An Inductive Study of 1st John

Lesson 8


1.      In 1 John 3:11-24, John focuses on two evidences of genuine salvation. These are:

a.       Love for the brotherhood of believers.

b.      An overall pattern of obedience to God’s Word.

In this epistle, John reminds the believers that the true message was the one they heard from the beginning. What was going on that prompted John to continue to emphasize this?






The Gnostics boasted of knowing God, but they did not demonstrate genuine love for the Christian brotherhood. In fact, they separated themselves (sometimes physically and sometime doctrinally) from the true believers. Carefully read 3:11-15 list the several contrasts found in this passage:








2.      Reread the epistle in its entirety and look the word “love”. What does John teach us about both God’s love and ours?









3.      In lesson 5 we studied the word “hate” (Gr. misevw). In 1 John 3:15, why is hatred for another person compared to murder? Look at other verses in the NT to help with this. There are roughly 37 verses that deal with this. This is an extra credit question!
















4.      Read again 3:14-17. Record under the appropriate heading what you learn about the two groups of people in these verses.


One who loves as a pattern of life

One who does not love as a pattern of life




5.      According to 1 John 19-24, what are the prerequisites for answered prayer?







6.      Read the following verses and record: what can hinder answered prayer or lead to prayers being answered?


a.       Psalm 66:18




b.      James 4:3





c.       1 Peter 3:7





d.      1 John 5:14, 15