School of Love | Love When It's Hard | George Hinman

1 John 5:1-5

February 19, 2017

Review:  Were you able to preach the Gospel to yourself every morning this week?   How did that help you to love others?

Introduction:  This is week six of our seven week sermons entitled “The School of Love”.  We are seeing what we are able to learn about love from the words of the apostle dubbed ‘The Apostle of Love”.  We are hoping to learn how we might live in intentional community designed to retrain our hearts in gospel love.


This week we will look at the connection between God’s love to us and our ability and willingness to love others.

 

Pray:  Lord, open our hearts to experience your love and may your Holy Spirit provide us clarity and insight into the depth of the mystery of your love.  May our willingness and enthusiasm to love others grow as we further comprehend your love.  Amen.

Read: 1 John 5:1-5

Discussion:

  1.  How does one become born of God?  See 1 John 5:1, John 1:12-13, Galatians 4:4-7 and Romans 10:9-10.
  2.  How does your new birth in Christ change your ability to obey and love God?

  3. Which of Jesus’ commands seem burdensome to you?  What is it about the command that makes it burdensome to you?

  4. What does overcoming the world look like?  Is God’s definition of victory different than the world’s definition?  If so how is it different?

  5. Read John 15:5.  How does this truth from Jesus empower you as you seek to love others?  What does abiding in Jesus look like in your life?

Application:  In 1 John 5:14-15 John reminds us of our access to God in prayer. Bring before God in prayer those who are hard for you to love.  

Pray:  Lord, thank you for your unfailing love to us.  Thank you that even when our sin made us deserving of destruction, you nonetheless chose to love us and you sent Jesus to atone for our sin and reconcile us to you.  As we hold up to you those we find difficult to love this week in prayer, grow in us the desire to show your love to them.  May our love show your love to the world.   Amen.

 

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