Begin your preparation by reviewing what you’ve already covered with your students in 1 John, then take a look specifically at verses 15-23. Read and study the context, all of 1 John 2. Pray and seek God for wisdom and discernment as you study and prepare to teach students. In this passage John warns his readers of two dangers that are still present in our lives today—believers relationship with “the world” and warning of antichrists. Read and review this sermon outline for more context and help in teaching 1 John 2:15-23.
- Consider opening your session with an illustration or discussion of counterfeits. Some common counterfeit items that you might mention are counterfeited include money, perfume, electronics, and shoes.
- Reference Mark 13:22-23 and explain to your students that although John was the only writer in Scripture who used the term “antichrist,” this term and idea was widely understood.
- Encourage your students to memorize Scripture. If we are abiding and remaining in Him, then we will be able to discern the truth.
- Not only do we need to be able to recognize the truth, but we also need to resist the lies and contend for the faith (Jude 1:3).
- Conclude by reading John 15:4-8 and if you have a personal example to share with your students about remaining in Christ and how you’re practically able to have spiritual discipline in your own life.