Confident Love Made Practical
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: 1 John 5:13, 1 John 3:11–3:24, John 13:34–13:35, James 2:15–2:17,
A 13-week message series in the book of 1 John
The Setting of 1 John
Reviewing the First Half of 1 John
1 John 5:13 NIV
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Previewing the Second Half of 1 John
1 John 3:11-24 NIV
11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
John 13:34-35 NIV
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Rethinking Church & What's Most Important
Church isn’t so much a place to attend, but rather church is a people to belong to. It’s the difference between a community mindset rather than a consumer mindset. When we think about church this way, our personal preferences take a back seat to the priority of love in the church.
1 John 3:16-18 NIV
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
James 2:15-17 NIV
15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
The Value of Authentic Love
AUTHENTIC LOVE means we practice what we preach and put feet to our faith. We don’t just talk the talk, but we also walk the walk.
Authentic Love This Week
Who in the church do you need to love authentically this week?
How are you going to do that with actions and in truth?
Be willing to count the cost (money, time, emotion, energy) to express love practically to a brother or sister in Christ in need.
1. Share something you learned last week about another person in your group that you didn’t know before. (Make sure it’s okay with them that you share it.)
2. How does John describe the Devil in this letter? What is the Evil One’s connection with our sin and lack of love (“hate”) for others?
3. Read verses 17-18 in a few different translations. Get real with what God is saying to us here:
• How much do we need to have before we’re willing to give to others in need?
• What qualifies as “need” that we should give to?
• Do those measures change when you think about fellow-believers in poor countries like Haiti or Zimbabwe?
4. How does compassionate, practical giving to others’ needs grow our confidence in prayer? Compare 3:19-23 with 5:13-16.
1 John series start page
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