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The Living Word: Love, Love, Like

Love, Love, Like


As we wrap up our second time through John, take note of the DENSITY: chapters 13-21 only cover 3 days! Jesus had a LOT to say during that time, and the Gospels don’t record everything (cf. 20:30). But what was recorded was for our benefit, that we might believe. As we read this last chapter…

How Can This Conversation Help Us?

* Jesus Really Shows Up ~ John 21:1-14

  • 1/3 Jesus appears again: He’d only done so twice in John 20:19-29; here’s the setup: they go fishing
  • 4/8 Jesus shows up, and John understands it’s Him before Peter (again); Peter can’t wait to get to shore!
  • 9/14 Jesus makes breakfast: a simple PHYSICAL thing; He’s not a ghost or hallucination

* Jesus Restores Us ~ John 21:15-19

  • 15 “agape Me more than these?” (deal with boasting in Mat.26:33 – even if everyone else falls away, **I** never will); Pete’s answer: humbly: I feel the love; Jesus response: simply feed my lambs
  • 16 “agape Me?”; Pete’s same answer: I feel love for you (he isn’t using agape like Jesus, but phileo- more about affection); Jesus’ response: SHEPHERD My SHEEP (not just once but ongoing)
  • 17 “DO you feel love for Me?” Pete hurts because this must remind him of the three denials, “You know everything! You KNOW I feel it”; Jesus said-simply feed My lambs
  • 18/19 John tells us that Peter DID follow, DID shepherd like Jesus, and ended up dying like Him as well; Peter was RESTORED

It’s NORMAL to feel like we’ve let Jesus down sometimes (because WE DO!) But Jesus **knows** that – and restores us anyway as we return to Him.

The Living Word: Hate Vs. Love

Hate Vs. Love

John 15:18-27

“Haters want to be feared and heard,” says Brian Britt, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Tech University who studies the evolution of hate. “Their use of outrageous behaviors is designed strategically to get attention. They violate norms of ‘niceness’ and civil behavior in order to make a point.”

What’s the point of the hate we’re seeing demonstrated lately? Is it really hatred, or something else?

Testing the Terrain: Hate or Love?

* Hate Has A Home: the World ~ John 15:18-19

  • 18 Ever feel like the world is against you? You’re not alone!
  • 19 Part of the reason we struggle is that we’re swimming against the flow. WHICH WAY ARE YOU GOING?

* Hate Has A Method: Against Christ ~ John 15:20-23

  • 20 we’re “little Christs” – and THAT is offensive to the world
  • 21 it’s not about us; it’s about fighting against God
  • 22 people can “call” themselves Christians… but not actually follow the Way of Jesus
  • 23 make no mistake: it’s not indifference, or apathy: it’s hate – direct opposition to the best God offers; WHO DO YOU ACTUALLY FOLLOW?

* Hate Has A Problem: Its Position ~ John 15:24-25

  • 24 vs 22 about those who won’t LISTEN; some are worse: they won’t even SEE the difference God makes
  • 25 cf Ps 35: originally the words of David: he had enemies because of his position, not his actions. Same with Jesus… and same with US. WHERE DO YOU STAND?

* Love Has An Answer: Tell The Truth ~ John 15:26-27

  • 26 counselor=”paraklete”, advocate; the Son sends the Spirit from the Father to tell the truth about the Son
  • 27 We are to do what the Spirit does; to tell the truth about Jesus. WHO ARE YOU TELLING THE TRUTH?

Want to love? Be truth-filled. Want to be loved? Come out of the world!

Autumn Thoughts: The New Law of Love

The New Law of Love

John 13:21-38

No treachery is worse than betrayal by a family member or friend. Julius Caesar knew such treachery. Among the conspirators who assassinated the Roman leader on March 15, 44 B. C. was Marcus Junius Brutus. Caesar not only trusted Brutus, he had favored him as a son. According to Roman historians, Caesar first resisted the onslaught of the assassins. But when he saw Brutus among them with his dagger drawn, Caesar ceased to struggle and, pulling the top part of his robe over his face, asked the famous question, “You too, Brutus?”

Today in the Word, August 13, 1992

Every Christian Chooses Between

* The Loss of Betrayal ~ John 13:21-30

  • 21/22 could be anyone; could we? DO WE?
  • 23/25 notice the encouragement in the midst of confusion: “ask Him!” WHO DO YOU NEED TO ENCOURAGE? “are you struggling? Ask Jesus”
  • 26 giving bread like this was a “mark of courtesy and esteem”; reminder-Jesus LOVES Judas; Jesus knows how badly we can mess up AND LOVES US ANYWAY. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT FOR YOURSELF? FOR OTHERS?
  • 27/30 At some point, Judas’ flirtation with betrayal grows into full-on possession by Satan. ARE YOU FLIRTING WITH BETRAYAL?

* And The Law to Be Loving ~ John 13:31-38

  • 31/32 “is glorified” = a future event as if already completed; 5 times Jesus reminds us that He WAS/IS/WILL BE glorified; the Cross isn’t a shame, it’s His FAME
  • 33 does this FOR us, NOT WITH US; If we’re trying to sacrifice something in our lives to impress God, it won’t work
  • 34 “new” = FRESH; loving isn’t new; COMMANDING it is
  • 35 AS we love, we witness to the world that we belong to Jesus; WHO DON’T YOU LOVE? WHY?
  • 36/38 Peter’s excitement overshadows his patience; Jesus knows Peter’s end state (“you will follow later”) even though he’s going to pass through a time of faithlessness

You might be feeling that you’re facing a time of faithlessness; worse, you might not be feeling it at all! Nevertheless – Jesus has faith in YOU – Are you returning that faith in Him?

Whatever Is Lovely

Whatever Is Pure Sermon Audio Here
the Whatevers of Philippians 4:8
John 5:19-24

  • I love my kids
  • I love my wife
  • I love my friends
  • I love waterslides
  • I love Star Trek
  • I love my dog
  • I love my neighbor
  • I love helping a lost person get their bearings
  • I love God
  • I love in tennis

Same word – very different meanings!

When We Think About Love…

What Kind Of Love Do We Mean?

Who Do We Watch To Learn Love?
The Father phileo / affectionately loves the Son

Refer to last week’s sermon, where country song “Watching You” was mentioned:

What Prompts Us To Love?
What draws us “towards love”? What makes you “get set”?

How do we do this? Just like putting on your clothes in the morning: Stop, Think, Choose, Live In

Pastor Ed Backell

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