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Series: 1 John 

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This Week's Reading: 3 John

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What stood out to you in this letter?

  2. John gives us a positive example with Gaius’ support and provision for teachers as well as a negative example with Diotrephes pride in wanting to be first. Which can you find yourself identifying more with recently? Why?

  3. Where might God be asking you to use your resources and time this week?

Songs:

  • All Creatures of Our God and King by St. Francis of Assisi & William Henry Draper [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Almighty God by David Leonard, Leslie Jordan, & Sandra McCracken [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Give Me Faith by Mack Brock, Chris Brown, London Gatch, & Wade Joye [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Praise Be to God by Clayton Luckie

  • True Religion by Ryan Delmore [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • You Have Been For Us by Clayton Luckie

Prayer
Collect For the Fifth Sunday in Lent, The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 219

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Encouragement for a Struggling Church

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

1 John Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 2 John

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you notice in this book that was similar and different than 1 John?

  2. Why do you think that the truth of Christ is vital to Christianity? In your current social circles, where do you see this truth being disregarded or compromised?

  3. Read verses 8-11. Think about the part that you play in the body of Christ. How does God want you to point others back to His truth when they seem to wander? How can you hold fast to the teachings of Christ even here at WRF?

Songs:

  • They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love by Peter Scholtes [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Praise the Lord by Charlie Hall, Daniel Bashta, & Kristian Stanfill [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Do It Again by Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Redman, & Steven Furtick [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Spirit Speaks by David Leonard, Drew Cline, & Leslie Jordan [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Remembrance by Benjamin Hastings & Chris Davenport [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Cornerstone by William Batchelder Bradbury, Eric Liljero, Reuben Morgan, Edward Mote, & Jonas Myrin [iTunes] [Spotify]

Prayer
Collect For the Fourth Sunday in Lent, The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 219

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Confidence in Relationship

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Series: 1 John 

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This Week's Reading: 1 John 5:13-21

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you notice in this section that concludes 1 John?

  2. Read verse 16. Think about how you typically respond when you hear or see a fellow believer sinning. Do you talk to God or others about them first? Do you minimize or exaggerate the situation due to preference of the person?

  3. Verses 14-15 mention that we can be confident that God hears and answers our requests when they are aligned with His will. How have you reconciled this truth with times where you don't feel like God is listening to you? How can these verses encourage you going forward in times of doubt?

Songs:

  • Holy Holy Holy by John Bacchus Dykes & Reginald Heber

  • Great Are You Lord by Leslie Jordan & David Leonard [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • O Come to the Altar by Christopher Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, & Wade Joye [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • It is Well With My Soul by Philip Paul Bliss and Horatio G. Spafford

  • God’s Highway by Sandra McCracken & Thad Cockrell [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me by Jonny Robinson, Michael Farren, and Rich Thompson [iTunes] [Spotify] 

Prayer
Collect For the Third Sunday in Lent, The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 218

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Belief in Jesus

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

1 John Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 5:1-12

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you notice in this passage?

  2. Read verse 3. Do you find it easy or difficult to believe that God’s commandments are not burdensome. How can this verse inform how you view and obey His commands?

  3. Verse 4 mentions that our faith in Jesus is the victory that overcomes the world. How does this encourage you right now? How can you use your faith to encourage others this week?

Songs:

  • I Wait by David Leonard, Leslie Jordan, & Thomas Jordan [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • By His Grace by Brian Eichelberger, Dustin Kensrue, & Nick Lathe [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • This I Believe (The Creed) by Ben Fielding & Matt Crocker [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Rock of Ages by Augustus M. Toplady, Thomas Hastings, arr. Brooks Ritter [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Jesus Calls Us by Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander & William Herbert Jude, arr. Seth Woods [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Singing in the Victory by Aaron Ivey, Brett Land, Dietrich Schmidt, Jaleesa McCreary, Logan Walter, & Marcus Dawes [iTunes] [Spotify]

Prayer
Collect For the Second Sunday in Lent, The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 218

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Confidence in Love

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

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This Week's Reading: 1 John 4:13-21

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you observe when reading this section?

  2. Read verse 18. What does fear reveal about our relationship with God?

  3. Verse 16 reminds us that we are to believe the love that God has for us. How can you believe and live out of that this week?

Songs:

Prayer
Collect For the First Sunday in Lent, The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 218

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Love Is From God

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

1 John Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 4:7-12

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What stands out to you about love in this section?

