A Loving Community
Topic: AM Service Passage: 1 John 3:11–3:24
“All you need is love,” goes the old song, and to some extent it is true. The Bible does not refute the importance of love in our lives and our community, but it does have a good deal to say about what love is. “God is love,” says the Scripture, and that does not mean “love is god.” For much of our society, love is a vaguely sentimental feeling, or worse yet, the fulfillment of selfish passions. The Bible tells us that love is self-sacrifice, personified in the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Love is an active word – we know we love and are loved by actions. The Lord calls us as a community to be a people of love, showing the world around us what it means to love each other. Are you ready to meet the challenge of loving each other, your neighbors, and even your enemies? This is what it means to be “A Loving Community” (John 13:33-35; 1 John 3:11-24).
I. Love is a Command (John 13:33-35)
A. Love Begins with Jesus
B. Love Gives Life to the Church
II. Love is Action (1 John 3:11-18)
A. Keeping Us from Evil
B. Driving Us to Good Deeds
III. Love is From God (1 John 3:19-24)
A. Answering Our Doubts
B. Assuring Our Relationship
Questions for consideration: (1) What is the common definition of love in the world today? How does it differ from the Biblical definition? What is the significance of the difference? (2) Why is it so important to show love in the covenant community? Why is it so hard? (3) How does our love for each other help each of us in times of difficulty and doubt?