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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LOVE LIKE JESUS
A Christian wants to be as much like Jesus as he or she can be. John 3:16 tells us what it means to love like Jesus loves: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.” Godly love gives sacrificially. Loving like Jesus means we hold everything we own with loose hands. We are willing to part with money, time, and possessions in order to serve other people. We recognize that all we have is on loan to us from our Father in heaven and we are responsible for what we do with it
Jesus was undiscriminating in the way He loved. He warned us that it is easy to love those who are like us (Luke 6:32–33). But Jesus loved even His enemies and expects His followers to do the same (Luke 6:35). He healed, fed, and ministered to many who would later cry, “Crucify Him!” (Matthew 27:20–22).
To love like Jesus means we cannot be selective in how we treat people. James strongly condemns favoritism based on financial or social status.
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ETERNAL LIFE COMES FROM GOD
“STUDIES IN 1 JOHN
· 1st John was written and shared with us that we might have abundant life
· Do you know what joy is
· God is light, there is NO darkness in Him
· If we say that we have fellowship with God and still walk in darkness we lie and the truth is not in us
· If we walk in the light as Christ dwells in the light we have fellowship with one another. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin
· If we say that we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us
· If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness
· If we say we have not sinned we are calling God a liar and His word is not in us
The Apostle John is the author of five New Testament books: the gospel of John, the three short epistles that also bear his name (1, 2, and 3 John) and the book of Revelation. John was part of Jesus’ “inner circle” and, along with Peter and James, John was given the privilege of witnessing Jesus’ conversation with Moses and Elijah on the mount of the transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9). His importance in the twelve grew as he matured, and after the crucifixion, he became a “pillar” in the Jerusalem church (Galatians 2:9), ministered with Peter (Acts 3:1, 4:13, 8:14), and finally was exiled to the island of Patmos by the Romans, where he received from God the majestic visions that comprise the book of Revelation.
Not to be confused with John the Baptist, the Apostle John is the brother of James, another of the twelve disciples of Jesus. Together, they were called by Jesus “Boanerges,” which means “sons of thunder,” and therein we find a key to John’s personality. Both brothers were characterized by zeal, passion and ambition. In his early days with Jesus, at times John acted rashly, recklessly, impetuously, and aggressively. We see him in Mark 9 forbidding a man to cast out demons in Jesus’ name because he was not part of the twelve (Mark 9:38-41). Jesus gently rebuked him, saying no one could cast out demons in Jesus’ name and then turn around and speak evil of Him. In Luke 9:51-54, we see the brothers wanting to call down fire from heaven to destroy the Samaritans who refused to welcome Jesus. Again, Jesus had to rebuke them for their intolerance and lack of genuine love for the lost. John’s zeal for Jesus was also influenced by his natural ambition, as seen in his request (through his mother) that he and his brother be seated on Jesus’ right and left hands in the kingdom, an incident that caused a temporary rift between the brothers and the other disciples (Matthew 20:20-24).
In spite of these youthful expressions of misdirected passion, John aged well. He began to understand the need for humility in those who desired to be great. John’s is the only gospel that records Jesus washing the disciples’ feet (John 13:4-16). Jesus’ simple act of servanthood must have impacted John greatly. By the time of the crucifixion, Jesus had enough confidence in the young man to turn the care of His mother over to him, a charge John took very seriously. From that day on, John cared for her as if she were his own mother (John 19:25-27). John’s rash request for special honor in the kingdom had given way to a compassion and humility that would characterize his ministry in his later life. Although he remained courageous and bold, his ambition was balanced by the humility he learned at Jesus’ feet. This willingness to serve others and suffer for the sake of the gospel must have enabled him to bear his final imprisonment on Patmos where, according to reliable historical sources, he lived in a cave, cut off from those he loved, and was treated with cruelty and reproach. In the opening of the book of Revelation, which he received from the Holy Spirit during this time, he referred to himself as ‘your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus” (Revelation 1:9). He had learned to look beyond his earthly sufferings to the heavenly glory that awaits all who patiently endure.
Joy is something we all long for but that often seems difficult to grab hold of. Experiencing joy should be a part of every Christian’s life. Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, produced by God’s work in us, and it is part of God’s will for us.
