VFC Bible Study Worksheet 01-Mar-2015


Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – March 1, 2015
Theme: Christian Maturity

Topic: Strong sense of morality

Main Text: 1 John 1:1-10

Key Verse: 1 John 1:6 – “If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.”

Introduction

Some weeks back, we made reference to the Gnostics (or “Knowing Ones”) of those days who believed and taught that everything about man must be based on knowledge. One of their beliefs was that it was possible to live in fellowship with God and be unaffected by the morality or immorality of their material relations. They could do what they liked on the material plane as it did not disturb or affect their spiritual life. They claimed that their immoral actions were not sinful. It was this error that prompted John to his discourse on light and darkness in our main text for today.

Any Christian who tries to debate with himself or herself what is morally wrong with a view to making it into the spiritually right, experiences an inner conflict which will paralyse their spiritual growth. 1 John 1:5 says “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all”. Our key verse says “If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth”. This implies that there is darkness and there is light; the Bible speaks of nothing in-between.

These all seem obvious to the average Christian. Nevertheless, many Christians try to blur their sense of morality as a result of their personal moral failure. They inadvertently seek to lower God’s standard to suit their failing. This is immature. A mature Christian is not necessarily a perfect Christian that never sins or slips. However, when he or she sins, the mature Christian upholds God’s standard of morality, and admits that he or she has personally failed to measure up.

John’s statement in verse 6 makes an extremely important point about our having fellowship with God: Morality is rooted in the very nature of God and not just His will. You cannot continue in fellowship with Him without wanting to be a moral person. Many think that God arbitrarily decides certain things to be right and certain things wrong, and issues commands accordingly. These commands (so it is believed) are based on His arbitrary will and have to be obeyed whether they make sense or not. This raises the question: is a thing right because God says it, or does God say it because it is right? (Discuss this question.)

We live in a time when some Christians are beginning to question whether the moral laws of the Bible are appropriate to the present century. But as long as time exists, there will never be a day or hour when morality is inappropriate. God built morality into the fabric of the universe and any violation results in inner conflict.


Discussion Questions:

1. Read Luke 15:11-21. What did the Prodigal Son mean when he said “I have sinned against heaven”?

2. Read Ephesians 5:1-8. Give present-day examples of how some of the immoral acts listed in this passage are being couched to make them look not so immoral.


Prayer:

Father, I see that I cannot walk in spiritual light and moral darkness at the same time. I choose to walk in spiritual and in moral light. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

{Partly culled from January/February 1993 edition of Every Day With Jesus by Selwyn Hughes, used by permission of CWR}