What Does God Have in Mind? Lives of Love.

We are continuing on in the series, "Church: Why Bother?" This week we'll be looking at the book of 1 John and seeing how God has equipped His church to love each other and the world around it by work of Christ and the enabling of the Holy Spirit. This will be a fantastic look into what God has to tell us about love for one another. We really look forward to you joining us.

This week's passage is from the First Epistle of John, which was a letter written originally to the early church, which was suffering from so much confusion that it threatened to rip it apart:

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
— 1 John 4:7-12; 16-21 (ESV)