Week of May 28 – June 3 // Who We Are // 1 John 1:1-4

Why is Jesus proclaimed?  For true fellowship and joy.

Box 7 Tip: Find your “spot.”

Find a “spot” for time with God. In the Bible, Jesus was known for pulling away from the crowds, spending time by himself in nature to pray and recharge. Around your move-ins location, look for a location where you or a small group can easily spend focused time with God. Make that a consistent “spot” in your weekly routine. Your spot might be in the bleachers, a balcony over a gym, a bench outside the school, a quiet lounge area inside the school. Where’s your “spot”?

Plan: thinking ahead, where and how will I spend time with God?

Pray: where & when will I pray? what & who will I pray for?

Pursue: who will I pursue building a friendship with this week?

Week Overview

1 John 1:1-4

Breakaway Podcast: Who We Are

Options for related reading or study

Gospel of John 1:1-17 and 16:16-24

Psalm 63

This short book in the Bible is like a poetic sermon on the Christian life. John, who knew Jesus closely as an Apostle, is writing to first-century Christians but also to us. He wants us to participate in genuine fellowship with the fullness of joy.

Key Verse

  • "...and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” 1 John 1:3-4


Praying can be simple — just talking with God multiple times a day. He wants us to speak to Him! You can ask Him to help you focus or share your struggles with Him. You can ask other Christians to help you pray.

  • Example prayer: “God, as I begin this summer, I confess that my heart and mind may be more focused on my drum corps identity than on fellowship with you. Help me today to know you, to have fellowship with Jesus, and to seek ultimate joy in you. Thank you for the grace you offer me through Jesus. Amen.”

Read - 1 John 1:1-4

You can read the verses in your Bible or favorite app. If you don’t fully understand a scripture passage at first, that’s ok! You can talk about it with someone else in Box 7, and the podcast will explain the meaning of the verses.

Listen - “Who We Are”
from Breakaway Ministries App or Stream Online

37 minutes, epilogue is optional

Respond - Personal Reflection & Obedience

If you are already a Christian, do you believe God wants you to have joy? How has he taught you this? Where do you struggle to believe it?

If you are unsure about faith in Jesus, consider this: how many times have the promises and relationships of the world left you unsatisfied? This summer, how might you try pursuing fellowship with God through Box 7 community?

Share - Focus Group Times

Schedule a short time with a small group (3-4 people is best) focused on your section, tour job, housing, or staff. It is important to set a clear ending time to all Focus Group meetings. You can have multiple Focus Group meetings each week, and combine with routines like stretching, eating, or dot-book work. You can read the Bible, pray together, use the Discovery Bible Study format, or use these discussion points below.

Discovery Bible Study suggestion for this week: 1 John 1:1-4

Discussion Points:

  • What are you thankful for this week?
  • What has been challenging?
  • What are ways that fellowship with God can increase our joy in drum corps?
  • How can we personally and spiritually lead and pray with each other the next few days? Be specific; set goals.

Personal Reflection & Recap

  • Does your “spot” for quiet time work? Do you need to find another?
  • Did you have any intentional time with other Box 7 people this week?
  • As you reflect on the past week, what are some things that you could be praying more about?