What Is Love? We Are Love
In a world of tolerance, to talk about sin and that Jesus is the only way is usually seen as unloving. Yet this book shows us that the most loving thing to do is bring people into the light through the gospel message.
Dr. Aaron Wheeler helps us look at 1 John and our examine our identities.
These questions are meant to challenge you help you further explore the message.
In the sermon we talked about how identity comes from the cycle of who we are and what we do. Talk about some of the labels that are a part of your identity, such as being a student, employee, parent, child, athlete, etc. Then talk about how your choices can either cause that identity to be strengthened or weakened. For example, a student (BE) is supposed to complete homework assignments (DO). What will happen to that student if they choose not to?
We also talked about how identity can come from inside (how we think about ourselves) or outside (what others think about us). Which one do you think is a stronger source of identity in your life? How is the third option, letting God tell us who we are, so different? What does God say that we are? See 1 John 3:1.
If we know we are sons and daughters of God, how then should we act? What do children of God do? How would these actions change how we think about ourselves?
We also looked at one of Jesus’s stories about a father and his two sons. See Luke 15:11-32. We compared how the younger brother and the older brother reacted differently to the father’s love. If you’re honest, which son is more like you?
SERIES READING PLAN
July 7 This Is Love 1 John 1:1-2:2
July 14 This Isn’t Love 1 John 2:3-27
July 21 We Are Love 1 John 2:28-3:10
July 28 Sacrifice Is Love 1 John 3:11-24
August 4 God Is Love 1 John 4:1-5:4
August 11 Truth Is Love 1 John 5:5-21