One Of Our Three Greatest Needs: Love – Notes/Study Sheet

(I Cor. 13:13)

 

Introduction:

   * God is love –

   * Fruits of the spirit (Gal. 5:22ff) –

   * Matthew 22:40; Mark 12:28 –

   * The love of God is tremendous!

  

1. God loves His Son.

   * Isa. 42:1 –

   * Mt. 3:17 –

   * Jn. 1:18 -                                                               Jn. 5:20 –

  

2. God loves His Son’s followers.

   * Rom. 5:5 – God’s love is “poured out.”

   * Those in Christ are in covenant relationship with God (Rom. 6:3-4; Gal. 3:27).

 

   * Christ will always love us (Rom. 8:38-39; Jas. 1:17)! Sadly, men fail to love Him (Gal. 5:4; Jas. 5:19-20).

  

3. God loves the world.

   * Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8).

   * Purest form of love is agape – causes us to sacrifice for others.

   * I Cor. 13:13 – agape.

   * God hates sin, but loves sinners. Wants us to repent (Acts 17:30; II Peter 3:9).

   * God gives us continuing opportunities to repent (I Peter 4:17; 3:7-9; I John 4:17; Jude 6,15; Revelation 14:7).

   * We should hate sin too and spread the Gospel (Rom. 12:9; Mk. 16:15-16; Jn. 14:6).

   * We should love each other as Jesus loved us (Jn. 13:34). That’s how others know we’re Christ’s followers (Jn. 13:35).

   * We demonstrate our love for God by keeping His commandments (Jn. 14:15).  Eph. 3:18-19 -

 

4. Mankind should love God.

   * Loving God is a lifestyle! Paul understood: “For me, to live is Christ” (Phil. 1:21).

   * Love = obedience (Jn. 14:15; Gal. 5:6). We must love in deed (I Jn. 3:18).

   * How do we learn to love God? By learning of His love for us (Eph. 3:18-19; I Jn. 4:19).

   * God’s love is demonstrative (Gal. 1:4), unselfish (Phil. 2:5ff), inexpressible (II Cor. 9:15), unquenchable (Rom. 8:35).

 

   * How do we show love for God? Respect His authority. Obey (Rom. 1:5; 16:26). Accept His word  (Acts 17:11).

  

5. We should love others.

   * We’re all created in God’s image (Gen. 1:26-27).

   * Phil. 2:3-4 – look after others.

   * Not our nature (Job 2:4), but we must remember Christ (Jn. 15:13).  Love – I Cor. 13:4ff

   * Love covers sin (I Peter 4:8).

   * Christians forgive their brothers & sisters in Christ (Luke 17:3).

   * How many problems would disappear if more love were shown? (Rom. 13:8-10).

 

   * Good Samaritan (Luke 10).

 

6. Love self.

   * Many reasons people don’t love themselves.

 

   * Every soul has value (Mt. 16:26; I Tim. 2:4; II Pet. 3:9).

   * The blood of the Lamb redeems us (Jn. 1:29).

                                                                                                                                    R.W. McAlister  5/24/09 a.m.