Showing posts with label what is love. Show all posts
Showing posts with label what is love. Show all posts

02 May 2018

The Greatest Love

Theme: God is love

  • 1 John 4:7-19
  • Psalm 40
  • Ephesians 2:1-10
  • Romans 5:6-11
  • John 3:16-17

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: God’s very nature is love, and His actions demonstrate what love is like.
Think: View love for God and love for others as the guiding principles of my life.
Do: Follow God’s example of love and demonstrate love as a way to draw near to Him.

A1 Love
B1 Love is a choice, not an emotion.
B2 It is seen by its actions (private and public): 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a Love is very patient and kind; love is not envious; love doesn't brag about itself, is not haughty, Doesn't behave improperly, is not self-seeking; love isn't easily aggravated, doesn’t keep a list of wrongs, Doesn't rejoice in injustice, but rejoices with the truth, Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends
C1 Does these verses describe God’s love?
C2 How would you explain the difference between God’s love for believers, the love of spouses, parent’s love for their children, love to a neighbor, and love to an enemy?
C3 What is people’s greatest failure to understand what love is?
C4 Why do some people love their dog more than their wife (or husband)?
C5 Does God love everyone equally?
C6 Does God hate?
D1 Consider: Romans 9:13 Just as it is written, "Jacob, I have loved; Esau, I have hated."
E1 The context shows this to be nations.
E2 Esau, the person, never served Jacob, the person.
E3 The word hate is hate as in Luke 6:22 NKJV - Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man's sake.
D2 Consider: Amos 6:8 NKJV - The Lord GOD has sworn by Himself, The LORD God of hosts says: "I abhor the pride of Jacob, And hate his palaces; Therefore I will deliver up the city And all that is in it. Thus, there are reasons for God to hate something.
D3 Some things God hates
E1 Pride: Proverbs 8:13 (GNT) To honor the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil ways and false words.
E2 Sin: Revelation 21:8 NIV - But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
E3 Rebellion: Jude 1:11 NKJV - Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
E4 Unbelief: Mark 16:14 NLT - Still later he appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating together. He rebuked them for their stubborn unbelief because they refused to believe those who had seen him after he had been raised from the dead.
E5 Evil: Amos 5:15 NKJV - Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. It may be that the LORD God of hosts Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
E6 Six things: Proverbs 6:16-19 CSB - The LORD hates six things; in fact, seven are detestable to him: arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.
E7 If God hates these things, what are we to do?
D4 Some things we are to hate:
E1 Hate what is evil: Romans 12:9 (GNT) Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good.
E2 Three things to hate: 1 John 2:16 NKJV - For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world.
E3 These evil things: Matthew 15:19 CSB - For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, slander. This is why a new heart is needed, for the original one cannot be fixed. The heart is the deepest unconscious or conscious desire.
E4 Arrogant, narcisstic pastors: 3 John 1:9-10 CSB - I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have first place among them, does not receive our authority. This is why, if I come, I will remind him of the works he is doing, slandering us with malicious words. And he is not satisfied with that! He not only refuses to welcome fellow believers, but he even stops those who want to do so and expels them from the church. The Lord Jesus hates these things, too. How do we avoid Diotrephes type pastors? Have you ever met one?
E5 Our former life: 1 Peter 4:3 NKJV - For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles--when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.
F1 What does God think about our past?
F2 Does the former lifestyle lead us to heaven, forgiveness of sins, and fellowship with God?
F3 How can we hate these things?
E6 Name some others things we are to hate.
B3 Questions
C1 If God hates these things, what are we to love?
C2 If we see our brother or sister doing these things, how are we to love?
C3 If we see ourself doing these things, how are we to love?
A2 1 John 4:7-19,
B1 1 John was given to help us discern if we are Christians.
B2 What is the source of true love?
B3 How did God show (demonstrate His love)?
B4 How do Christians show true love to each other?
C1 our spouse?
C2 our children?
C3 …to our parents?
C4 our fellow Christians in the assembly?
B5 How does God’s love affect us and the judgment?
A3 Psalm 40,
B1 Of all the good things taught in this Psalm, we will ask a few questions about these verses: Psalm 40:6-11 NIV - Sacrifice and offering you did not desire-- but my ears you have opened-- burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, "Here I am, I have come-- it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart." I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, LORD, as you know. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly. Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD; may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
C1 You have opened my ears has the idea that we cannot understand God’s truth without God’s grace. If He doesn’t give us understanding (opening our ears), we will not understand. Sacrifice and offering is required according to Mosaic Law. The Psalmist understood that this is ineffective.
D1 1 Samuel 15:22 NIV - But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
D2 Jeremiah 7:22-23 NIV - For when I brought your ancestors out of Egypt and spoke to them, I did not just give them commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices, but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you.
D3 The obedience required today is to repent and believe the Gospel. Mark 1:14-15 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, Saying, "The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is near. Repent! Believe the gospel."
C2 I desire to do your will, my God. Your law is within my heart. Most consider this to be Messianic. The Lord Jesus said: John 4:34 NKJV - Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
B2 What are some things we learn from this?
A4 Ephesians 2:1-10,
B1 Why does God love?
B2 What is the difference between God’s love and human love?
B3 What does grace and mercy have to do with love?
A5 Romans 5:6-11,
B1 How does this verse help understand agape love: 1 John 3:18 - Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
B2 Why did the Lord Jesus die for His enemies?
C1 It is His character: 2 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV - Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. And, 1 John 4:8 NKJV - He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
C2 For fellowship. Note, God does not NEED to have fellowship, but He does want to: 1 John 1:3 NKJV - that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
C3 Because He is merciful: Nehemiah 9:17 NKJV - They refused to obey, And they were not mindful of Your wonders That You did among them. But they hardened their necks, And in their rebellion They appointed a leader To return to their bondage. But You are God, Ready to pardon, Gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, Abundant in kindness, And did not forsake them.
A6 John 3:16-17,
B1 How is giving up your only begotten son showing love?
B2 What is the Lord Jesus saying to Nicodemus?
C1 “I am the Son of God.”
C2 “If you believe in me, you will be forgiven and be reborn.”
C3 Our good works are not even mentioned, because they cannot save.
B3 Why was the Lord Jesus sent into the world?
B4 How can seeing God’s love help us to love others?
A7 Next week:
B1 Holy! Holy! Holy!
B2 Theme: God is holy.
B3 Scriptures:
  • Exodus 15:1-21
  • Revelation 4:8-11
  • 1 Samuel 2:1-3
  • Isaiah 5:13-25
  • Isaiah 6:1-6
  • Joshua 24:19-28
  • Ezekiel 39:1-24
  • Leviticus 19:1-4
  • Psalm 99
  • Proverbs 9:7-12
  • 1 Peter 1:14-21

