The Church As It’s Supposed To Be: Love One Another
August 27, 2017

The Church As It’s Supposed To Be: Love One Another

Passage: John 15:12-17


A continuation in our series looking at the " One Another's" in scripture


Love One Another” John 15:12-17

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.


This is pretty much where all of the one anothers begin, in love. 1 John is a book dedicated to reminded us that true believers are growing in God’s love. The same Author who wrote 1 John, wrote our verses in John 15. This is a disciple who along with his brother were aiming for power inside God’s Kingdom, and had to learn to love their brothers and sisters more than caring for themselves and their own agendas in the church.

Throughout scripture we hear how Jesus “Commands” us to love one another, because His burden is not a heavy one, but one that fosters unity for the sake of the “Fruit” that God is accomplishing in our lives. Our verses remind us that we are “Chosen” by God for this task, and it is love for those that aren’t like us for the sake of the gospel that sets us apart. When we are growing in love with the aim to ‘bear fruit’ for Christ, He answers our prayers that are directed toward this glorious ministry He has prepared for us. The fruit we bear is the fruit of God’s love. Thus our goal at Anchor is to multiply loving communities locally and globally for the advance of the Gospel and the name of Jesus Christ.

Questions For Study

  1. Why is love so important?
  2. What are some of the barriers we have in loving others?
  3. How can we combat these barriers?
  4. How can you and Anchor be a truly loving community of faith?