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					    C. The __________________ of Love (V. 10). 10 This is love:           RISING STAR MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an                    2800 E. 36th Street
atoning sacrifice for our sins.
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       1. Our ___________________ toward God (V. 10a).
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       2. His ____________________ for Us (V. 10b).                                        January 29, 2012
Propitiation – The word means ―appeasement‖ or ―satisfaction.‖ The
sacrifice of Jesus on the cross satisfied the demands of God’s holiness            What’s Love Got To Do With It?
for the punishment of sin (cf. Rom. 1:18; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 2:3). (The
                                                                                           1 John 4:7-12
MacArthur Study Bible, Page 1965)

   D. The _____________ of Love (V. 11). 11 Dear friends, since
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God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
According to a July 2002 Centers for Disease Control report,
―Compared with unmarried people, married men and women tend to
have lower mortality, less risky behavior, more monitoring of health,
more compliance with medical regiments, higher sexual frequency,
more satisfaction with their sexual lives, more savings, and higher
wages.‖ (Crisis in the Village, Robert M. Franklin, Page 71)
Both adults and children are better off living in communities where
more children are raised by their own two married parents. Both
adults and children live longer, have higher rates of physical health
and lower rates of mental illness, experience poverty, crime and
domestic abuse less often, and have warmer relationships on average,
when parents get and stay married. (Ibid., Page 79)

    E. The _________________ of Love (V. 12). 12 No one has
ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love
is made complete in us. (NIV)

No one has ever seen God. Since our love has its source in God’s
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love, his love reaches full expression (is made complete) when we
love fellow Christians. Thus the God whom ―no one has ever seen‖ is         Motto: One Mind, One Heartbeat, and One Direction
seen in those who love, because God lives in them. (The NIV Study
Bible, Page 1949)
                                                                                           Rev. Amos L. Lewis
IV THE CLOSE – What love got to do with it? Love has everything                              Senior Pastor
to do with our relationship and fellowship with God and with people.
                  What’s Love Got To Do With It?                              Knows God here refers to an intimate, experiential knowledge (v. 6;
                          1 John 4:7-12                                       2:3) of God, rather than just information about God. John never says
                                                                              that those who do not love are not born of God (v. 7). Yet it is
I. INTRODUCTION – Many of us remember these famous words                      impossible to know God intimately without loving others, for God is
by Tina Turner. She lived in a very abusive marriage with her former          love: Anyone in whom God dwells reflects His character. To claim
husband, Ike Turner. Some years later when she sang this song, I’m            to know God while failing to love others is to make a false claim
sure she envisioned some of the horrors she had gone through with             (1:6). (The Nelson Study Bible, Page 2146)
him. The song speaks to many women who have decided that enough
is enough. It is a song of frustration and resolve. Tina Turner had                   2. Negative ____________ Premise (V. 8). 8 Whoever does
made up her mind that if being loved meant being abused, she didn’t           not love does not know God, because God is love.
want anything to do with it. In her case, love was nothing but a
second hand emotion. It always is when we leave God out of the                John says, ―God is love,‖ not ―Love is God.‖ Our world, with its
equation. But as Christians, we have the love of God shed abroad in           shallow and selfish view of love, has turned these words around and
our hearts by the Spirit (Rom. 5:5), so we must love one another.             contaminated our understanding of love. The world thinks that love is
                                                                              what makes a person feel good and that it is all right to sacrifice moral
II. EXPOSITION OF THE TEXT – As we come to our text, it is                    principles and others’ rights in order to obtain such ―love.‖ But that
interesting to note that the word love is used 43 times in this short         isn’t real love; it is the exact opposite—selfishness. And God is not
letter. John continues to tell us that love for others is proof of our love   that kind of ―love.‖ Real love is like God, who is holy, just, and
for God (John 13:34-35). Last week John said that truth or sound              perfect. If we truly know God, we will love as he does. (Life
doctrine is one test or proof of our salvation (1 John 4:1-6). Today, he
                                                                              Application Bible, Page 2282)
reminds us that love for God and others is also proof of our salvation.
                                                                                 B. The ______________ of Love (V. 9). 9 This is how God
                         The Quality of Love                                  showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the
       The Source of Love                  The Effect of Love                 world that we might live through him.
God personifies love (4:8, 16)     We reflect God’s love in the
                                   world (4:7)                                       1. The _________________ of the Son (V. 9a).
God loved us (4:19)                We love God; our fear is gone;
                                   we keep His commands (4:18, 19;                   2. The _________________ of the Saints (V. 9b).
God gave His Son for us (4:9, 10) We give our substance for others            The judgment of sin on the cross was the supreme example of God’s
                                   (3:17; 4:11)                               love, for He poured out His wrath on His beloved Son in place of
Christ laid down His life for us   We lay down our lives for others           sinners (John 3:14-16; Rom. 5:8; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 5:1-2). Only
(3:16)                             (3:16)                                     begotten - Over half of the NT’s uses of this term are by John (e.g.,
The Baptist Study Edition, W. A. Criswell, Page 1787                          John 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18). John always uses it of Christ to picture His
                                                                              unique relationship to the Father, His pre-existence, and His
    A. The _______________ to Love (Vs. 7-8). 7 Dear friends, let             distinctness from creation. The term emphasizes the uniqueness of
us love one another, for love comes from God.                                 Christ, as the only one of His kind. It was He whom the Father sent
                                                                              into the world as the greatest gift ever given (John 17:3; 2 Cor. 8:9) so
       1. Positive ____________ Premise (V. 7b). Everyone who                 that we might have life eternal (cf. John 3:14, 15, 49-52; 12:24). (The
loves has been born of God and knows God.                                     MacArthur Study Bible, Page 1971)

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