Owls, bats, and raccoons are creatures of darkness — Christians are not. In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that if we say we are God’s children while we walk in darkness, we lie.
Principle for Bible Reading
Search in Concentric Circles
When seeking for answers concerning how a biblical author uses a word or phrase in a verse, it is often helpful to start by seeking answers in the immediate context and then moving outward. Good Bible reading, like a stone dropped in a pond, starts at the word or phrase in question and ripples out to other places in the Bible to get help for understanding. Starting your search in the immediate verse and moving outward is often called searching in concentric circles.
After searching in the immediate verse, it is key to look for the author’s meaning in:
- The paragraph which contains the verse
- Then the chapter
- Then its book as a whole
- Then other books written by the same author
- Then the same Testament (New or Old) as a whole
- Then the whole Bible
- What do you think it means that “God is light” (1 John 1:5)?
- What does it mean to walk in the light in 1 John 1:5–10? Does it mean we are perfect? What does it mean to walk in darkness (1 John 1:6)?
- What does 1 John 1:5–10 say happens if we walk in the light? The darkness? Which are you walking in?