflect:

What are your top 3 goals for the next 5 years? What are your biggest hopes and dreams for your kids as they grow up?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

John delights when believers walk in the truth and commands that they walk in love (2 John 4-6). Growth in truth and love are his two most important goals for the church. Are truth and love the two most important goals in your life? If so, what demonstrates that to be true? If not, why not?

John is concerned about “deceivers” who are teaching false things about Jesus (2 John 7-11). What does our culture get wrong about who Jesus is? Which of those things do you see gaining the most traction among members of the church? How can we hold fast to the truth of Jesus while still walking in his love?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

How can we make growing in love an explicit goal for our lives? What steps could we be taking week-to-week to grow in love towards others? Brainstorm together as a group, and consider how as a group you can help each other grow in love and stay on-task for this most important goal.