Sun, Jun 16, 2019
What John describes as “perfect love” is love that is growing and maturing until fear is no longer present. Change takes place when truth is safely presented in relationship - both with God and with others. (1 John 4:13-21)
Sun, Jun 09, 2019
In this lesson we talk about the difference between goals and desires in terms of relationships. There are two criteria that need to be met in order to make encouragement count. There are three ways people handle negative emotions that come up in friendships, and we discuss which one is the best. (I John 3:18-4:12)
Sun, Jun 02, 2019
Although all of us would like to be considered encouragers, it takes real character to be one. There is a stark contrast between the Jesus way and the way of the world in terms of relationships, and it's not easy to choose the right way. God wants to hold tightly to certain things, and hold loosely to other things, in order to have great faithful friendships. (1 John 2:15-3:16).
Sun, May 26, 2019
True connections are possible not only when there is transparency, but when open communication occurs within a framework of commitment. Jesus' teachings are best applied in our relationships. He models a perfect balance of self-sacrifice with proper personal autonomy. And the church should be a community of love which best shows Jesus to the world. (1 John 2:3-11)
Sun, May 12, 2019
In this fallen world most of us experience only "surface community." Our fears make us hide, and we struggle to truly be known and to know others. But Jesus came to bring restored intimacy with God and others. Jesus gives us a SECURITY that allows us to open up to others, and a solution for our hurts and fears. (1 John 1:5-7)
Sun, May 05, 2019
Whether you’re a faithful follower of Jesus or a skeptic just checking things out, everyone can benefit from what the Bible has to say about relationships. It’s surprising how much of the New Testament is devoted to the topic. Strengthen your relationships and tap in to the power of encouragement. In Christ we can truly experience fellowship with one another. (1 John 1:7).