My sermon notes for Sunday, May 20th as we continue our study through The Gospel of John. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net
John 15:12–17 –  “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.  These things I command you, so that you will love one another. (ESV)
His instruction to us – that we love one another as I have loved you.
John 13:34-35 –  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (ESV)
Lev. 19:17 – Love your neighbor as yourself
- Old – neighbor – fleshly relationship
- Old – As yourself
- New – one another – spiritual relationship
- New- as I have loved you.
New – Even this Sunday as the day of Pentecost is celebrated. NEW. Sins forgiven, Spirit given.
- Pentecost took place 7 weeks after resurrection
We are told to love because we can love. It is NEW, because of Jesus. It is NEW because of grace.
- His Love for us
- Our Love for Him
- Our Love for others
John addresses the theme again in 1 John.
1 John 2:7-11 –  Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard.  At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.  Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.  Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.  But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. (ESV)
1 John 3:10 –  By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. (ESV)
1 John 3:14–15 –  We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.  Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (ESV)
1 John 4:7–21 –  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.  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.  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.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  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.  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.  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.  We love because he first loved us.  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.  And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. (ESV)
1 John 5:1–5 –  Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.  For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (ESV
His example for us – We can do it.
If He is asking us to do something and to follow His example, then therefore we have the power and means to do it.
Unconditionally – Rom 5:6-8 –  For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (ESV)
Sacrificially – 2 Cor. 5:17-21–  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;  that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (ESV)
Eternally – Romans 8:3-39 –  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)
The what now. (addressing our heart)
Matthew 22:36–40 –  “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (ESV)
LOVE IS A HEART ISSUE:
To love one another. We must love Him. To love Him is to love the things that He loves. So, if we love Him, the things that He loves, then we will love one another.
We are to love the power of the Gospel (Rom. 1:16)
- The greatest need of anyone/this World… is to hear from God. To hear the good news of the Gospel.
- Who He is. His holiness. His love, His justice, His wrath
- Who we are. Our need.
- Who Jesus is. Redemption, Forgiveness
- What it means. Our new life, our journey of faith. Sanctification.
We are to love the truth of His Word
- LOVE SOMEONE ENOUGH TO TELL THEM THE TRUTH
- Love and Truth. STAY AWAY FROM THE EXTREMES.
Ephesians 4:11–16 –  And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,  to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,  until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,  so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.  Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,  from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (ESV)
We are to love His church
- LOVE ONE ANOTHER… He was talking to the 11
- WHERE ARE THE ONE ANOTHER’S…IN THE CHURCH
- The body of Christ, the family, the household of God
We are to love one another
- Our family (home and church)
- What we say
- Our expectations (REMEMBER… the example of Jesus. Unconditionally, Sacrificially)
WHEN HE HAS OUR HEART… HE HAS OUR LIFE! RIGHT HEART EQUALS RIGHT BEHAVIOR. (RIGHT LOVE)