The essence of Life is to “Live Loved”……. Living that way changes everything!
Learning to “Live Loved” is a journey! 1 John is our guide taking us on a series of trails!
The Prologue: 1 John 1:1-4 – We get this “backpack” to hold all we are given on the journey.
3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.
The “Live Loved Journey” 1st Trail - The Fellowship of the Light
1 John 1:5-2:2 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Living Loved means our sin can’t be ignored! We deal with it by confessing it and receiving forgiveness. This is essential to walking in the Fellowship of the Light – but it’s not natural!
The “Live Loved Journey” 2nd Trail - The Obedience of Love
1John 2:3-11 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
Living Loved means loving, through obedience, the One who loved us!
Remember, disobedience (and its result) reveals holes in my love for God not His love for me!
SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, PRAYER - GUIDE:
Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.
Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through your Word!”
Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to, return there! (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)
Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying? Why this word this day?
What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?
How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”
Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.
Monday - 1 John 1:1-4
Tuesday - 1 John 1:5-10
Wednesday - 1 John 2:1-2
Thursday – 1 John 2:3-8
Friday – 1 John 2:9-11
Saturday – 1 John 1:1-2:11