Sermon Notes

Actions Speak Louder
“Strengthen Your Love”
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

As we follow Jesus together, what should our love look like?

  • Love for brothers and sisters (9a)
  • Love that dies to self (9b) = God-taught
  • Love that flows naturally (10a)
  • Love that increases without end (10b)
  • Love on display (11-12)
    • Chooses obscurity
    • Stays focused
    • Keeps hands productive
    • Gets the attention of outsiders earning respect
    • Dependence → interdependence → independence

Strong love is a result of strong Presence = God with us!

Core CHRIST-like Characteristics: Connected to God through the Word and prayer, Relates with other-centered love, Living Surrendered

LifeGroup Questions

  1. Begin Life Group with prayer—invite the Holy Spirit to speak and move among you.
  2. Describe a time in your walk with Jesus when it was difficult to love others?
    What have you learned looking back on that?
  3. What makes loving so much less when we learn it from man?
  4. What changes when love is God taught?
    How does His love transcend anything we attempt as love?
  5. What describes my example as a Jesus follower and lover of others?
    • At rest or restless
    • Focussed or floundering
    • Productive or obstructive
    • Respected or disregarded
  6. How can you grow in making dependence on God priority one?
  7. Share ideas with one another and pray for each other to become more dependent on each other out of a total dependence on God so the world would be attracted to your freedom and independence in Christ!