1 John: What Should I Do if I Sin?

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Steve Hill


1 John 1:5-10


  1. God is light: Perfect—Good—Holy
  2. I must walk in the light to have fellowship with God.
  3. Excuses won’t cut it.
  4. I must confess my sin to God.
    • Confession is conceding it is true.
    • Intimacy is rooted in honesty.


  1. How does God look at us when we fail? Is the parent-child analogy helpful?
  2. Light and darkness are metaphors for good and evil. How does darkness deceive us about the light? In what ways can darkness be addictive?
  3. What are some practical ways to walk in the light? (See John 8:12, Psalm 119:105, and Proverbs 6:23)
  4. How will Walking in the Light encourage fellowship with each other? What happens to fellowship when someone walks in darkness?
  5. Confessing our sin to God restores our fellowship with Him. How impactful is 1 John 1:9 in your life? How have you seen God faithful to you in the midst of a spiritual failure?
  6. Pastor Steve told the story of Katherine Ann Powers who surrenders to authorities after hiding for 23 years. How does confession remove guilt?