  2. Do you believe that God is love and that what He does flows from that? Why or why not?

  3. Verse 12 reminds us that no one is able to actually see God. While that is true, people see you. How can you represent God in the way that you love this week?

Songs:

  • Your Love Never Fails by Chris McClarney & Anthony Skinner [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • My Savior’s Love by Charles Hutchison Gabriel

  • Great Are You Lord by Leslie Jordan & David Leonard [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Here is Love by William Edwards, Robert S. Lowry, & William Rees

  • There Is a Fountain by William Cowper & Lowell Mason

  • Build My Life by Brett Younker, Karl Martin, Kirby Kable, Matt Redman, & Pat Barrett [iTunes] [Spotify]

Discernment

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

1 John Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 4:1-6

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you notice from the reading this week?

  2. The world provides us with gospel alternatives that sound almost right, but are not quite right. Where are you tempted to believe these alternatives and how can you discern error in them?

  3. John reminds us in verse 4 that we belong to God and are on the winning team. How does this provide encouragement and confidence for you in light of opposition from non-believing family members, co-workers, friends, and neighbors?

Songs:

  • Alive In Us by We The Union [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • The Word by Brian Eichelberger, Dustin Kensrue, Nick Lathe, & Zach Bolen [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Faithful (Make Our Lives a Monument) by Lauren Kirkpatrick, Clayton Luckie, & Caroline Smith

  • Holy Spirit by Bryan Torwalt & Katie Torwalt [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Come and See by Whitney Bozarth [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • The Center of It All by Aaron Ivey, Brett Land, Dietrich Schmidt, Jimmy McNeal, & Marcus Dawes [iTunes] [Spotify]

Love One Another

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

1 John Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 3:11-24

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you observe from the passage this week?

  2. Think about how John’s definition of love differs from the definition our American culture gives us. How does this challenge you in your relationship with other believers?

  3. Verse 24 mentions that we not only abide in God, but that He also abides in us through the Holy Spirit given to us. How does knowing and believing this give you confidence this week?

Songs:

Litany (Congregational response in bold):

Give thanks to the Lord, who is good. God’s love is everlasting.
Come, let us praise God joyfully. Let us come to God with thanksgiving. 

For Your good creation: for things great and small, beautiful and awesome, for seen and unseen splendors,
thank you, God. 

For human life: for talking and moving and thinking together,
for common hopes and hardships shared from birth until our dying, thank you, God. 

For your help in times of doubt and sorrow: for healing our diseases, for preserving us in temptation and danger, thank you, God. 

For the church into which we have been called: for the good news we receive by Word and sacrament, for our life together in the Lord, we praise you, God. 

For your Holy Spirit, who guides our steps and brings us gifts of faith and love, who prays in us and prompts our grateful worship, we praise you, God. 

For your Son Jesus Christ, who lived and died and lives again for our salvation: for our hope in him,
for the joy of serving him, we thank and praise you, eternal God, for all your goodness to us.

Give thanks to the Lord, who is good. God’s love is everlasting. Amen. 

* Reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, Second Edition, © 2013, Faith Alive Christian Resources.

Abide in Christ

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

1 John Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 2:28-3:10

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you notice about the children of God this week?

  2. Verses 2-3 remind us of the hope of Christ’s coming and our future glorification. Re-read these verses several times, thinking about how this hope reorients your perspective this week.

  3. Two of the commands in this passage are to abide in Christ and to see (take special note, consider) the kind of love the Father has given to us. What does this mean to you? How can you live out both of these commands this week?

Songs:

  • Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Joachim Neander & Catherine Winkworth

  • Praise Be to God by Clayton Luckie

  • Cornerstone by William Batchelder Bradbury, Eric Liljero, Reuben Morgan, Edward Mote, & Jonas Myrin [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Build My Life by Brett Younker, Karl Martin, Kirby Kable, Matt Redman, & Pat Barrett [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • Come to the Feast by Jeff Lawson [iTunes] [Spotify]

  • No Longer Slaves by Jonathan David Helser & Melissa Helser [iTunes] [Spotify]

Truth in Us

Community Group Guide (PDF)

Series: 1 John 

1 John Series Reading Schedule (PDF)

This Week's Reading: 1 John 2:18-27

This Week's Reflection Questions:

  1. What did you notice in this passage? Was there anything unclear?

  2. How does John’s understanding of the antichrist help us identify the spirit of antichrist?

  3. Verse 21 mentions that those in Christ know the truth, and verse 27 mentions that the anointing of the Holy Spirit abides in us. How does this motivate you to live this week?

Songs: