Tyler Woosley, Youth Minister
I John 4:7-21, New Living Translation
Loving One Another
7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. 13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. 14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 19 We love each other because he loved us first. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 21 And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.
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1. If God is love, it should completely ________________ the way we ____________ our lives.
2. The Greek word for love in this passage is ____________.
A. This is ________________ love.
II. What is "perfect love"?
1. The word for perfect can also be translated as "________________” or "____________________".
A. Perfect love is the ________ of ____________ in us.
III. Why should I love "perfectly"?
1. Because God ____________ ____________ us!
2. Perfect love ________ ________ fear.
A. An ____________ fear of God can keep us from loving perfectly.
i. ________________ fear is healthy, like a child before a father.
ii. ____________________ fear is unhealthy, like a prisoner before a judge.
IV. How do I love "perfectly"?
1. The only way to truly love perfectly is to embrace the spirit of ________________.
A. We are ________and ____________________ of the Creator of the universe!
V. How do I love perfectly? Live life in the _______________.
Luke 2:36-38, New Living Translation
36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 37 and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
I. She worked at ___________________ her faith. (vs. 37)
A. Three spiritual disciplines—worshipping, fasting, ________________.
B. Models of ________________ in the New Testament -
C. Three things are needed to develop our ____________ as Anna did:
II. She worked at ________________ her faith. (vs. 38)
A. The simple description of sharing the Gospel. (Acts 5:42)
Acts 16:1-5, New Living Translation
Paul’s Second Missionary Journey
Paul went first to Derbe and then to Lystra, where there was a young disciple named Timothy. His mother was a Jewish believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 Timothy was well thought of by the believers* in Lystra and Iconium, 3 so Paul wanted him to join them on their journey. In deference to the Jews of the area, he arranged for Timothy to be circumcised before they left, for everyone knew that his father was a Greek. 4 Then they went from town to town, instructing the believers to follow the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day.
“Timothy: Companion to Paul”
I. Paul’s assistant. (Acts 16:1-5)
II. Paul’s messenger. (Philippians 2:19-20)
A. Two special qualities of Timothy.
1. Eminently ____________________. (II Timothy 3:15)
2. His ____________________. (vs. 20)
B. Motives of other Christians at Rome. (Philippians 2:21)
1. More concerned with ______________ instead of __________.
2. More concerned with the ________ way instead of ___________ way.
III. Paul’s colleague. (I Timothy 1:1-3)
A. ________________ - deliverer. (God)
B. ________ - certainty; confidence. (Jesus)
C. ________ - God’s attitude toward the distressed.
IV. Paul’s special friend. (II Timothy 1:3-5)
A. ________ - not things, but people. (vs. 4)
B. Timothy’s legacy of ____________. (vs. 5)