School of Love | Betrayal With a Kiss

1 John 2:1-11

January 22, 2017

Review:  In what ways were you able to practice incarnational love last week?
Did you keep a diary or journal?  How were you able to see the Word made flesh? 

Introduction:  This is week 2 in a seven week series of sermons on the School of Love. The church is nothing if it is not a school of love. The Bible teaches us that God is love and that the central purpose of our lives is to love. It’s not hard to agree with the greatness of love. It’s just that it is hard to really do. We don’t need sentimentality or moralizing.  We need help.  The good news is that Jesus is our help and the good news of Jesus unlocks our hearts not just to love him but to love with him.  So what can we learn from the apostle of love if we sit at his feet and listen to what he has to teach us?  How can believers live in intentional community designed to retrain our hearts in gospel love?

This week we examine our inner betrayer and explore how the Advocate turns self-deception into obedient love.

Pray:  Thank you god that Jesus is our advocate; that we can give you our sin and know that because of Jesus, our sins have been forgiven.  Teach us how to live in the light. Amen.

Read:  1 John 2:1-11

Discussion:

  1.  What parallels of language and concepts do you see between 1 John 1:5 to 2:13 and the Gospel of John 1:5-13?
  2.  How does John tell us to deal with our sin? (1 John 1:5-10)
  3. What role does keeping His Commandments play in the life of a believer?

    What is the motivation to keep His Commandments?
  4. What is the new commandment?

    How does it differ from the old commandment? Or does it?
  5. Why would you be in darkness if you hate your brother/sister in Christ?
  6. How does this passage keep us from self-deception and lead us to obedient love?

Application:  This week pay attention to temptations to hate your brother. 
Consciously fill your mind and heart with the light of gratitude. 

Pray:  Lord, help us love you and walk in the light.  Protect us from the darkness of false values, selfishness, pride and lust.  Amen.

 

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