There's no way to be in rhythm with others if we're out of rhythm with God
Read 1 John 4:7-21
- When it comes to dancing, do you have rhythm? Do you have a funny, awkward, or impressive dancing story?
- An ancient way of describing the relationship within the Trinity is a divine dance of love. Is that image helpful for understanding the relationship of Father, Son, and Spirit? Yes or no?
- God invites us to dance with Him. Sin is stomping our feet to our own rhythm, resisting our dance partner who is also the composer of the music. How does this dance imagery help to understand sin?
- In 1 John 4:7-21 some form of the word love is used 27 times and 3 times we are told to love one another.
- Love is rooted in the Trinity (1 John 4:7-8, 13-15). Father, Son, and Spirit are hovering all through this passage. The Trinity is the perfect community and our community life together flows from who God is. Look at the image depicting the relationships within the Trinity. When we think of Trinity we need to think of the words unity (God is one), diversity (there is distinction between Father, Son, and Spirit), and equality (Father, Son, and Spirit are from all eternity and for all eternity equal).
- How can the divine dance of other-centered love and honoring form and shape our relationships?
- Love is revealed in Christ (1 John 4:9-10). God manifests his love in sending Jesus to be the propitiation (atoning sacrifice) for our sins. God's agape love is self-sacrificing, other centered, unconditional, generous.
- How does Jesus' sacrifice give shape and meaning to love?
- Love results in loving others and freedom from fear (1 John 4:11-21).
- As we practice the 'one anothers' the world catches a glimpse of God. How have you seen God in God's people?
- How does perfect love cast out fear? How do you need God's perfect love to cast out fear currently?
- John says that if we say we love God but we hate our brother, we lie. That's pretty blunt! Why do we continually need to hear this blunt truth?