Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 12th June 2016
Quarter Theme: Living with Eternity in View
Topic: Living in Love
Texts: 1 Jn 3:11-18; 4:7-21
Memory Verse: 1 Jn 3:18 – “Dear Children, let us not love with words and tongue but with actions and in truth”. (NIV)
Love as widely and commonly used in human history never fails to resonate with the human heart. The call to live in love is a call to live and dwell in God, for God is love (1 John 4:8, 16). Which is the natural habitation of the new man made in Christ Jesus.
We cannot truly define or find true love outside God. Love is the vehicle through which the essence of God reaches humanity. “For God so loved the world, that he gave…” this ultimately is the springboard of divine initiative towards our redemption (John 3:16). Love is the bridge, the melting point or cross-way where divinity and humanity unites.
When we look at Christ, his passion and the cross; his humanity, we do not see judgment and condemnation, rather we see the triumph of love.
The call to live in love is an age long call, a call which in the words of Apostle John in 1 John 3:4, is as old as the beginning. We are called to live in love not as strangers to his love but as men/women who had already received and shared in his love.
Living in love is a two face coin:
1. Love for God and
2. Love for one another.
We cannot love men if we do not first love God. And we cannot love Him if we have not first experienced and received His love (Jn 13:34-35, 1 Jn 4:10). A man who has not been loved cannot love another. After all in our own words, “No one can give what he does not have.” Have you received the love of Christ?
Love is the emblem of Christianity (Jn 13:35: by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another). We are to love, not as we dim fit or consider each person deserving, but as Christ loves us. A love that is equal, not partial and not biased or waving. Therefore the barometer for measuring the love I should shower on my brother/sister is Christ’s love (Christo-Love gauge).
C.S Lewis said, “God can show Himself as He is only to … man (and woman) who are united together in a body, loving one another, helping one another, showing Him to one another.”
What is the evidence of love for both man and God? Action! In the words of a friend, “If you love, show.”
1. Identify and discuss from the following scriptures, the basis and foundation for brotherly love? Read 1 Jn 3:16; 4:10-11; Jn 15:12.
2. a. What are the practical ways we can demonstrate brotherly love to one another? 1 Jn 3:11-12,16-18; Jn 15:13; Acts 2:41-47; 4: 32-37;
b. Are there limit to how far I can go in demonstrating brotherly love?
c. List and discuss practical challenges in showing love in the church (VFC and body of Christ) and to the world in our generation; and how we are to overcome them in the light of the scriptures.
3. what are the implications and significance of : (a) loving one another and (b) not loving one another ( Read 1 Jn 2:9-11; 3:14; 4;7-8,16-18; Jn 13: 34-35)