How do I know if I’m really a Christian?
That’s an eternally important question, and yet, it’s one that many Christians struggle to answer. They may not realize that it’s possible to have assurance, or perhaps they’re looking for assurance in the wrong places or in the wrong ways. Thankfully, God doesn’t leave us in the dark when it comes to our standing before Him. He wants His children to know that they belong to Him.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)
This book gives us evidence of eternal life to look for in our lives. Seeing this evidence should bring assurance and joy to God’s children. At the same time, it offers a much-needed warning to those who lack this evidences. It’s possible to think that things are okay between you and God when, in reality, you don’t actually have eternal life. There are likely many people in our churches today who fit that description. Of all the things to be deceived about, nothing could be worse than being deceived about where you will spend eternity.
This is why we need to hear what God is saying in the book of 1 John. We want to avoid the deadly deception of false teaching and instead rest assured that we have eternal life in Jesus Christ.
This eight-week study of 1 John can be used by an individual or a group. The only other thing you will need is a Bible.