Central church of Christ 

New Smyrna Beach, Fl 

Sunday Bible Study, 9:00 a.m.    Sunday Worship, 10:00 a.m.     Wednesday Bible Study, 7:00p.m.

Class Study Guides

1St John Chapter 1
"What Real Fellowship Is All About"

Chapter 1 Outline

A) Real fellowship is with God and Jesus (not just believers) (1 Jn. 1:1-4). 

B) Must comprehend God's nature (1 Jn. 1:5-6). 

C) The power of the blood (1 Jn. 1:7-8). 

D) Confession & honesty brings cleansing (1 Jn. 1:9-10).

"So that you 

too may have fellowship with us..." -1 Jn 1:3

1st John Chapter 1 Questions

1) According to John himself, what was the purpose for this writing?

2) John begins his epistle by arguing that Jesus was indeed a real and tangible person. Which false teaching

    disputes John's argument? Circle your answer.

    a) Asceticism.

    b) Docetism.

    c) Polytheism.

3) What does John call Jesus in verses 1-2? 

    a) _________________________________

    b) _________________________________

    c) _________________________________

4) According to John, what was John proclaiming and why?

5) How does one come into fellowship with the Father and Jesus?

6) What must one first comprehend about God, in order to have fellowship with Him?

7) According to John, how powerful is the blood of Jesus for those who are in fellowship with Him? Does Jesus' 

    blood have an inherent ability or is this a figure of speech concerning something else? (Consider Leviticus 17:11 

    & Hebrews 9:22).



8) What must those in fellowship confess? What does it mean to "confess."

9) How is God's character described when we confess?

9) What are the ramifications of saying that we have not sinned?

1St John Chapter 2
"Christians Know The Truth"

Chapter 2 Outline

A) Truly know God: keep His commandments (1 Jn. 2:1-5). 

B) Walking as Christ walked (1 Jn. 2:6-11). 

C) Christian's are familiar with the Faith (1 Jn. 2:12-14).

D) Christian's and the world do not mix (1 Jn. 2:15-17). 

E) Do not be deceived (1 Jn. 2:18-29). 

"Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you" 

-1 Jn 2:24

1 John Chapter 2 Questions

1) According to John, what was another purpose for this writing?

2) What two descriptions  of Jesus does John give in the first few verses? Elaborate on what they mean, and how they relate to Jesus' salvation work. 

3) According to John, how can one be certain that he has truly come to know and understand Jesus Christ? According to John, how can one know if he is in Jesus Christ?

4) How did Jesus walk? (vs 6). (See Matt 20:29-34; Lk 23:34; Jn 6:38; Jn 8:29; Eph 5:1-2; Phil 2:5-8)

5)  What is the "commandment," and how is it both old and new?

6) John’s strong feeling and determination to bring assurance to his readers is clearly seen in verses 12-14. The designations “little children,” “fathers,” and “young men” may represent different age groups or varying stages of spiritual maturity. List one thing that John has to say about each group in order to encourage them.

7) John warns against loving the world, how can we guard against this? (See Rom 12:1-2; Rom 13:14; Col 3:1-2; 1 Pet 4:1-3).

8) Who is the Antichrist?

9) What must we let abide in us? Why?

10) Many were attempting to deceive these Christians, Why did these brethren not need anyone else to teach them (the truth)? Why should we abide in Jesus?

11) According to John, what's one way we can know if someone has been born of God?

1St John Chapter 3
"Sin Is Never Acceptable"

Chapter 3 Outline

A) Hoping in Christ = living a pure life (1-3).

B) Sin undermines Christ (4-5).

C) Sin is from the devil, period (6-8).

D) True children of God are evident (9-10).

E) True children of God love each other (11-18).

F) The heart of a true child of God (19-24).

"No one who abides in him keeps on sinning"

-1 Jn 3:6.

1st John Chapter Questions 3 Questions

1) According to John, how did God display his love?

2) What should those who have the hope of one day seeing God, do? How can this be done?
(See 1 Peter 1:22; James 4:8; 2 Corinthians 7:1)

3) How does John describe sin? (See Matthew 7:21-23; Colossians 3:17).

4) Besides what many think, what was the central purpose for Jesus' appearing (manifestation) in the flesh?

5) Why is it impossible to abide in Christ while embracing sin? (See Matthew 12).