We know that even the most mature of God’s people experience periods of joylessness. For instance, Job wished he had never been born (Job 3:11). David prayed to be taken away to a place where he would not have to deal with reality (Psalm 55:6–8). Elijah, even after defeating 450 prophets of Baal with fire called down from heaven (1 Kings 18:16–46), fled into the desert and asked God to take his life (1 Kings 19:3–5). If these men struggled, how can we experience consistent joy in the Christian life?
The first thing is to realize that joy is a gift from God. The root word for joy in the Greek is chara, which is closely related with the Greek charis for “grace.” Joy is both a gift of God as well as a response to the gifts of God. Joy comes when we are aware of God’s grace and relish His favor.
With this in mind, it’s evident that one way to experience joy is to focus on God. Rather than dwelling on our difficulties or those things robbing our contentment, we can dwell on God. This is not to say we should deny our discontent or stuff negative emotions. Following the example of many of the psalmists, we can pour out our hearts to God. We can tell Him bluntly all the things that ail us. But then we submit those things to Him, remember who He is, and are happy in Him. Psalms 3, 13, 18, 43, and 103 are good examples.
The book of Philippians has much to say about joy, even though Paul wrote the epistle from prison. Philippians 4:4–8 gives some guidelines for experiencing joy in the Christian life: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! . . . The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Here we see the importance of praising God, remembering that He is near, praying about our worries, and keeping our minds focused on the good things of God. We can experience joy when we intentionally praise. David wrote that the study of God’s Word can bring us joy (Psalm 19:8). We experience joy by communing with God through prayer. And we experience joy by keeping our focus on godly things rather than on difficult circumstances or discontentment.
Jesus also gave some instructions regarding joy. In John 15 He talked about abiding in Him and obeying Him. He said, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:9–11). One of the keys to joy is living in obedience to God.
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“STUDIES IN 1 JOHN”
The Apostle John’s first epistle has brought conviction, understanding and confidence to followers of Christ for the past twenty centuries..
1 John Chapter 1
· Fellowship with God and Each Other
· God is light and in Him is no _______________at all. Vs. 5
· If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we ___________ and do not practice the truth. Vs. 6
· But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses us from all sin. Vs. 8
· WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY MEAN TO WALK IN THE LIGHT?
· If we confess our_________, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all____________________. Vs. 9
· If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His_________ is not in us.
· WHAT IS SIN? (Your definition)
· WHAT DO YOU THINK MOST PEOPLE ACTUALLY THINK ABOUT SIN TODAY?
· ACCORDING TO OUR STUDY IN 1 JOHN TONIGHT, HOW SHOULD WE ADDRESS SIN IN OUR LIVES AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS?
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STUDIES IN 1 JOHN
READ 1 JOHN CHAPTER 2 THIS WEEK!
ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS FOR OUR SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION.
1. Why is the Apostle John writing these words to us? Vs. 1
2. When we sin what should we know and be aware of? Vs. 1
3. How do we know if we really know God? Vs. 3
4. If someone claims to be a believer but doesn’t keep God’s commandments, what is he? Vs. 4
5. If we say we are in Christ, how should we walk, talk and live? Vs. 6
6. What do you think the Apostle John is actually saying in verses 7-11?
7. Again, why is John writing these words to his generation and ours? Verses 12-14
8. What should our attitude be toward the world in which we live? Verses 15-17
9. To deny that Jesus is the Christ is to actually say what_______________! Verses 22-23
10. What has God promised us? Vs. 25
11. The Apostle John appears to be writing to Christians who are being seduced (vs. 26) and struggling in their faith. It is his desire that they realize that God lives in them through His Holy Spirit and that that “Spirit” will teach and guide them. Is it any different for us? Vs. 28
HOW DOES 1 JOHN CHAPTER 2 SPEAK TO YOU PERSONALLY?
WHERE DO YOU STRUGGLE THE MOST IN YOUR FAITH?
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT VERSE IN 1 JOHN CHAPTER 2 FOR YOU?
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Ministry and leadership have been my passion for 50 years! It was the 1950’s and I was in elementary school. As a child I was taught early to assume responsibility. I believe it may have been in the first grade where Mrs. Stone taught us to be “leaders and helpers.” Everyone in the class was given a turn to be a leader and guide other students through the halls to wherever the destination led. We were also given opportunities to assist with various chores in the classroom. I loved those opportunities to serve! But, I delighted in the leadership responsibilities and as you know those formational experiences of my life and so many more throughout the years have led to the creation of many creative ministries.
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