God is Love - 1 John 4:7-21

GOD IS LOVE

 

1 John 4:7-21

 

I.  GOD’S EXAMPLE OF LOVE (vs. 7-11)

 

a.      Why does John say we ought to love one another? _________________   

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b.      Why do some people not love? ________________________________

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c.      How did God model love for us and how are we to follow that example?

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d.      Is John’s wording in verse 11 indicating he is uncertain whether or not  

God really loves us… how do you know? ___________________________

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II.    LOVE REVEALS RELATIONSHIP (vs. 12-16)

 

a.      How does John say we can see the invisible God? __________________

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b.      What has God given us to guarantee His salvation? _________________

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c.      John bears personal witness for Christ in verse 14.  Why should this also be a source of encouragement for the rest of us? _____________________________

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d.      Verse 16 declares that God’s very nature is love.  Therefore, abiding in love has what additional benefit? _______________________________ __________________________________________________________

 

III. PERFECT LOVE (vs. 17-21)

*Perfect=(Gr) Teleios – complete: labor, growth, mental and moral character.  Of full age

a. What does John mean in verse 17, that “as He is, so are we in this   world.”?  ______________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________ b. How does “perfect love” cast out fear? ____________________________

_____________________________________________________________  c. If we love God what MUST we do? _______________________________

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IV. Application:  In a day when trust is so rare, what encouragement can we take from this passage that offers confidence before others and before God? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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