6) What has the devil been doing from the beginning?

7) John strongly argues that a Christian cannot continue to sin, why?

8) What is the message from the beginning, and how can it help us to guard against sinning?
(See also 1 Peter 4:8; Colossians 3:14; Romans 13:9-10; Matthew 5:43-48)

9) Why go all the way back to the beginning to use the example of Cain & Able?

10) John tells us we know what love is. How? According to John, how does it behave?

11) How and Why should we assure our hearts before God?

1St John Chapter 4
"Do Not Be Deceived"

Chapter 4 Outline
     Do not be deceived...
A) By false teachers (1 Jn 4:1-6).  
B) About God's plans (1 Jn 4:7-13).
C) We must own our relationship with God (1 Jn 4:15-17).
D) About the nature, behavior & motivation of love (1 Jn 4:18-21).

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the 
spirits to see whether they are from God"
-1 Jn 4:1

1 John Chapter 4 Questions

1) What were these Christians told to not believe?

2) Why was it necessary to try (test) these spirits (individuals and their doctrines)? Is this necessary today, why?

3) Who is in us, and who is in the world?

4) According to John, how can we know the difference between truth and error?

5) How was God's love made manifest to us?

6) How can God's love become perfected in us?

7) According to John, what did they learn about God, from the fact that He had given them His Holy Spirit?

8) What must Christians do to abide in Christ and God?

9) Complete the following

   a) "There is no_____________________ in love"

   b) "We love because __________________________________"

10) What do you call one who says "I love God," yet hates his brother or sister? Why?

1St John Chapter 5
"Real Christians Are Confident In Their Faith"

Chapter 5 Outline
A) Real Christians love and obey (1 Jn 5:1-3).
B) Real Christians have overcome the world (1 Jn 5:4-5).
C) Real Christians accept God's testimony (1 Jn 5:6-11).
D) Real Christians KNOW they are saved (1 Jn 5:12-13).
E) Real Christians know they will be heard and taken care of (1 Jn 5:14-15).
F) Real Christians are mindful of sin and evil in the world (1 Jn 5:16-19).
G) Real Christians comprehend the significance of Christ (1 Jn 5:20-21).

"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world -- our faith."                                   - 1 Jn 5:4.

1st John Chapter 5 Questions 

1) What do those born of God do?

2) What do those who love God do?

3) What is the love of God?

4) What is God's testimony and why should it be accepted?

5) Why did John write these things?

6) Identify some key elements and functions of prayer mentioned by John.

7) How can we have eternal life in the Son?

8) According to John, what is sin?

9) Who protects those who have truly been born of God and from what are they protected?

10) According to John, how can we know God is true, and how can we know we are in Him and His Son?

11) What should children of God keep themselves from? What possible relevance could this have had during their time period?

1 JOHN 1-5 Test

Chapter 1

1) John wanted his audience to be in fellowship with Him and God. How does one get into fellowship with God and other Christians?

    a) Potluck.

    b) Prayer.

    c) Lord' Supper.

    d) Obedience to the Gospel.

2) What was John's purpose in writing these things?

3) What was the message heard from the beginning?

4) What must we do to stay in fellowship with one another, and be cleansed from all sin?

5) What is Docetism? 

Chapter 2

1) "My little children, these things I write to you so that you may not..."

    a) Sin.

    b) Doubt His love.

    c) Fail.

    d) Be troubled.

2) Jesus is our propitiation (Pruh- pish- ee- "a" shun). Describe "Propitiation." 

3) Jesus is our advocate, who could an advocate be compared to in a court trial?

4) According to John, who is the "Antichrist?"

Chapter 3

1) What does one who has the hope of one day seeing God do?

2) What is sin?

    a) Iniquity.

    b) Lawlessness.

    c) Disobedience.

    d) Works of the devil.

3) "He who does not love his brother abides in..."

    a) Hell.

    b) Sin.

    c) Unrighteousness.

    d) Death.

4) How does John say we should love?

5) What is God's commandment?

Chapter 4

1) John told his audience to "test the spirits." How do we test the spirits today?

2) How have we overcome the antichrist?

3) What is God?

4) What does perfect love do?

Chapter 5

1) How can we know when we love God's children?

2) What is the testimony [of God]?

3) What two things gives one confidence when praying to God?

4) What is sin?

5) What should we keep ourselves from?