Real Freedom. Real Love.


Pastor Steve Thomas

1 John 5:1-5

Real Freedom Real Love_Sermon Notes

Going Deeper:

Read 1 John 5:1-5

  1. What are some truths John asserts about a Christian?
  2. What surprises or comforts you in these verses? What challenges your thinking?
  3. Why do you think John says the way to love other Christians is to love God and do what God commands?
  4. How does the world (created order in opposition to God’s good rule) make obeying God’s commands heavy? How does this shape your understanding of freedom?
  5. How does love remove the “burden” of obedience in relationships in your life? Does love necessitate restriction? Does real freedom require constraint?
  6. Consider Romans 3:20 and Galatians 5:13. How do these verses relate to love,
    freedom, and obeying God?

Spiritual Exercise: This week focus on seeing opportunities to act in self-sacrificial love toward a brother or sister in Christ. Be attentive to the Spirits’ leading to share your time, possessions, or words with another of God’s beloved. Act in faith.


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