Sermon on Sunday October 28, 2012 by Pastor Thomas Tate
SO THIS IS LOVE
WHAT IS A DISCIPLE?
- And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
- Disciples (Mathētēs)- Generally speaking, however, the term Mathētai, disciple, denoted just the followers of Christ, the Messiah. Deriv.: manthanō, to learn by putting what one learns into experience.
– Greek/Hebrew Lexicon
A DISCIPLE IS AN IMITATOR OF GOD
- Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
DO WHAT JESUS DID INSTEAD OF ARGUING ABOUT WHAT HE SAID
- And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
GOD IS LOVE
- Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.
– GOD’S LOVE LIVES IN DISCIPLES
- By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
LOVE TAKES ACTION NOT JUST INTELLECTUAL AGREEMENT
- “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ “And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. “The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go. “Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. “For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.
DISCIPLES ARE FILLED WITH LOVE MORE THAN KNOWLEDGE
- so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
JOIN ME AND COME BACK TO LOVE
- ‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. ‘But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. ‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.
SO THIS IS LOVE
- If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
- Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
- Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away…
- But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Sermon-based Bible Studay Questions
1. What is a Christian? What is a disciple? Which do you call yourself and why? What did Jesus say to make in Matthew 28:18-20?
2. Christian and disciple are both good names but what does that look like in Ephesians 5:1-2?
3. Read 1 John 4:7-14. How can we tell who is a Christian/disciple, is it the depth of their knowledge of scripture or the depth of their love? Why do we put so much emphasis on knowledge over love?
4. Read Matthew 22:35-40. What was the lawyer/scribe trying to do when he asked Jesus about scripture? What was Jesus response? Why do so many Christians/disciples spend so much time arguing with each other and dividing over scripture and far less time loving people in the church and outside the church?
5. Read Ephesians 3:17-19. What are we to be grounded in? What is greater than knowledge? What causes us to be filled to the fullness of God (God is love)? Discuss how we would live differently if we loved more? What if we sought His word less for information and theological debates and more to become more loving, what would change in churches and us?
6. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 is a great challenge to each of us to examine our real motives behind our thoughts, words and deeds. Share a time when you did something with wrong motives, even if it looked good on the service.
7. Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-13. Discuss the attributes of love. Why is love the greatest?