Jun. 14, 2020
A True Love
Primary Text: 1 John 2:15-17 June 13 & 14, 2020
1) The Commands of God -
* 1 John 2:3-6: We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
- DQ 1) What are the commands of God? What are their purposes?
- DQ 2) How does obedience to God’s commands differ from obedience to religious duties?
2) Not the World -
* 1 John 2:15: Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
* Matthew 22:37-40: Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
- DQ 3) Define “the world” as described in 1 John 2:15.
- DQ 4) Are 1 John 2:15 and Matthew 22:39 contradictory? If not, why?
- DQ 5) When does love for a person become love for the world
3) Love of the World -
* 1 John 2:16-17: For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
* Galatians 5:16-23: So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature…. The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
DQ 6) Define lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life.
DQ 7) Do you love the world more than you love God?