Role Models and Knowing Jesus: A Free Lesson in First John

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Have everyone share about someone they look up to.  Without naming the person tell the group what it is about that person that you look up to.  Why do you look up to them?

The Bible

Read 1 John 2: 3-6

  1. What do you think it means to “know” Jesus?
  2. What does it say in this passage it takes to really “know” Jesus? (we obey His commands)
  3. What does it look like to obey Jesus’ commands? (to walk like Jesus did)
  4. What does it mean to “walk” like Jesus? (walk = act and live like Jesus)
  5. What are some examples of the way Jesus walked and lived?
  6. How does that translate to the way we should live?

Each of the below passages are ways that Jesus acted and lived.  Explore each one using these two questions.

  1. How is Jesus “walking” (acting) in this passage?
  2. How do we do what Jesus did?

Note:  In these passages, we see examples of Jesus living a certain way.  For example, when Jesus heals people He gives us an example of how we should live…meaning we should take care of those who hurt and suffer. We may not be able to heal (unless we are a medical doctor), but the point is to look at Jesus’ example of a lifestyle.

John 13: 1- 17 (Jesus washes the disciples’ feet)

Matthew 4: 23 – 24 (Jesus heals the sick)

Mark 3: 31- 35 (Jesus talks about who is brothers and mother are)

Matthew 14: 13 – 21 (Feeding of the 5000)

Mark 1: 35 (Jesus goes to pray…spending time with God)

John 21: 15 – 19 (Jesus forgives and reinstates Peter)


Have each person share how they can walk more like Jesus.

Then pray out loud…having each pray for the person on their left for their walking with Jesus.

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Scott has served in student ministry for over 30 years, the past 23 years at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman, Oklahoma, where he oversees ministries to Kindergarten through 12th grade as the director of student ministries. Having grown up in an incredible and life-changing youth ministry at Pioneer United Methodist Church in Walla Walla, Washington, Scott got his start in student ministry at Simpson United Methodist Church in Pullman, Washington while a student at Washington State University. He will never forget his first official Sunday as a youth director when 2 of the high school students who showed up were older then him! Scott has a passion for missions and leadership develop, and desires to create life-long disciples for Jesus Christ. He and Kristin have been married for 13 years, and welcomed an amazing little girl into the world in May of 2016. You can follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottMeier