This sermon is part of the sermon series "Living Deep". See series.
I want to know what love is.
Sooner or later, it had to come around to love. For six weeks now, we have been considering tests of true faith—the marks of a real Christian. John has written at length about the ethical test (how we live) and the doctrinal test (what we believe). But if you know anything about John, you know that sooner or later it had to come around to the relational test: who, and how, do you love?
After all, it was John who quoted Jesus as saying, "By this will all people know you are my disciples, that you love one another." It's John who's been described as "the apostle of love." In fact, an ancient tradition says that when John was an old man, the elders in Ephesus would carry him into the assembly and sit him down to teach. When they did, John would simply say, "Dear children, let us love one another."
So it's no surprise that we're talking about love this morning. I'm sure we'd all agree that love is essential to "living deep" as a Christian. But this week's letter writer has raised some interesting questions. Yu-Fen is not a Christ-follower, but she's intrigued by Jesus and Christianity, and in particular by the emphasis on love. But she has some questions: What is this love? Why is it so important? What does it look like to live a life of love? And does she dare embrace such a life?
These are questions that any one of us might be asking this morning, whatever our cultural background, whether we are Christ-followers or not. So let's dig into John's letter and see what we have to learn about love. We're going to begin in 1 John 2:9-11.
There are schisms in the church.
We pointed out early in the series that John structures his letter in a unique way. It's not in a linear, outline format with sub-points ...
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