Summary: Jesus gave His life for us; we should do the same for our brothers.
Love in Action
October 21, 2007 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: Jesus gave His life for us; we should do the same for our brothers.
Focus Passage: I John 3:16-18
Supplemental Passage: Php 2:5-8 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
“But if anyone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions.” (17-18 in The New Living Translation)
I. Example given
a. John 3:16 – Jesus gave His life for us
b. He left His comfort zone to be with us (Philippians 2:5-8)
c. Worldly things did not distract Him from His mission – Tempted by Satan; did not give in.
II. Exhortation specified
a. We ought to lay down our lives for the brethren
b. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friend. John 15:13
III. Expectation indicated – Lay down your life with your:
a. Ears - Listen
b. Mouth- Speak the truth
c. Hands – Serve
d. Feet – Go the extra mile, above and beyond what is expected of us.