Brandon Barnard message “LOVE AS YOU HAVE BEEN LOVED” at Fellowship Bible Church on 4-12-15

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On 4-12-15 Brandon Barnard a teaching pastor at Fellowship Bible Church of Little Rock spoke on the subject “LOVE AS YOU HAVE BEEN LOVED.”

As the cross approaches, Jesus reminds his disciples why his death is necessary how his love for them and in them can be a powerful witness to the world around them. See the new commandment Jesus gives and how we can live that out in our everyday context.  John 13:31-38 English Standard Version (ESV)

A New Commandment

31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you,that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial

36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him,“Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.”37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.

1. God’s plan always brings glory to himself.

2. Jesus loves his disciples.

3. Jesus gives us a model for how to love.  (The power loving others is in understanding how Jesus loves us.)

Leviticus 19:18English Standard Version (ESV)

18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

Mark 12:29-31English Standard Version (ESV)

29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God,the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

1 John 4:12English Standard Version (ESV)

12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

4. Jesus tells us the power of love. (The world should recognize us by our love for one another.)

Yet, without true Christians loving one another, Christ says the world cannot be expected to listen, even when we give proper answers. Let us be careful, indeed, to spend a lifetime studying to give honest answers. For years the orthodox, evangelical church has done this very poorly. So it is well to spend time learning to answer the questions of men who are about us. But after we have done our best to communicate to a lost world, still we must never forget that the final apologetic which Jesus gives is the observable love of true Christians for true Christians.” Francis Schaffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster, pgs. 164-165

Francis Schaeffer founder of the L’Abri Fellowship said:

“A loving community is the visible authentication of the Gospel. Love is the final apologetic”

Tertullian in the second century reported the comments of pagans in his day:

“Behold, how these Christians love one another! How they are ready to die for each other!”

Their mutual love, Bruce Milne, the BST Bible Commentator wrote ”was the magnet which drew pagan multitudes to Christ. It has the potential to do so still.”

Philippians 2:1-7English Standard Version (ESV)

Christ’s Example of Humility

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, anyparticipation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men.

John 15:9-12English Standard Version (ESV)

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

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