New Horizon Church
"The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved" (Part 4)
It's our late summer message series. A stroll through the Book of First John (not to be confused with the Gospel of John.) It's all about loving people more, by loving Jesus more. Hope you'll be a part.
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    3002 W Bloomington Rd, Champaign, IL 61822, USA
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ABOUT TODAY'S MESSAGE:

“We Need We to Win” 1 John 2:12-17

The Apostle John may be well-along in years, but he’s more passionate about Jesus than ever. Not only is he an eyewitness of Jesus Himself, but John has seen decades of God’s faithfulness. He’s observed countless lives changed as the power of God sweeps through nations. In his latter years he beckons from the sidelines to those in the game: “Brothers and sisters in Christ, lock arms with one another, and give everything you have for the glory of God!”

Today's Big Idea: We need We to Win.
PART I. Calling the children of God, both young and old. (v.12-14)

1. “Children”

2. “Old men”

3. “Young men”

PART II. Challenging God’s people: Don’t become encumbered by our present world. (v.15-17)

1. What is “the world?”

2. Being watchful of the world.

3. Stewarding our abilities & opportunities for the glory of God.
OUR RESPONSE. Recognize…

1. …there's a place and purpose in God’s Kingdom for each of us in every season of our lives

2. …and step into our role in this present day and tomorrow

3. “We need We to Win”—young & old, fledgling & sage
WHAT NOW? Heart-check.

1. In what ways have I been negligent in growing my faith and standing against the trappings of the world?

2. In what ways have I been unappreciative of those who have nurtured my faith?

3. In what ways have I avoided my responsibility to help others grow in faith?
Conversation Starters for Kids & Families.
September 13, 2020

“Where’s This Road Taking Us?”

TODAY: Faith is so much more than a set of rules we follow to please God. It’s about knowing God and walking with Him, turning from darkness towards light. John writes to us so that we won’t sin, but when we do he reassures us that Jesus died in our place as the sacrifice for our sins. When we have faith in Jesus- we obey Jesus, and that leads to loving others. What we believe affects what we do.

READ: Please read 1 John 2:1-11 together

ACTIVITY: Hide & Seek, Dark & Light .

Supplies: Grab a partner and a blindfold.

Find a safe area where you won’t fall or knock anything over. Put on your blindfold and let your partner move away from you. Try to find them with no sound or hints. Then, try it again but this time they can say “hot” or “cold” as you get closer or further away from them. Next, take off the blindfold and close your eyes while they hide. Finally, open your eyes and try to find them now that you can see in the light!

POINT: Awesome! I hope you had fun. Wasn’t it easier to find your partner in the light? A lot of things are easier when we have light! That’s what John reminds us of this week. When we walk in the dark it’s hard to see things and do things. We might get scared or frustrated and take out our feelings on others. Our relationship with God, who is light, helps us in all that we do. We need the light. The light helps us to see clearly to love God and love others.

CONVERSATION:
1. Have you ever wanted to know if you really believe in Jesus? John tells us how we can know for sure in verses 3-5. What does he say?
2. In verse 6 John tells believers that we should live like Jesus. How can you be more like Jesus?
3. Is it possible to love God and hate others?
4. Jesus is our light that shows us the way to go. When we spend time with God and understand His love for us we can show that love to others. What is something loving you can do today?
5. Turn to the gospel of John and read 14:23-24. Jesus himself says if we really love Him, we’ll listen to Him. Do you listen to the people you love? How does it make them feel?
6. This is how we will know if we are in the light or not, if we act like Jesus. Are you living in the light?

PRAYER:
Lord Jesus, open our eyes, hearts and minds to the light
Lord Jesus, help us to walk in the light
Lord Jesus, help us to love others the way you love us
Lord Jesus, forgive us of our sin
Lord Jesus, help us hear your word and obey it