13 December 2017

Love: The Greatest of All

Theme: The excellence of love

Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 13

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: Paul challenged the Corinthians to value love above all gifts, abilities, and virtues.
Think: Consider love for God and others to be the motivation for my attitudes and actions.
Do: Demonstrate love in my attitudes and actions toward God and others.

Notes and questions:
B1 What is love?

The Son of Man has come 
to seek and to save that 
which was lost (Luke 19:10).
B2 Brief review on the Hebrew and Greek words for love
C1 Hebrew has
D1 אָהֵב  âhab  אָהַב 'âhêb which is, according to Strong’s Lexicon:
E1 Human love for another, includes family, and sexual
E2 Human appetite for objects such as food, drink, sleep, wisdom
E3 Human love for or to God
E4 Act of being a friend
F1 Lover (participle)
F2 Friend (participle)
E5 God's love toward man
F1 To individual men
F2 To people Israel
F3 To righteousness
E6 Examples
F1 Genesis 22:2 NKJV  Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.
F2 Psalms 45:7 NKJV  You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.
F3 Isaiah 41:8 NKJV  But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend.
D2 אַהֲבָה 'ahăbâh This is love between humans and God’s love. Example: Deuteronomy 7:8 NKJV  But because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
D3 חָבַב châbab This is love is to cherish. Example: Deuteronomy 33:3 NKJV  Yes, He loves the people; All His saints are in Your hand; They sit down at Your feet; Everyone receives Your words.
D4 חָשַׁק châshaq This is love of one’s heart attached to another. Example: Deuteronomy 7:7 NKJV  The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples.
C2 There are 4 words in Greek
D1 ἀγαπάω agapaō which refers to love is a choice. It is the deepest love.
E1 John 3:16 NKJV  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
E2 Matthew 5:43-44 NRSV  You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'  (44)  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
E3 2 Timothy 4:10 NRSV  For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
D2 φιλέω phileō which refers to brotherly love, that is, the love of friends. It is a personal attachment to something (Strong’s Lexicon) and affection. Thus, it is possible to love your spouse as agapaō and phileō.
E1 John 5:20 NRSV  The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished.
E2 John 12:25 NRSV  Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
E3 1 Corinthians 16:22 NRSV  Let anyone be accursed who has no love for the Lord. Our Lord, come!
D3 ἔρως érōs is sexual, passionate, physical love, even infatuation. This word is not in the Bible.
D4 στέργω stergo which is to cherish. It is used in the negative use 2 times in the New Testament (ἄστοργος
E1 Romans 1:31 NKJV  Undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful. Another translation: Romans 1:31 GW  Don't have any sense, don't keep promises, and don't show love to their own families or mercy to others.
E2 2 Timothy 3:3 NKJV  Unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good. Another translation: 2 Timothy 3:3 GW  And lack normal affection for their families. They will refuse to make peace with anyone. They will be slanderous, lack self-control, be brutal, and have no love for what is good.
B3 1 Corinthians 13,
C1 Why is love greater than any of the spiritual gifts or offices?
C2 Having the gift of languages is a wonderful gift that most would admire. Why is love greater?
C3 Having the gift of prophecy and understanding all mysteries about God is something most would definitely crave. Why is love greater?
C4 Who has the faith to move mountains? Why is love greater?
C5 Surely, giving all a person has to help the poor, would be considered a great act of loving selflessness. Why is love greater?
C6 The dedication and loyalty to God by being burned to death would reap rich rewards. Why is love greater?
