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What Is Real Love? (5 of 22)
Series: What's Real And What's Not (I John)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
I John 2:7-11
INTRO: SERIES: What's Real and What's Not!
(A) John ... the disciple who could say "Been there - done that"!
1- The ministry of Jesus ... the miracles of Jesus ... the cross ... the resurrection ... the birth of the church ... the spreading out of the church over the known world ... the writing of God's Word ... John was there!
2- The future ... the coming of the Antichrist ... the one world government ... the return of Jesus ... the millennium ... the great white throne judgment ... the New Jerusalem and heaven .. John was there. He'd been there and done that!
* Some 60 or more years after the crucifixion ... living in Ephesus as an old man ... John writes the final books of God's Word!
* Who is better qualified to tell us "What's Real and What's Not"!
- Story told about John ... later years ... living in Ephesus ...nearly 100 years old! ... Just before he passed away.
-Bring John into the worship service every Sunday ... seated in his chair ... put him in front of the congregation ...
-He would raise his trembling hand and say: "Little children, love one another." Then, his strength spent, they took him back to his house.
(B) Exposure to Jesus ... softened John ... originally John and his brother James were nicknamed "sons of thunder", but John later is called "the disciple whom Jesus loved."
1- One of John's favorite names for his readers - "Beloved."
2- John ... softened by the touch of Jesus on his life ... came to understand real love!
3- Real love - one of the primary themes of John's letter ... John - qualified by the Holy Spirit to tell us about real love!
(C) We just don't see much real love in our society.
1- People ... sharp, rude, even cruel to one another in the world.
2- One of the distinctions that we should have as Christians -- is the love that we share!
* Jesus said.. "By this s ...
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