This sermon is based on 1 John 4:7-12. SERIES OVERVIEW: Yogi Berra once famously said: “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” I think we would agree. We all love the idea of loving others. After all, love is the definitive distinctive of a disciple of Jesus; and it’s our most memorable mandate, our most important imperative, and our most dynamic and decisive decree. That’s why it is called the Greatest Commandment. So, there you have it. In theory we love it! But then there’s practice. And loving everyone, everywhere and all the time just doesn’t seem all that practical. Now, don’t get me wrong. We love it as an idea, and we love to love people who love us and who are lovable, but some people just don’t fit that description (maybe because we don’t know them or maybe because we’ve known them
Based on Romans 13:8-10, this sermon begins to explore an other-centered approach to relationships in light of God's command to "love one another" and to "love your neighbor as yourself."
This sermon continues the study of how a selfish approach to relationships violates 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and leads to difficult relationships that are not based on love.