D1 Daniel 3:28 GW  Nebuchadnezzar said, Praise the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He sent his angel and saved his servants, who trusted him. They disobeyed the king and risked their lives so that they would not have to honor or worship any god except their own God.
D2 2 Corinthians 12:15 NKJV  And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.
C7 Where does love originate: the body, the soul, or the spirit of a human? Maybe 2 of the 3 or maybe all 3; what do you think?
C8 What does the phrase profits me nothing mean?
C9 How does love make the difference?
C10 Love show itself by
D1 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 NKJV Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.
D2 Positives:
E1 Why are these positive? What do they indicate?
E2 Suffers long (patient)
E3 Kind
E4 Rejoices in truth (happy with truth)
D3 Negatives:
E1 Why are these negative? What do they indicate?
E2 Not envy (jealous)
E3 Not parade itself (conceited, brag)
E4 Not puffed up (proud, arrogant)
E5 Not rude (ill-mannered, indecent)
E6 Not seek its own (selfish, self seeking, demand its own way)
E7 Not provoked (irritable, easily angered)
E8 Not thinking evil (no record of wrongs)
E9 Not rejoice in iniquity (unhappy with evil, not happy with injustice)
C11 1 Corinthians 13:8 NKJV  Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
D1 Love never fails. The word for fails here is ἐκπίπτω ekpiptō and means fall out, etc. with the idea of being powerless and of flowers that have their withered flower pedals fall off (James 1:11 and 1 Peter 1:24) or shackles falling off the wrists (Acts 12:7).
D2 The word for fail(s) and vanish away for prophecies and knowledge is καταργέω katargeō which means become inoperative, ineffective, done away with, annulled, etc.
D3 So love never falls down, becomes powerless, and it never ends its presence and work.
D4 The other things become inactive.
C12 1 Corinthians 13:9-10 NKJV  For we know in part and we prophesy in part.  10  But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
D1 The word perfect is the Greek word τέλειος teleios which means reached the goal, completed, perfect, etc. The idea is what was to be accomplished has been accomplished.
D2 Interpreters vary on the meaning. Some say it refers to the eternal age when Messiah reigns, some say it refers to when the Scriptures were completed, and some say it refers to when the church is completed (rapture). We do know that the miraculous faded by the time the Apostles were gone (~95 AD).
E1 Why didn’t Paul heal? Philippians 2:25-27 NRSV  Still, I think it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus—my brother and co-worker and fellow soldier, your messenger and minister to my need;  26  for he has been longing for all of you, and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.  27  He was indeed so ill that he nearly died. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, so that I would not have one sorrow after another. And Philippians 2:30 NKJV  Because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.
E2 The in part will become inactive, too, just like prophecy and knowledge.
C13 1 Corinthians 13:11-12 NKJV  When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  12  For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
D1 How does our thinking change as we mature?
D2 What does face to face mean?
D3 How will it be, and when will we know as we are known?
C14 1 Corinthians 13:13 NKJV  And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
D1 What is temporary? See 1 Corinthians 13:8.
D2 What is permanent?
D3 Why is love the greatest?
D4 What is the difference between faith and love?
E1 Faith is believing God.
E2 Hope is the expectation of fulfillment of what he promised.
E3 I have faith that Jesus will return, and I hope it is today.
D5 How do we grow, become more mature, in faith, hope, and love?
B4 Next week:
C1 Good news of great joy!
C2 The Greatest Gift
C3 Scriptures: Luke 2:1-21