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A Culture of Love

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A CULTURE OF LOVE
by Eddie Lawrence

(The audio version of this sermon can be heard at http://gracehouse.info/sermons on the date of April 14, 2013)

•What Does True Love Look Like in the Culture of a

Local Congregation?

•It looks like God would look expressed through a man—
JESUS

•The Call to Love

•Love God and Love your Neighbor as yourself.

•Love God, Love Others, Love like Jesus loves.

•Experience and Manifest Communion Love with God and Jesus.

•John 17:23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

GOD IS LOVE –  SCRIPTURE

(The verse prior to what follows mentions more than once that GOD is LOVE)

1 John 4:12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.

From the verses above, notice that:

1. LOVE CAN BE SEEN

1 John 4:12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

2. LOVE FLOWS THROUGH THE SPIRIT

1 John 4:12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

3. LOVE IS AN ABIDING GIFT

1 John 4: 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us.

(1 Cor. 13: 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.)

 

4. LOVE IS FOUNDATIONAL TO ALL THAT WE BELIEVE AS CHRISTIANS

1 John 4: 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us.

5. LOVE IS A FUNDAMENTAL INGREDIENT OF BOLDNESS.

1 John 4: 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.

6. LOVE REFLECTS THE FAMILY RESEMBLANCE.

1 John 4: 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.

 7. LOVE IS FEARLESS AND BRINGS FREEDOM.

1 John 4: 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.

8. LOVE IS THE PUREST FORM OF WORSHIP.

1 John 4: 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.

•Remember love is more than a feeling, or a Belief; It is to be the heartbeat of all we are and do.

•How we relate to GOD

•How we relate to BELIEVERS

•How we relate to the LOST

•How we relate to OURSELVES

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