"They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us." I John 2:19
What would this congregation have been feeling after watching some of their teachers leave the gospel and the church behind?
What are the big truths that the Spirit gives in this text to help them process this? How would you say them in everyday language?
How do you react when someone leaves not only the church, but also the faith? Are those reactions holy or sinful? How would Christ have you react?
What would change about the way you invest in people or participate in church life if these words were true?