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Love Made Manifest

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Love Made Manifest

Text: 1 John 4:7-12 (NIV)

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

I.       Introduction:

II.    Love Finds Its Beginning In God: The Initiation Of Love (vv. 9-10)

A.    Love Is Initiated Through God’s Son

1.      Jesus Sent By God

2.      Jesus Sent Into The World

3.      Jesus Sent To Give Life

B.     Love Is Initiated For The Sinner’s Sake

1.      A Love That Starts With God

2.      A Love That Addresses The Sinner

III. Love Verifies A Relationship With God: The Imitation Of Love (vv. 7-8)

A.    Love Is Derived From God

B.     Love Confirms A Relationship With God

C.     Love Distinguishes From Those Who Know Not God

IV. Love Reveals The Image Of God: The Illustration Of Love (vv. 11-12)

A.    When God’s Love Is Reproduced Through Us

B.     When God’s Life Is Revealed In Us

C.     When God’s Love Is Perfected In Us

V.    Conclusion:

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