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- John opens this letter with an announcement. What is it?
- How do the opening lines of 1 John compare to the opening lines of the gospel of John?
- The term “Word of life” in verse two is loaded with meaning. As John often uses it, “Word” indicates the “reason for all things,” and is also his description for Jesus. Why do you think it is so important for him to tell us the he has seen, heard and touched Jesus?
- In verses 3-4, John gives two reasons why his previous declaration is so important. What are they?
- Why do you think “fellowship” with other believers is so important to John?
- How does union with Jesus Christ make our joy “complete” or “filled to the top?”
- Turn back in your Bible to John’s other book (it doesn’t have a 1, 2, or 3 in front of it). How are the first two verses in that book like the first two verses in the passage today?
- John uses the term “the Word” or “Word of life” when he’s talking about a person. Who is that person?
- In verse three, John tells us one of the reasons he’s writing this letter. What is it?
- In verse four, he gives another reason, what is it?