Knot Questions

12 Weeks In 1 John

"Knot" is a literary term for “a small, tightly packed group of people.” As we seek to grow to know, love, and follow Jesus together by His grace, it’s essential that we commit to knowing and being known by one another so that we may truly do the work of ministry, “building up the body of Christ until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God. Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:12-16)

With that as our goal, you will be provided with questions to discuss in your Knot each week. Feel free to take turns asking the questions in whatever way works best, but every person is expected to answer every question! As you do, please be praying that God will enable you to both give and receive the encouragement and challenge that come as you embody the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.

And as you grow together, our prayer for you is that your Knot will be just the beginning! 

  • We're praying that you'll pursue and be pursued.
  • We're praying that you'll serve and be served.
  • We're praying that you'll grow to know, love, and follow Jesus with His people. 
  • We're praying that this taste of Biblical community makes you hungry for more.

And now, "may the grace of our Lord Jesus, and the love of the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit abide with your spirits" in this new season of Gospel Community!

Week 1 | 1 John 1:1-4

Knowing Jesus
  • Why is it so important that John heard, saw, and touched Jesus?
  • How have you experienced Jesus most powerfully in the past? How about recently?

Loving Jesus
  • Is thankfulness for the incarnation evident in how you live your life?
  • What keeps you from experiencing deeper fellowship with Jesus?

Following Jesus
  • Do you believe your joy in Jesus will only be complete when you share it? (v. 4)
  • Who will you talk to about Jesus this week? [Consider asking a friend: "Do you think eternal life is possible?" Really listen to them first and then share your answer.]

Week 2 | 1 John 1:5-10

Knowing Jesus
  • Do you fundamentally see yourself as a good person? Explain.
  • How does the truth that “God is light” shape how you think about your sin?

Loving Jesus
  • Do you tend to focus more on fellowship with Jesus or fellowship with others? Why?
  • What helps you stay focused on the cross when life gets busy?

Following Jesus
  • Where is the light of Jesus exposing darkness in your heart right now?
  • What’s been keeping you from confession and repentance?  

Week 3 | 1 John 2:1-6

Knowing Jesus
  • What does it mean that Jesus is our “advocate with the Father” (v. 1) and “the propitiation for our sins” (v. 2)?
  • Do you think hard about the Bible or do you tend to skim over what’s difficult? Why?

Loving Jesus
  • Do you see obedience to Jesus as more of a blessing or a burden?
  • John focuses on Jesus’ work for us (v. 1-2) and His word to us (v. 3-5). How do both of these demonstrate God’s love?

Following Jesus
  • Where do you see hypocrisy in your life?
  • How do the gospel realities of v. 1-2 apply to this specific area for you?

Week 4 | 1 John 2:7-14

Knowing Jesus
  • What themes do you see John returning to in these verses that he has already hit on in this letter?
  • What is the new old commandment John is calling the church to?

Loving Jesus
  • What aspect of Jesus’ love for you brings you to tears? Why?
  • Which encouragement from v. 12-14 do you need reminded of most often?

Following Jesus
  • Is it easier for you to love others like Jesus does if they’re in the church or outside the church?
  • What practical step can you take this week to show this love to someone who is difficult for you?
Knowing Jesus
  • What/Who is “the world” in these verses?
  • How should we understand this in light of John 3:16? How do they fit together?

Loving Jesus
  • How is what Jesus offers us better than what the world offers? (v. 16)
  • Where do you need God’s grace to be able to say: “Jesus is better than __________?"

Following Jesus
  • Where do you need help to stop loving the world?
  • Choose a Psalm to pray for each other this week to help focus your love on Jesus above all else.
Knowing Jesus
  • How does John’s teaching in v. 26 apply to our current context/culture?
  • Why does John say that “no one who denies the Son has the Father” and how should this shape how we think about other worldviews?

Loving Jesus
  • Does opposition to your faith feel more threatening or confirming for you? Why?
  • How should Jesus' promise of eternal life encourage you in the face of suffering?

Following Jesus
  • Where do you see this spirit of antichrist?
  • How does your security in Jesus give you confidence to respond to lies with both truth and grace?
Knowing Jesus
  • Why does John say that we’ll be like Jesus when we see Him as He is?
  • How should we understand 1 John 3:9 in light of 1 John 1:8-10?

Loving Jesus
  • Are you living more like a child of God (confident) or an orphan (fearful)?
  • What helps you stay focused on the hope that purifies? (see 1 John 3:3)

Following Jesus
  • Ask one another: "Do you see any blind spots in me?" Listen AND share in honest humility!
  • Pray Psalm 130 together and rejoice in the grace of God that Jesus purchased for us at the cross.
Knowing Jesus
  • What parallel is John drawing between Abel, Jesus, and all Christians? Why is this important?
  • In v. 18, John calls us to love both in action and in truth. What’s at stake...
    • If we love in action but not truth?
    • If we love in truth but not action?

Loving Jesus
  • How does the confidence Jesus gives you lead you to prayer? (v. 21-22)
  • Are you bearing the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) as you abide in Jesus?

Following Jesus
  • When are you most often tempted to love in “word or talk” but not in “deed and truth?”
  • How have you seen growth in your life recently?

Week 9 | 1 John 4:1-6

Knowing Jesus
  • In actual practice, how do we “test the spirits” as John calls us to in v. 1?
  • What do we know about the “antichrist” from other passages? How do they fit together with John’s teaching here?

Loving Jesus
  • Are you actively depending on the fact that “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world?” (v. 4)
  • Where are you discouraged by the spirit of error/antichrist all around you?

Following Jesus
  • How are you delighting in the Spirit of truth?
  • What can you do this week to grow in your delight in God and His word?

Week 10 | 1 John 4:7-21

Knowing Jesus
  • In v. 8 & 16, what does it mean that “God is love?” What does it not mean?
  • How should this truth impact our day to day lives?

Loving Jesus
  • What keeps you from believing that God really loves you as much as He says He does?
  • What are the clearest regular reminders God gives you of His love?

Following Jesus
  • In your life right now, where does the perfect love of Jesus demand:
    • That you stop being fearful?
    • That you stop being prideful?

Week 11 | 1 John 5:1-12

Knowing Jesus
  • What’s unclear in this passage?
  • What’s super clear in this passage?

Loving Jesus
  • Do you care more about Jesus’ opinion of you than about the opinion of others?
  • What does freedom in Jesus really look like and how do you live it out?

Following Jesus
  • Do any of God’s commands seem burdensome for you?
  • Where do you need a renewal of your faith in order to fuel joyful obedience?

Week 12 | 1 John 5:13-21

Knowing Jesus
  • In v. 16-17, what’s the difference between sin that leads to death and sin that doesn’t lead to death?
  • In this passage, what does John say we know?

Loving Jesus
  • Where should we find confidence before a holy God?
  • How should this confidence change our lives?

Following Jesus
  • Are you looking for truth and life in Jesus only?
  • What idols most often pull you away from doing so?