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What of Love?

October 23, 2011 Speaker: Reid S. Monaghan Series: Finding God in Our Questions

Topic: Topical Scripture: 1 John 4:13–4:21

Recap and Review

 

Introduction and Clues

An important question

Is ultimate reality personal or non personal?

Two feelings we have

Transcendence and Immanence

What of Love?

 

Love is God?

 

God is Love!

Old Testament 

Lamentations 3:22-24, Exodus 34:5-9

New Testament 

Romans 5:8, John 15:13, 1 John 4:7-12

 

The Spoils of Love's Sacrifice…

  • Propitiation
  • Redemption
  • Justification
  • Reconciliation

Community Meditation

Growing in knowledge

  • Discuss the huge significance and smallness of human beings. How does an materialist conception of the world minimize the importance of love?
  • Have you ever considered all the wonders that love’s war on sin has accomplished in Jesus Christ? Consider together the four theological truths that Jesus’s self-giving, self-sacrificing love accomplished for us.

Feeling life deeply

  • How do your disappointments in relationships (family, friends, lovers) point to our longing for perfect love?

Living with courage

  • Where do you need to forgive because of love? If God has forgiven us in Christ, how can we not do the same for others?
  • In what ways can you better love your friends, family, those who are outside of the faith etc. in more than just words.  Make a list of people in your life and think of practical action to love them with no strings attached.

 

More in Finding God in Our Questions

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The Enigma of Jesus

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October 16, 2011

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