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    God is Love!

    God is Love!

    Dennis R Wiles
    FBC Arlington
    October 18, 2020
    FALL 2020
    SEPTEMBER 6 – OCTOBER 31, 2020

    The Love of God: A Study of 1 John

    God is Love!
    1 John 4:7-21

    REGATHERING AND RENEWING
    What our world needs now is . . . Love!

    Today, it is love alone that is widely assumed to be what life is all about; our source of meaning and that which gives our lives purpose, joy and hope even in the face of stresses such as financial, political and job insecurity, terrorism, family breakdown as well as being faced with our own mortality through illness and bereavement . . . love is the new god of our age: it is now the West’s only generally accepted religion. The Bible’s claim that “God is love” has been subverted to become “Love is God.”
    -Patrick Mitchel, The Message of Love

    God is Love!

    1 John 4:7-21
    Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

    GOD IS LOVE!

    The claim that God is love is the radical claim of Christianity. It is radical not simply in the sense of being a shocking or explosive claim, but in the sense of lying at the root (Latin radix) of the Christian faith. In some sense, the entirety of things that Christians believe flows from this claim. It is a belief that distinguished Christianity from much ancient imagining of the divine, whether in the mythological form of tales of the gods or the philosophical form of reflection on the source of universal order . . . we find nothing quite as audacious as the claim that God is love.
    - Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt, The Love That is God

    GOD’S LOVE IS PERSONAL!

    GOD’S LOVE IS PURPOSEFUL!

    GOD’S LOVE IS PERFECT!

    There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

    Love One Another!

    Love One Another!

    Dennis R Wiles
    FBC Arlington
    October 11, 2020
    FALL 2020
    SEPTEMBER 6 – OCTOBER 31, 2020

    The Love of God: A Study of 1 John

    Love One Another!

    1 John 3:11-24

    REGATHERING AND RENEWING

    What our world needs now is . . . Love!

    For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

    SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND HATE!

    I John 3:12-15
    Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
    There is no room for hate in the church!

    “CHRISTIAN” IS A NOUN!

    “LOVE” IS A VERB!

    1 John 3:16-18
    This 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 and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

    Jesus is our Example!

    Put love into action

    LOVE STARTS IN THE HEART!

    1 John 3:19-24This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

    Not just information, but transformation!

    Children of God

    Children of God

    Dennis R Wiles
    FBC Arlington
    October 4, 2020
    FALL 2020
    SEPTEMBER 6 – OCTOBER 31, 2020
    The Love of God: A Study of 1 John

    Children of God
    1 John 2:28-3:10

    REGATHERING AND RENEWING

    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. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

    ACCEPTING OUR IDENTITY!
    God’s love has been lavished on us!
    God is our Father and we are His Children!

    We are not congealed stardust, an accidental byproduct of cosmic chemistry. We are not just something, we are someone.
    -George Weigel

    You sum up the whole of New Testament teaching in a single phrase, if you speak of it as a revelation of the Fatherhood of the holy Creator. In the same way, you sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one's holy Father. . . If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God's child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.
    -J.I. Packer, Knowing God

    ANTICIPATING OUR DESTINY!

    Our future is certain: Jesus will be revealed (phaneroó) at His arrival (Parousia) – and we will be transformed!

    ANSWERING GOD’S CALL TO PURITY!

    We should strive for purity and perhaps His return won’t be such a shock to our system!

    YOU ARE GOD’S CHILD! LIVE LIKE IT!

    Fall Bible Study: We Walk in God’s Light and Love

    Fall Bible Study: We Walk in God’s Light and Love

    Dennis R. Wiles
    FBC Arlington
    God is Light and God is Love
    An analysis of 1 John
    Fall Bible Study
    September 2020

    SESSION 4: We Walk in God’s Light and Love

    God’s children overcome the world through love and obedience.
    (1 John 5:3-5; 18-20)
    In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

    We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

    Water and Blood – What???
    (1 John 5:6-10)
    This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.


    Eternal Life is only available to us through Jesus Christ!
    (1 John 5:11-13)
    And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
    I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
    Sin unto death – What???
    (1 John 5:16-17)
    If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.
    God is Love and God is Light. His children walk in His love and His life!

    Loving God in the Everyday

    Loving God in the Everyday

    Dennis R Wiles
    FBC Arlington
    September 27, 2020
    FALL 2020
    SEPTEMBER 6 – OCTOBER 31, 2020
    The Love of God: A Study of 1 John

    Loving God in the Everyday
    1 John 2:15-17

    RE-GATHERING . . . and . . . RENEWING!

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    1 John 2:15-17
    Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

    Do not love the world!

    Kosmos – the world:
    -God’s creation, the material universe
    -the sinful forces of the world that stand in opposition against God

    We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
    -1 John 5:19

    I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
    -John 12:46

    There's more that rises in the morning
    Than the sun
    And more that shines in the night
    Than just the moon
    It's more than just this fire here
    That keeps me warm
    In a shelter that is larger
    Than this room

    And there's a loyalty that's deeper
    Than mere sentiments
    And a music higher than the songs
    That I can sing
    The stuff of Earth competes
    For the allegiance
    I owe only to the Giver
    Of all good things

    So if I stand let me stand on the promise
    That you will pull me through
    And if I can't let me fall on the grace
    That first brought me to You
    And if I sing let me sing for the joy
    That has born in me these songs
    And if I weep let it be as a man
    Who is longing for his home
    -If I stand – Rich Mullins

    The battle is in the everyday!

    Choose to love God in the everyday of your life!

    SESSION 3: God is Love

    SESSION 3: God is Love

    Dennis R. Wiles
    FBC Arlington
    God is Light and God is Love
    An analysis of 1 John
    Fall Bible Study September 2020
    SESSION 3:God is Love

    GOD IS LIGHT (1 John 1:1-3:10)

    GOD IS LOVE (1 John 3:11-5:21)

    You are Children of God – Live Like It! (1 John 2:28-3:10)

    Be confident in your position!
    Maintain purity as God’s children.
    Demonstrate the family resemblance!

    GOD IS LOVE

    Raising Cain! (1 John 3:11-15)

    Jesus is our Example! (1 John 3:16-18)

    True transformation in Christ (1 John 3:19-24)

    Discernment (1 John 4:1-6)

    Love begins with God! (1 John 4:7-12)

    The fruit of love (1 John 4:13-18)

    Love one another! (1 John 4:19-21)

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