Love One Another

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This Sunday...

Love One Another │ Scripture: 1 John 3:11-18; 4:7-12

Series: First John │ Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

 

“He who loves his dream of a community more than the Christian community itself becomes a destroyer of the latter, even though his personal intentions may be ever so honest and earnest and sacrificial” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer,Life Together). Why is it so much easier to love a “dream” or “idea” of the “perfect church community” rather than the “reality” community?

1 John 3:12. The absence of love is hate (2:9-11) and to hate is to be a murderer (3:12,15). What did Jesus teach about this (Matthew 5:21-22)? Why is refusal to love the same as murder? “Love” and “hate” are not mere emotional responses but a choice of the will that directs actions. Where do you see “Cain-like” attitudes or “hateful” actions in yourself?

1 John 3:14. The test to know that we have “passed out of death into life” is that we love one another (cf. 1 John 2:9-11). How is this “the message that you have heard from the beginning” (see 1 John 2:7; Leviticus 19:17-18; Matthew 22:34-40; Romans 13:8-10)? According to 1 John 3:16, how did Jesus infuse this “old” commandment with new meaning (John 15:12-13)?

1 John 3:17-18. True love is not a cheap emotion, true love is costly. God’s love for us cost Him His Son. Christ’s love for us cost Him His life. What kinds of things will it cost us to truly love one another (1 John 4:9-12). Which things will be most difficult for you to sacrifice?

1 John 4:7-12. “The point is, we should not expect our church, or any church, to be free of people who annoy us. And that’s a good thing. The reality of God’s family is that people have different backgrounds and personalities and opinions. They will clash. It will be messy. It’s a huge challenge committing to a family like this, but it is not optional. Adopted sons and daughters of God can’t just throw in the towel and retreat to our just-like-me friend groups and homogenous cliques. We must lean into the awkward conglomeration of people who comprise the church” (Brett McCracken, Uncomfortable). What things make it hardest for you to love others? Practically, what will you do to “lean into” and practice loving one another?

 

Comments (1)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Mar 10, 2019 05:26

What a welcome!  "Our church family is made up of broken and imperfect people from every kind of story imaginable. Regardless of where you’re from or your story, we believe you belong right here!"



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