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Advent 2015 Week 4 - God's Love Conquers Fear

Speaker: Ty Neal
Date: December 20, 2015

Since the fourth century, the Church has celebrated the season of Advent (which means "coming" or "arrival") starting on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day. The celebration of Advent helps us focus our attention on Jesus Christ's birth and ministry as well as his promised return. In a season typically marked with busyness and distraction, we can easily miss the point of this season of celebration. Join us as we discover what we're really looking for this time of year: true hope, peace, joy and love in Jesus. He's Coming: Advent 2015.

Matthew 22:37-39

And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

1 John 4:7-12

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

1 John 4:17-21

By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Fear

1 John 4:10

1 John 4:10

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Quote

“Christmas is God’s yes to the question: Does God want anything to do with my messy life.” Darrin Patrick

Definition

Propitiation: a sacrifice that satisfies and turns away the wrath of God.

Quote

“For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for man and puts him self where only man deserves to be.” John Stott

Intimacy

1 John 4:17-19

Definition

Intimacy: is the joy of knowing someone fully and being known by that person with no fear of rejection.

1 John 4:17-19

By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.

Big Idea:

Big Idea: God’s love conquers fear

1 John 4:7-12

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

Romans 8:1

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 5:8

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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