1 John 2:1-11 January 21, 2018

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In the passage last week, John had a lot to say about spiritual maturity and how our claims can be measured by our conduct (1 John 1:5-2:2).  This week we picked up with the beginning of chapter 2.  John’s desire for writing, “so that you may not sin,” applies to both what he wrote before in chapter 1 and what we looked at in chapter 2. Continue reading

1 John 1:3-2:2 January 14, 2018

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Last week we saw John’s emphatic introduction about first-hand “sensory experiences” (1 John 1:1-5).  Now he immediately moves into a practical (if uncomfortable) topic of how sin affects the fellowship and joy (1 John 1:3) he desired for his readers (and for us). Continue reading

1 John 1:1-5 January 7, 2018

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Our first discussion group began with what is intended to be our weekly pattern:  we spent about ten minutes to read through the passage individually and to work through the discussion questions.  Since this was our first time together, I then spent a few minutes describing the inductive method we will be using:  What does it say?  What does it mean?  What does it mean for me?  (For more detail, see the article Inductive Study Guidelines.) Continue reading

Calvary Institute

This blog is a record of the discussion group of Calvary Institute at Calvary Restoration Church in Aurora, Colorado.  The group started in January 2018 at Calvary Restoration (a part of CFC, the Calvary Family of Churches).  Calvary Institute is a part of the process of training joyful, passionate disciples to “Grow to know God deeply,” one of the core commitments of CFC.

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”  And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”  And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” – Luke 10:25-28 (ESV)

Jesus certainly agreed with the answer that the religious leader gave – the response was right from the Scriptures!  The emphasis from the Lord was “Do this.”  How do we do this? Continue reading