Re-read the entire chapter of I JOHN 3. Chapter 3 would be best studied as one section this lesson covers the second half of this idea unit. Continue reading vs.11-23 several times.
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- Highlight the key words and phrases. Create a graphic that show the relationship of the main key words.
- Point out the contrasts witharrows between them.
- Indicate the relationships of cause and effect.
- Discover the author’s use of circular arguments.
- Underline the images the author uses.
- Observe the pronouns. What person is used? (ie. 1st, 2nd or 3rd person? singular or plural?)
- Re-read the passage and record your questions. (Examples of questions that arose for the writer of this study are listed at the end of this study; try to first formulate your own.)
- Explore the answers to any questions that may have arisen as you studied the passage.
- Discover what the author is emphasizing in the contrasts.
- Imagine the writer’s plea in the circular arguments and re-articulate the ideas out loud in your own words to make a similar point.
- Define love exclusively from this passage.
- Designate a summary line or verse directly from the passage.
- Have you any experience of being hated because you lived a life of loving?
- What is the most significant application of this passage for the life of church today?
- Spend at least 5 minutes with God and the summary line you selected. Repeat the words. Listen. How do these words nudge you?
The questions mentioned for INTERPRETATION #1 above:
- vs 20 and 21 seem contradictory. What is the intention here?
- vs 14- Why might the author include the adjective Christian brothers and sisters?
- Why does vs 23 use the singular commandment while vs 24 uses the word in plural?
- Vs 24 brings in the Spirit which has not been mentioned previously in the passage…What might be the intention?
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