StoneBridge Community Church
The Power of Love
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 7:00 AM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

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The Text in Context

Bob Utley, "1 John 4" From the series The Beloved Disciple's Memoirs and Letters.
You can't be the me you want to be as long as your life lacks love.
1. Love is…
1. Love is an integral, irreplaceable part of becoing the me you want to be.
Greek's Four Loves
Natural loves
Storge: Affection for the familial/familiar
Philia: Affection between friends
Eros: Romantic love

Supernatural love
Agape: Christlike, self-giving love

Agape Love

Word study: Agape — "Love" The Bible Project, December 21, 2017. (YouTube video)

C.S. Lewis on "Agape"

An animated doodle illustrating C.S Lewis’ comments on "Agape" from his book The Four Loves. C.S. Lewis himself narrates (from a series of radio talks recorded in 1958). CSLewisDoodle, March 5, 2018. YouTube video.
For Reflection/Discussion: Why is love an irreplaceable part of becoming the me you want to be? Why is the use of the word "love" in English potentially confusing? What four Greek words are translated "love" and what does each mean? Which of the four is most often used in the New Testament, including in Jesus' Great Commandment, Jesus' New Commandment, in Paul's so-called "love chapter" (1 Corinthians 13), and over 25 times in today's scripture reading (1 John 4)?
2. Agape love comes…
2. Agape love comes from God Who is love.

Tim Keller on the Trinity

"The life of the Trinity is characterized not by self-centeredness but by mutually self-giving love… Each of the divine persons centers upon the others. None demands that the others revolve around him. Each voluntarily circles the other two, pouring love, delight and adoration into them. Each person of the Trinity loves, adores, defers to and rejoices in the others." —Tim Keller, The Reason For God: Belief In An Age Of Skepticism, pp. 214-216. Read more…

It's not about numbers; it's about self-giving love.

'God is love' is the truest thing that we can know about the Lord.
For Reflection/Discussion: Many people today believe that God is love. Where did they get this idea? Is God only love? Is love God? What does the statement "God is love" actually mean? How does the Christian doctrine of the Trinity help us understand John's statement that "God is love"? What are the implications of God having created us in His image and likeness?
3. Agape love is…
3. Agape love is self-giving, sacrificial love in action.
For Reflection/Discussion: Most people think of love as a positive feeling toward someone. While agape love doesn't exclude our having positive feelings, what evidence is there that agape love isn't primarily about how we feel? Who are some of the people Jesus commands us to love?
4. Agape love brings…
4. Agape love brings us a lifetime of blessing.

Four-Year-Old Superhero

Steve Hartman,  "Four-Year-Old Superhero Using His Power to Feed the Homeless" CBS News, May 4, 2018.

Superhero "President Austin" Perine shares a chicken sandwich with a homeless man.

For Reflection/Discussion: What thoughts and feelings occurred to you as you learned the story of 4-year-old superhero "President Austin" Perine? According to the Bible, what are some of the benefits and blessings that come to us when we love others in a self-giving, Christlike way? In what ways do they benefit? How does practicing self-giving love help us to become the me we want to be?
"Don't forget to show love!" —"President Austin" Perine

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