Sermon Notes December 26, 2021

“Because of How They Behaved”

1. Growing up in the church, it almost didn’t matter what you _________________ because you could always get forgiven but you had better ______________________ correctly.

                        What Should You Believe? 

A. Core Belief — We believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God. See Matthew 16:15-19.

B. Core Action— New commandment to love one another BUT love each other like Jesus loved. See John 13:34-35. 

1 John 3:11,14-16, “11For this is the message you heard  from the beginning: We should love one another. 14We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in Him. 16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 

2. How do you know you have passed from death to life? Because you _________________________________. 

3. Jesus defines “your neighbor” in Luke 10 as anyone with a ___________________that you can ________________.

See Luke 10:25-37

1 John 3:17, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” 

4. John understood, how do we ____________________ our generosity after seeing what Jesus did for us. 

1 John 3:18-19, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence.” 
5. I may not always know exactly what to _______________but we almost  always  know what _____________________________ requires of us.