Beyond Belief
Exploring the Character of God
Rhema Christian
Fellowship Bible Study
Our Essential Questions
1. What do I believe about my faith?
2. How do I know the will of God?
Beyond Belief:
Exploring the Character of God
Session 1: God Is Holy
Session 2: God Is Loving
Session 3: God Is Just
Sessi...
God Is Forgiving
Session 4
God Is
Forgiving
The Point: God always
forgives when I truly
repent.
Intro: The Bible Meets
Life
Our Passage: 1 John 1:5-
...
1 John 1:5-7 (HCSB)
5 Now this is the message we have heard from Him and
declare to you: God is light, and there is absolu...
1 John 1:8-10 (HCSB)
8 If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves,
and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confes...
1 John 2:1-2 (HCSB)
1 My little children, I am writing you these things so that
you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, w...
Conduct An Inductive
Study
Free online course at
http://precept.org
Conduct an Inductive Study
Mark reference to author in one color and
another to the recipient
Identify lists
Mark keywords...
Key Words
 Fellowship (1:6) G2842
The Greek word means “common”. This term implies that those
in fellowship with one anot...
Inductive Study Marking Method
1 John 1:5-7 (HCSB)
5 Now this is the message we have heard from Him and
declare to you: God is light, and there is absolu...
1 John 1:8-10 (HCSB)
8 If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves,
and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confes...
1 John 2:1-2 (HCSB)
1 My little children, I am writing you these things so that
you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, w...
”God Is Forgiving”
(1 John 1:5-10)
 God gave Christians “Fellowship”
 1 John 2-3 tie our fellowship to God thru Christ
...
”God Is Forgiving”
(1 John 1:5-10)
1. “Judicial Forgiveness”, occurs when
God – acting as the Righteous Judge –
grants us ...
Judicial Forgiveness
Justification
God Is Forgiving
(1 John 2:1-2)
 We should not be living in a way that’s
characterized by disobedience
 The tendency tow...
God Is Forgiving
(1 John 2:1-2)
 We looked at judicial forgiveness and justification.
 The aspect of forgiveness is requ...
God Is Forgiving
(1 John 2:1-2)
There are three culprits that we can blame for our
continuing guilt and shame:
1. Satan ac...
Live It Out
How are you responding to God's offer of
forgiveness
1. Step back for self-evaluation
2. Let go of false guilt...
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  • Our 6 Sessions in the series.
  • This session’s title
  • The point of the session: God’s love empowers me to love.

    Define: empowers;
    give (someone) the authority or power to do something.
    synonyms: authorize, entitle, permit, allow, license, sanction, warrant, commission, delegate, qualify, enable, equip More
    antonyms: forbid

    2. make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.
    "movements to empower the poor"
    synonyms: emancipate, unshackle, set free, liberate More
    antonyms: enslave
  • God Is Forgiving

    1. 1. Beyond Belief Exploring the Character of God Rhema Christian Fellowship Bible Study
    2. 2. Our Essential Questions 1. What do I believe about my faith? 2. How do I know the will of God?
    3. 3. Beyond Belief: Exploring the Character of God Session 1: God Is Holy Session 2: God Is Loving Session 3: God Is Just Session 4: God Is Forgiving Session 5: God Is Wise Session 6: God Is Faithful
    4. 4. God Is Forgiving Session 4
    5. 5. God Is Forgiving The Point: God always forgives when I truly repent. Intro: The Bible Meets Life Our Passage: 1 John 1:5- 2:2
    6. 6. 1 John 1:5-7 (HCSB) 5 Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. 6 If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing[a] the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 6
    7. 7. 1 John 1:8-10 (HCSB) 8 If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 7
    8. 8. 1 John 2:1-2 (HCSB) 1 My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the Righteous One. 2 He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world. 8
    9. 9. Conduct An Inductive Study Free online course at http://precept.org
    10. 10. Conduct an Inductive Study Mark reference to author in one color and another to the recipient Identify lists Mark keywords and synonyms Mark contrasts Mark terms of conclusion Mark comparisons Mark expressions of time Double underline geographical locations Make lists of keywords and key people
    11. 11. Key Words  Fellowship (1:6) G2842 The Greek word means “common”. This term implies that those in fellowship with one another share things in common as part of their relationship.  Advocate (2:1) G3875 One who stands beside. The related word means “encourage”, “exhort”, “counsel”, or “comfort”. In John's Gospel, it refers to the Holy Spirit, but here to Jesus.  Propitiation (2:2) G2434 The Greek word refers to the appeasement of God's wrath against sin through the appropriate sacrifice, which could only occur through the death of God's son.
    12. 12. Inductive Study Marking Method
    13. 13. 1 John 1:5-7 (HCSB) 5 Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. 6 If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 13
    14. 14. 1 John 1:8-10 (HCSB) 8 If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 14
    15. 15. 1 John 2:1-2 (HCSB) 1 My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the Righteous One. 2 He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world. 15
    16. 16. ”God Is Forgiving” (1 John 1:5-10)  God gave Christians “Fellowship”  1 John 2-3 tie our fellowship to God thru Christ  Metaphor of “light” to God.  God as the “Righteous One”  We are imperfect in “darkness”. How can we ever hope to live in the “light”?
    17. 17. ”God Is Forgiving” (1 John 1:5-10) 1. “Judicial Forgiveness”, occurs when God – acting as the Righteous Judge – grants us salvation. 2. “Justification”, occurs when we submit to Jesus is our savior, we are forgiven and declared righteous by God (see Romans 5:6-11; Ephesians 1:7).
    18. 18. Judicial Forgiveness Justification
    19. 19. God Is Forgiving (1 John 2:1-2)  We should not be living in a way that’s characterized by disobedience  The tendency toward sin remains powerful, and because it's embedded in our very nature (see Romans 7:14–24).  If Christ's forgiveness brings me into a relationship with God, what happens when I sin again?  As believers, we still possess Christ's forgiveness even when we sin.  The result is the gift of salvation, It also means the availability of ongoing forgiveness.
    20. 20. God Is Forgiving (1 John 2:1-2)  We looked at judicial forgiveness and justification.  The aspect of forgiveness is required each time we sin.  Consider: When a child is disobedient, his relationship with his parents is affected, but he/she does not cease to be a son/daughter. Are we not adopted sons and daughters of God  We can return to full fellowship with God through confession and We can be - and will be - forgiven by God each time
    21. 21. God Is Forgiving (1 John 2:1-2) There are three culprits that we can blame for our continuing guilt and shame: 1. Satan accuses us (see Revelation 12:10). 2. Others don't forgive us. 3. We keep reminding ourselves of our past disobedience.
    22. 22. Live It Out How are you responding to God's offer of forgiveness 1. Step back for self-evaluation 2. Let go of false guilt. 3. Forgive when it hurts.

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