School of Love | Touching Love | George Hinman

1 John 1:1-4

Review:  Discuss any opportunities you had last week to live into the virtues of humility and meekness.  

Introduction:  This week we begin 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?

Pray:  Lord, help us to understand your love and how your love can become our love.  Amen.

Read:  1 John 1:1-4

Discussion:

  1.  What parallels of language and concepts do you see between 1 John 1:1-4 and the Gospel of John 1:1-4?
  2.  Why is it important that the testimony comes from those who have “seen with their own eyes” and “touched with their own hands”?

    How does first hand testimony strengthen a court case?
  3. What is the Word of Life?
  4. Consider the wisdom of God in revealing himself to his creatures by becoming one himself; in the flesh.
    How does God taking on the form of a man, Jesus, help us know God more personally?

    How does Jesus help us understand God’s love?
  5. How can we live like Christ incarnate in our interactions and love for others?

    How could such love complete your joy?

Application:  Try to practice incarnational love this week (consider keeping a diary or to journal your experiences) to see the Word made flesh. 

Pray:  Lord, we want to know your love. Thank you for letting your love be known in a flesh and blood Savior.  Help us to take your love into our very being in such a way that it naturally flows out to those around us.  Amen.

 

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