FERVENT CHURCH Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES
DATE: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Preached by Pastor Mike Rosado
HOW TO LOVE Series:
How to BE LOVED
TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: “You’ll never love yourself until you know the one who loves you and knows you better than yourself.”
START THE CONVERSATION – QUESTIONS:
Describe your earliest memory of unconditional love? Who was it that you showed this love? What details do you remember about this encounter?
How do you personally define “Love”? How has your definition of “love” been informed (by movies, literature, other people’s relationships, etc.)? How has your definition, in practical terms, affected your life? Has your definition helped or hindered your relationships?
Please Read 1 John 4:7 – 21
God Is Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is 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 his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
What parts of the scripture passage stood out to you? What part is the most comforting? What part is the most challenging?
WHAT IS LOVE?
(As defined by the various Greek words used in scripture)
- AGAPE – Divine Love / Unconditional
- Religion tells us that God will love us only at our best.
- Jesus says I will love you even at your worst.
- PHILEO – Brotherly Love
- EROS – Erotic Love
How do the above aspects and definitions of “love” inform your understanding of “love”, if at all? Do any of these definitions, alter your original definition that you gave earlier during the ‘Start the Conversation’ Questions?
HOW TO BE LOVED:
1.) God is the only SOURCE of LOVE.
- Impossible to simply logically love others.
- To love others, it must be super-natural.
- Logic leads to doubt, while God’s love leads to faith.
2.) We can’t LOVE unless we KNOW God!!
3.) If we KNOW God, you have to LOVE!!
- Can’t separate knowing God and loving others.
- God may hate the sin, but never the individual.
- God does not hate the divorcee – God restores
- Others can see God’s love through you.
4.) HATE hides Him.
- The miracle of reconciliation must start with you.
- My responsibility is to forgive others, and help make their path clear, so they can walk out their own steps of reconciliation.
5.) God has to LOVE YOU before you can LOVE someone else.
QUESTION: Of the above list, which is the most challenging to incorporate and believe for your life? Why do you think this is so? Which one is the easiest is to embrace and speaks most to you? Again, why do you think that is?
Make an individual list, describing various ways that you know and have experienced the love God has for you. After making the list, share items from your list with others – whether with co-workers, family-members, friends, or perhaps even post on your social media feed to prompt further discussion.