Believers Life Style Bible Study
September 4, 2021
Walking in the Light
1 John 1:5 – 2:14

Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. *Why might it be hard for someone to admit that he or she was wrong about something?
  2. About what do we tend to deceive ourselves?
  3. When and why might someone need an attorney?

Explore It

  1. What message did the writer hear and declare? (1:5)
  2. *What inconsistency did John address? (1:6)
  3. What results from “walking in the light”? (1:7)
  4. *How were some believers apparently deceiving themselves? (1:8)
  5. What is the result of confessing one’s sins? (1:9)
  6. In what way can a person make God out to be a liar? (1:10)
  7. *Why did John write this letter? (2:1)
  8. For whom is Jesus an atoning sacrifice? (2:2)
  9. What test did John describe for knowing whether or not a person truly knows God? (2:3-6)
  10. What did John say he was giving to his readers? (2:7-8)
  11. How are claiming to be a Christian and loving one’s fellow Christians related? (2:9-11)
  12. Why did John write to “the dear children”? (2:12-13)
  13. Why did John write to “the fathers”? (2:13-14)
  14. Why did John write to “the young men”? (2:13-14)

Get It

  1. What do you think the terms “light” and “darkness” represent?
  2. In what way is God similar to light?
  3. *In what way do we “walk in darkness”?
  4. *How can we “walk in the light”?
  5. How does the promise of being purified from all sin make you feel?
  6. Why would someone claim that he or she was without sin?
  7. What role does the confession of sins play in your daily life?
  8. How important is fellowship with other believers to you?
  9. In what way is Jesus like our attorney?
  10. How can we get to know God better?
  11. What does the way in which we treat other believers reveal about us?
  12. What confidence does Jesus’ atoning death give to us?
  13. What confidence should our relationship with the Father give us?
  14. What area of your life do you need to examine in order to see your sins more clearly?
  15. How do you need to change the way you relate to fellow believers in order to develop a deeper relationship with God?

Apply It

  1. *What steps will you take this week to walk in the light?
  2. What will you do to incorporate the confession of sins into your daily routine?


1 John 1:5-2:14 (NKJV)
5  This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
6  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
7  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
1  My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
2  And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
3  Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
4  He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5  But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
6  He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
7  Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.
8  Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.
9  He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.
10  He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
11  But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
12  I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
13  I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.
14  I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.