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20170827 Love Begets Love

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Text: John 13:31-35 / GCF Nuvali / 27 August 2017

John 13 introduces us to what a number of biblical scholars would coin as the “upper room discourse”. This discourse covers chapters 13 to 17, which is the longest recorded table-talk that Jesus had with the apostles before His arrest at Gethsemane.

What we can also observe as a hallmark of these sets of conversations was how the Greek word ‘agape’ or its verb form ‘agapao’ were mentioned more in chapters 13-17 in comparison to the rest of the book. Therefore, we can infer that the subject matter of “love” was definitely emphasized in the apostles’ long talk with Jesus.

In John 13:31-35, we dive into the words of Christ and discover His own definition of love, its implications in our lives and its impact to the world!

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20170827 Love Begets Love

  1. 1. Love begets love. John 13:31-35 27 August 2017 / GCF Nuvali
  2. 2. How would you truly feel? What would you really do?
  3. 3. John 13:31-35 When he had gone out, Jesus said,“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.  If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.  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.’  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.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
  4. 4. “Love is the one thing we're capable of perceiving that transcends time and space.” - Dr. Brand, Interstellar
  5. 5. “Love moves in mysterious ways…” - Nina
  6. 6. LOVE
  7. 7. Love begets love. John 13:31-35 27 August 2017 / GCF Nuvali
  8. 8. “… Now, bringing to a climax a theme developed throughout this Gospel, John makes it clear that the supreme moment of divine self-disclosure, the greatest moment of displayed glory, was in the shame of the cross.”
  9. 9. Yes, Jesus is God… And He is also the Suffering Servant.
  10. 10. John 13:31-35 When he had gone out, Jesus said,“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.  If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.  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.’  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. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
  11. 11. John 13:31-35 When he had gone out, Jesus said,“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.  If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.  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.’  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. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
  12. 12. The more we recognize the depth of our own sin, the more we recognize the love of the Saviour; the more we appreciate the love of the Saviour, the higher his standard appears; the higher his standard appears, the more we recognize in our selfishness, our innate self-centredness, the depth of our own sin.With a standard like this, no thoughtful believer can ever say, this side of the [Second Coming],‘I am perfectly keeping the basic stipulation of the new covenant.’ - D.A. Carson
  13. 13. Some observations on people: •The apathetic •The business-minded •The hard-to-please •The wounded lover
  14. 14. Self-centeredness often leads to… • Neglecting others in our suffering • Forgetting others in our pleasures
  15. 15. Based on 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, love must not/never... • envy, boast, arrogant (v. 4) • insist its own way (v. 5a) • irritable, resentful (v. 5b) • rejoice at wrongdoing (v. 6) • end (v. 8)
  16. 16. John 13:31-35 When he had gone out, Jesus said,“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.  If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.  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.’  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.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
  17. 17. Love begets love.
  18. 18. Remember: Look closely at the example that Jesus has already set.
  19. 19. “Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” St. Francis of Assisi
  20. 20. Remember: Look at people the way Jesus would.
  21. 21. Remember: Look out for ways to express the love of Jesus.
  22. 22. BLESS somebody this week! Begin with prayer. Listen to a friend. Eat with a friend. Serve a friend. Share your story.
  23. 23. Remember: Look to Jesus at all times — for strength, wisdom, and humility in every situation.
  24. 24. John 13:34-35 “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. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
  25. 25. Love begets love.

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