Love One Another

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Sunday’s Message — Love One Another, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

Series: One Anothering  │ Scripture: John 13:34-35; 15:12; 15:17; Romans 12:10; 13:8; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; 4:9; 1 Peter 1:22; 3:8; 4:8; 1 John 3:11, 3:23, 4:7; 4:11-12; 2 John 5

 

 

  • How would you explain the difference between “falling in love” and “true love”? What characteristics of true love separate it from the euphoric, “in love” experience?

 

  • What do you think is the significance that almost one third of the “one another” commands in the New Testament are “Love One Another”?

 

  • How does love for one another “fulfill the law” (Romans 13:8-10; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8)?

 

  • In his book The 5 Love Languages, Dr. Gary Chapman explains that our actions must precede our emotions: “Most of us do things each day that do not come ‘naturally’ for us…We go against our feelings and get out of bed. Why? Because we believe there is something worthwhile to do that day. And normally, before the day is over, we feel good about having gotten up.” When have you experienced your attitude to change because of actions you performed even when you didn’t “feel like it”? Do you think we can “practice” our way into loving others in the same way we “practice” our way into becoming a pianist, dancer, or basketball player?

 

  • John 13:1-15, 34-35. Read this account together picturing yourself in the upper room seated with the disciples, Jesus washing your feet. What does it mean to love? What hinders you from “loving one another” as Jesus did?

 

  • 1 John 3:16-18. It’s been said that if it does not cost you something, it is not true love but merely a token. Is there such a thing as love without sacrifice?

 

  • “Consumerism is chronic dissatisfaction” (Brett McCracken, Uncomfortable). It is possible to truly “love one another” and continue as consumers? What does love demand of our relationship to “one another”?

 

  • John 17:21-23. Theologian Francis Schaffer calls the love of the Christian community “The Final Apologetic”? How is a community of love a more convincing proof of the Gospel than a just transformed individual ?

 

 

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