Share His Love

SHARE THE LOVE
2 Corinthians 5:14 –21, 1 John 4:10, John 13:3-5

How do I love people who do not know Christ?
We love others by telling them about God’s love in Christ.
   
A. CHRIST’S LOVE COMPELS US TO LOVE OTHERS.
a. Think about the things you do because you feel obligated to do. Next, think about the things you do because you are compelled to do them.
 i. Is there a difference in your attitude toward the things you feel obligated to do compared to your attitude toward things you feel compelled to do?
1. As Christians, sometimes us feel obligated to love other people. We try to love people because we’ve been told that is what we’re supposed to do.
b. Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
 i. What does it means to be compelled by Christ?
 ii. Paul was moved to share the gospel and minister to the people of Corinth because of the love of Christ in Him.
 iii. We should be so moved because of Christ’s love that we are compelled to love others.

B. CHRIST’S LOVE CHANGES THE WAY WE SEE OTHERS.
a. Think about the ways the world measures the value of people? Fashion/riches, religion, jobs, gender, sexuality, etc.
b. Think about the Titanic -  the passengers were divided according to class. 1st class, 2nd class, 3rd class, and servants quarters.
Although the Titanic separated its passengers based on class, when the people left that boat, they could ONLY be separated into two categories: those SAVED and those LOST.
c. Although we see people in terms of groups, nationality, and social standing, God’s sees people in two categories: those who know Him and those who don’t. We need to pray that God will help us see people as He sees them, not as everyone else does.
d. Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-17
 i. How does knowing Christ change the way we look at others?
 ii. What does it mean to be a new creation in Christ?
 iii. How does evaluating people by what they have or how they look hinder our willingness to share the gospel with them?
 iv. What does it mean to see others through Christ’s eyes?

C. CHRIST’S LOVE LEADS US TO TELL OTHERS ABOUT GOD’S LOVE.
a. Read 2 Corinthians 5:18-21
b. What is an ambassador?
 i. A person who represents a nation or kingdom in communication with other nations.
 ii. Does an ambassador speak for himself? Whose message does he give?
 iii. Paul understood his role as that of an ambassador for Christ.
c. As Christ’s ambassadors, we are to speak the message of Christ, which is “be reconciled to God.”
 i. Because of sin, all of us were separated from God. But Christ, through His sacrifice has brought us back into a relationship with God. (Reconciled) And we have been given that same ministry as Christians.
 ii. What can you do to reach your world?
 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16