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Heart To Heart

 

Sermon Text: 1 John 4:7-21 (NIV)

 7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

 13We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

 God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

 19We love because he first loved us. 20If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

I.       Introduction:

II.    Hearts Communicating In Love: Obvious Instead of Obscure (vv. 7-12)

A.    The Source of Love (vv. 7-8)

B.     The Pattern of Love (vv. 9-10)

C.     The Imitation of Love (vv. 11-12)

III. Hearts Connected In Love: Intimacy Instead of Isolation (vv. 13-16a)

A.    Intimacy Through The Witness of the Spirit of God (v. 13)

B.     Intimacy Through Faith In The Son of God ( vv. 14-15)

C.     Intimacy Through Knowledge Of the Love Of God (v. 16a)

IV. Hearts Confident In Love: Faith instead of Fear (vv. 16b-18)

A.    Residing In The Love Of God: Perfect Love Is Derived (v. 16b)

B.     Reassured In The Face Of Judgment: Perfect Love Is Confident (v. 17)

C.     Released From Fear of Punishment: Perfect Love Is Unafraid (v. 18)

V.    Hearts Commanded To Love: Honesty instead of Hypocrisy (vv. 19-21)

A.    The Love Of God Initiated (v. 19)

B.     The Love Of God Contradicted (v. 20)

C.     The Love Of God Demonstrated (v. 21)

VI. Conclusion:

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