The Power of Love - 1 John 4:7-21

Sermon Study Notes

Getting started

  • What did the sermon make you think about?
  • How did the sermon make you feel?
  • Has God prompted anything in you as a result of the sermon?
  • Was there anything you disagreed with?

Look at the text

Read 1 John 4: 7 – 21

  • Verse 8 says that God is love. What does this mean?
  • How does this differ from other religions?
  • How could we help our non-Christian friends understand this?
  • Where does our motivation for love come from? (Hint: look at v19)
  • The end of verse 12 says, “God’s love is made complete in us”. What is the implication in this verse for us?
  • How would your life be different if you were free from judgement?
  • These verses assure us that God loves us. What are we commanded to do in response? (Hint: look at v19 – 21)
  • How do we go about loving each other? (Hint: there are many practical ways in which we can love each other, but also look at 1 John 5:2)

Getting practical

In his sermon, Mark spoke about God meeting our deepest need – to deal with all the ‘garbage’, all the 'sin', that separates us from Him so we can be reconnected with Him as his adopted children. (Listen again from 14:00 – 20:00 if you need a refresher.) He used his mobile phone to illustrate this point and explain how Jesus took away this garbage, leaving nothing to separate us from God and his love. In your group, ask two or three people to have a go and explain this same point. Copy Mark’s illustration and speak as if you were speaking to someone who does not know anything about Christianity.

Moving forward

  • What is one thing you are going to do differently this week as a result of this study?