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Lavishly Loved By God (3 of 6)
Series: Live Like Jesus
I John 3:1-9
Intro: In this "Live Like Jesus" series, 1 John leads us down the practical steps of what that actually means. In the first section of John's letter, he has recalled to the attention of the reader the importance of living in the light and attacked unethical behavior which is the result of wrong beliefs about Jesus. John now concentrates on the developing spiritual life of Jesus followers, or how to live like Jesus. In the first section, 1:1 - 2:29, John has established God is light, renounced sin, and called people to obey, reject worldliness, and keep the faith. Now he goes on to teach about authentic Christian living, focusing on God as father and us as His children. We will consider the incredible, amazing, and to most - foreign to the human heart - love of the Father. God's love is a spacious place, and we should know His love on an emotional level, not just an intellectual one.
I. THE LAVISH LOVE OF GOD
I John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
Message What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it-we're called children of God! That's who we really are. But that's also why the world doesn't recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he's up to.
NIV See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
A. CONSIDER THE LAVISH LOVE OF GOD
1. Behold: consider; this is a word that heightens the sense of enthusiasm. This word is used to describe something you can see, is actually visible
2. Behold: This is a short command to pay attention to the marvelous kind of love which God has bestowed on us.
B. WHAT MANNER OF LOVE IS THIS
1. "What manne ...
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