November 15, 2015
This week: Truth Walkers: Warning #1
If we saw a stranger drive up to our child and begin talking with our child, we would become alarmed. If the stranger seemed to be enticing our child to get into his car, we would run to the rescue. As alarming as that situation is, this is exactly what is happening to people all around us in a spiritual sense. Deceivers are driving up and carefully trying to entice the Christian to walk away from the truth and enter into their world of deception and false religion. Unfortunately, many Christians fall prey to such tactics.
In this lesson, we will see the importance of walking in the truth and of the responsibility we have as believers to be on guard not only for our own safety, but for that of our brothers and sisters. When we see a fellow Christian falling into the trap of a false teacher, we must lovingly sound the alarm and seek to rescue our loved one before he/she falls into a world that can lead to destruction.
This Week’s Resources:
This Week’s Take Home Truth
When it comes to our spiritual brothers and sisters, it is crucial that we love deeply with truth so that we will hold tightly to the truth.
- If you had to travel 500 miles, which mode of transportation, terrain, and person for the journey would you choose and why?
- How do you know if a friend or loved one is starting to wander spiritually
- From this week’s sermon, which one statement, point or insight was most helpful, challenging or even confusing to you personally?
Read the Text (2 John)
John’s second letter is addressed to a chosen lady and her children who are in danger of following false teachers. John wastes no words in making his point: “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house, nor greet him” (v. 10). Though John commends love as a necessary ingredient of the Christian life, it must not sentimentally embrace those who willfully seek to destroy the truth. To do so is to diminish the proper love which Christians must have for one another. John’s warning is stern, but he knows a letter is not the best place to elaborate. He promises to deal more fully with the problem when he makes a personal visit. Read 2 John 1–13.
1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, 2 because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:
3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.
Walking in Truth and Love
4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. 5 And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. 9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
12 Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.
13 The children of your elect sister greet you.
- John speaks of both love and truth in 2 John. How would you describe the connection between Christian love and Christian truth?
- Why would John declare that he “rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in the truth…”? What is the significance of walking in the truth?
- What are some signs when a fellow Christian is walking in the truth and when they are not walking in the truth?
- In verses 7-11, John describes the “marks of a deceiver.” As a group, summarize what you can learn about deceivers based on John’s description.
- What role does your Lighthouse play in fulfilling the “love one another” encouragement from 2 John?
- In your day-to-day life, how can you walk in the truth and live out the doctrine of Christ?
- In what ways can you improve your testimony and be a bolder witness for Christ?
- The most important lesson I learned this week is:
- The person I am most burdened to pray for this week is:
- Nov. 15 — Lighthouse Leader Meeting, 10:00 a.m.
- Nov. 15 — “Truth Walkers #1” (2 John)
- Nov. 22 — Autumn Night of Worship/Thanksgiving
- Nov. 29 — “Contending for the Faith” (Jude)
- Dec. 6 — To Fulfill: Christmas Scene 1
- Dec. 13 — To Fulfill: Christmas Scene 2
- Dec. 20 — Begin Christmas Break
- Dec. 27 — Christmas Break
- Jan. 3 — Christmas Break
- Jan. 10 — Lighthouse Spring Semester Begins