Sunday June 14, 2020 Worship Service
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Scripture Reading - 1 John 4:1-11
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God,
because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God:
Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.
This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them,
because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world,
and the world listens to them.
We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.
This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
This is how God showed his love among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Being Loving People
1 John 4:7-11
1 John 4:7–11 (NIV84)
7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
John has already addressed the topic of love in 1 John 2:7-11 and 1 John 3:11-18.
John desires to make sure that we clearly understand that love is not an optional virtue for a Christian.
-Love inevitably is the result of being born of God, however, it is not an automatic result.
(1 John 4:7,11)
-Love is not opposed to truth.
(1 John 4:1, John 17:17)
We need to have wise discernment with regards to:
-Essential doctrinal differences
-Non-essential doctrinal differences
-Some doctrines where believing or rejecting is the difference between saved or unsaved. For example, we cannot compromise the substitutionary atonement of Christ. (1 John 4:10)
1 John 3:23 (NIV84)
23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.
1 John 4:1-6 – John explains the command in 1 John 3:23
1 John 4:7-11 – John turns the attention to the second part of the command.
We love each other because God is love, and God revealed His love by sending His Son as the propitiation for our sins.
1) God is love so we should love one another (1 John 4:7-8)
“Beloved” “Dear friends” – John’s reader knew John as a man who practiced love for them.
Biblical love is a self-sacrificing, caring commitment that shows itself in seeking the highest good of the one loved.
Biblical love is a commitment, not without feeling, but a caring commitment.
Biblical love allows for loving correction when needed.
1a) Love comes from God (1 John 4:7)
Biblical love does not originate with a person, it comes from God.
God’s love does not negate His holiness or His justice.
(1 John 2:29, 1 John 1:5)
1b) As God’s children we display His nature (1 John 4:7-8)
John’s main application here is that children take on the characteristics of their parents.
God is love, if we are His true children, then we must love one another.
2) God’s love seen in sending His Son (1 John 4:9-10)
2a) God sent His Son so that we might live through Him (1 John 4:9)
God sent Jesus to redeem us, to manifest His great love for us and in us for His glory!
2b) Love is truly seen in God sending Jesus to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:10)
“Propitiation” means to satisfy God’s justice and wrath toward our sin.
Since God is love and has so loved us, John’s conclusion is inescapable.
3) We need to love one another (1 John 4:11)
Ought – the implication is that it is an obligation or commandment.
Not simply a feeling, but rather an action based on commitment.
We must love others, or we are being disobedient to God.
God so loved us, why shouldn’t we work at loving one another in our homes and in our church, even when it is difficult?
Questions for Discussion
Unpack how you would show love to a difficult person? What about someone you know who is living in sin? What are some personal and doctrinal boundaries that you may need to wrestle with?
What are some ways you can think more carefully or learn about God’s love?
We are not perfect, so how can we apply 1 John 4:7-8? Is there a level of love that we must demonstrate to know that we are saved?
This coming week, what are three things you and your family can do to demonstrate God’s great love for someone?