Learning to “Live Loved” is a journey! 1 John is our guide to explore an amazing way to live!
The Fellowship of the Light Trail (1:5-2:2)
The Obedience of Love Trail (2:3-17)
Opposition Overlook (2:18-28)
Born of God Basin (3:1-24)
Pre-Summit Warnings and Encouragement (4:1-6)
-Test the spirits, “Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.
-Remember Whose you are, “4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
The Summit (4:7-21)
The “Live Loved” life is extraordinarily powerful because this Love is:
· Sourced in God (the Lover)
· Received by us (the Beloved)
· Given to others (the Loved)
10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Love finds completeness in our lives, powerfully overcoming fear and hate!
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear
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 am I learning to Live Loved?
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 4:1-6
Tuesday – 1 John 4:7-10
Wednesday – 1 John 4:11-15
Thursday – 1 John 4:16-18
Friday – 1 John 4:19-21
Saturday – 1 John 4:1-21