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Summary: What does it mean to 'BE THE CHURCH?"

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LOVING OTHERS

1 John 3:14-20

If you knew that Jesus was coming back tomorrow, what would you do different? Would you change how you live? If so what? Is there someone that you would repay? What would you do? This was asked to a Clear Creek class. One student said that he would immediately go home and witness to his lost friend. Another said that he would make amends with someone that he had had a falling out with. And one said that he would pay a debt that he owed. This sort of conversation continued. Finally one student was asked what he would do. His response has help establish the way I live. Here is what he said, “I wouldn’t do anything differently. This is where Jesus wants me. This is what He has required me to do. I want to be found faithful!” Are you doing what Jesus has asked you to do? What if He returned today? Would you be found faithful?

Another response is similar. A pastor friend took his wife’s grandmother to a Broadway play. It was very well performed. At the end he asked the grandmother how she liked it. He was expecting a positive response. She tried to be respectful. She said, “Well, it was alright.” His response was, “Alright. What was wrong with it?” The grandmother replied, “Well you see, I didn’t mind the play. But all I could think about was is this where I want to be when Jesus returns.” She went on to say, “I want to be found faithfully praying or sharing the love of Christ to others.”

WOW-

What is it in your life that you are doing that Christ has not asked you to do? What should you be doing? How do you want to be found when He returns? What do you want to be doing when He returns?

14We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.

16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 19This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 20whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 1 Jn 3

PRAY

How can I love my others? ASK YOURSELF:

1ST- AM I GOOD SOIL? DON’T ASSUME THAT YOU ARE GOOD SOIL.

14We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.

Understand, we all have people that we don’t like, or may not get along with; this is not who this passage is talking about. We all have personality conflicts! This passage is referring to that person that you would like to never see again. You hate! If you have hate, don’t assume that you are good ground. Listen to this parable.


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