August 4, 2013

Our Flow in Love

Speaker: Dean Macke Series: Our Flow is Gospel Topic: Exposition Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:9–4:12

What is brotherly love? (1 Thessalonians 4:9-11)

“Family-like” love


Practical love


Continually growing love


Why do we love?(1 Thessalonians 4:12)

To be independent


To create a desirable community


To be imitators of Christ


How does this become our flow?(1 Thessalonians 4:9)


Through God’s Teaching


Community Meditation Questions

Growing in Knowledge

  • How does Paul’s instruction on brotherly love relate to his exhortation in verse 1?
  • Read Jeremiah 31:33-34. How does this help you understand Paul’s teaching on love?

Feeling Life Deeply

  • What things keep you from loving the people around you, in your Missional Community, at Jacob’s Well, in the ”big C” Church as Paul instructs us to love them? Busyness? Selfishness? Avoiding difficulty?
  • Imagine and discuss what life in Central Jersey would be like if we were to live as Paul describes in verses 11-12.

Living with Courage

  • What are some ways you can be more loving to the people around you? Ask God to teach you how to become that person.
  • What steps can you take this week to depend more on the Holy Spirit? To love others? Why do we need change in the heart rather than simple changes in behavior?


other sermons in this series

Sep 8


Our Flow in Light of His Coming

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:13–28 Series: Our Flow is Gospel

Sep 1


Our Flow: Before God

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:16–22 Series: Our Flow is Gospel

Aug 25


Our Flow Together

Speaker: Reid S. Monaghan Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:12–5:15 Series: Our Flow is Gospel