As you prepare to teach session 2, strive to read and study the text in its context. Session 1 covered 1 John 1, but it would be beneficial to look back over that passage, in addition to reading 1 John 2. Since there are less verses covered this session, you should have time to dig deep into God’s Word as you teach and delve into Scripture with students. After studying the context, if you decide you want to cover Scripture in addition to verses 1-6, we think that would be beneficial if you have more time with your students. The next session will continue in 1 John 2, specifically covering verses 15-23 which discusses how we’re to be discerning about things of this world, so be aware of what is ahead as well. Consider the following points as you prepare to teach:
- Jesus is an advocate for sinners. John begins writing with the purpose to guide his readers/audience not to sin, yet he explained that when we sin we have an advocate and there’s hope! Not just for us, but for the whole world.
- Discuss the term propitiation and use the Leader Guide content to help students who are not familiar with this term understand that Jesus satisfied God’s wrath against sin when He died on the cross and became the atoning sacrifice.
- Challenge your students to walk as Jesus walked. Read Galatians 5:16, 25. You may be familiar with this passage as the fruit of the spirit is listed here as well. As you talk about Jesus’ sacrifice and love poured out for us on the cross in verses 1-2, this should segue well into the practical application–how we are to keep His commands and remain in Him by walking as He walked. This might be a good time to encourage your students to evaluate their lives according to the fruits of the spirit. Be sure that you also consider what specific fruit of the spirit you need to work on in your own life this week as you seek to walk as Jesus walked.
If you’re looking for more help, specifically on verses 1-2, check out this sermon by John Piper. Thank you for faithfully serving in student ministry! If there’s any way we can be of further help, please let us know.