How Do I Walk in Purity?

This sermon was preached by our High School Pastor Dan McPherson on 1 John 2:15–17 and is part of our series Light Applied to Life.

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Life Group Discussion Questions

  1. What do you love? Put another way, what is something or someone that calls for your ultimate love and desire rather than Jesus?
  2. How do you regularly re-calibrate your heart toward God? What are some rhythms/practices you have or can put in your life to do that?
  3. Share some of your favorite books, movies, music, or characters with each other. Then answer these questions together:
    • Does those lead you to worship God? Or worship yourself, someone or something else?
    • Where does your enjoyment of those push you? Toward God or toward ourselves?
    • Do those harden you or make you more tender?
    • If you were to conform your actions and attitudes to those of your favorite characters (in a book, movie, TV show, real life, etc.), would your life be better or worse than it is now?
    • Do the stores you like to write, read, watch, tell reflect the stories that God likes to tell?
    • Talk about the implications of those answers – should you change your media and culture consumption in any way? Why or why not?
  4. What is one strong fleshly desire/temptation (but not your deepest desire) you have had this past week that either you gave into or resisted with the Holy Spirit’s help and strength?
  5. Look up the 4 will of God passages below. Which ones are you living into well right now? Which ones are a struggle currently?
    • John 6:40 – everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life
    • 1 Thess. 5:18 – give thanks in all circumstances
    • 1 Peter 2:13-15 – submit to authority
    • 1 Thess. 4:3 – abstain from sexual immorality
  6. Brainstorm ways you as a group can encourage each other to re-train, re-calibrate, and continuously focus your heart back on God as you live in the world but not of it.
  7. Split into groups of 2-3 or guys/gals and pray specifically for each other.

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