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Let This Mind Be In You: Love

Let This Mind Be In You Love

1 John 4:7-11

I. GOD LOVES US

    A. Shown in sending His Son (1 John 4:7-11; John 3:16-17; 1 John 4:16-19)
    B. Love is the foundation of salvation (Romans 5:6-8; John 15:13)
    C. Jesus’ sacrifice was a conscious, calculated decision, understanding the consequences (Mark 10:17-22)

II. JESUS IS OUR ULTIMATE EXAMPLE

    A. He was willing to give; we must be willing to give (1 John 3:16-18; James 2:15-16)
    B. The example of the first century church (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 5:4)

III. GENEROSITY BASED ON LOVE

    A. Looking for opportunities (Galatians 6:2, 7-10)
    B. The example of Macedonia (2 Corinthians 8:2-5, 9, 12-15)

IV. LOVE IS SHOWN NOT ONLY IN GIVING, BUT IN LIVING

    A. Love is the basis of how we treat one another (Romans 13:8-10)
    B. Love is the basis of how we treat God (John 14:15; 1 John 5:2-3)

Responding to God’s Love

1 John 4:7-21

I. ACCEPTING GOD’S LOVE

    A. Knowing God (1 John 4:7-8; Philippians 3:8-11; Titus 1:16)
    B. Christ gives us life (1 John 4:9; John 14:6; 1:4; 11:25; 5:24) as the propitiation of our sins (1 John 4:10)
    C. We have no excuse to not love the brethren (1 John 4:11)

II. CONFESSING GOD’S LOVE

    A. The good confession (1 John 4:15; Acts 8:37-38; 1 Timothy 6:12)
    B. More than mere lip service (Matthew 15:8; 7:21)

III. ABIDING IN GOD’S LOVE

    A. A mutual spiritual indwelling, a reciprocal abiding, the closest fellowship and communion possible (1 John 4:12-16)
    B. We can be bold by conforming our lives to His (1 John 4:17; 1 Timothy 6:11; Ephesians 5:1-2)
    C. There is no fear in love (1 John 4:18; Psalm 111:10)

IV. PRACTICING GOD’S LOVE

    A. Selflessly seeking the very best for another person (1 John 4:19)
    B. Love for the brethren flows from a love for God (1 John 4:20)
    C. You cannot love God if you do not love your Christian family (1 John 4:21)

Us Against the World

1 John 4:1-6

I. LOVE WITH EYES WIDE OPEN (1 JOHN 4:1)

    A. Stop believing every spirit
    B. Test the spirits (Acts 17:11)
    C. Many false prophets (Galatians 1:6-9)

II. CONTEXT: A SPECIFIC FALSE DOCTRINE (1 JOHN 4:2-3)

    A. Gnosticism stated the divine Christ did not actually inhabit a fleshly body
    B. The spirit of antichrist

      1. Disobedient (1 John 2:19)
      2. Deniers (1 John 2:22)
      3. Deceivers (1 John 2:26)

    C. If a teaching does not originate with God, it must be rejected by the faithful

III. CONTRASTING JOHN’S READERS TO FALSE TEACHERS, AND FALSE TEACHERS TO TRUE APOSTLES (1 JOHN 4:4-6)

    A. His readers had overcome (Jude 3; Romans 10:17)
    B. The false prophets are of the world (2 Timothy 4:2-4; Matthew 7:13-14)
    C. The apostles are of God (Acts 2:42; 2 John 9-11)