When to Say "I Love You" (Love Feast #1)

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Jesus shows us that love is more than a feeling and more than an idea. If we want to love like Jesus, we can start by telling people of our affection for them and our commitment to serve their needs before our own—this is exactly what Jesus told His friends at the last supper.


Main Text: John 15:9-17

Simple outline:

  • What does it mean for Jesus to love? That’s the question we’re asking in this series, and to answer we’re looking at His last supper with His disciples the night before He was crucified.

  • Jesus loves by explicitly telling His friends He has loved them, does love them, and will love them. This is a remarkable, affectionate declaration. (15:9)

  • And Jesus demonstrates this declared love right here in this passage:

    • He shares the love He receives from God

    • He shares His joy

    • He instructs them on how to live meaningful lives—by always living in His love

    • He explains that He is about to die on their behalf, out of love

    • He shares what He knows with them

    • He shares His privileges with them—ask God in my name!

    • He initiates, intentionally seeking them and choosing to love them in particular

  • The love that Jesus declares He has is practical, affectionate, sacrificial, and persistent.

  • How delightful would life be if we listened to Jesus and joined Him?

    • We're having a year at the table--a year where we partner with Jesus and love our neighbors as actively, warmly, and simply as we know how. We're going to make a habit of hosting our neighbors for dinner, inviting them to feast on Jesus with us.

    • Will you join us?

    • How different might our lives and neighborhoods be if we regularly declared our practical, affectionate, sacrificial, persistent love for our neighbors?

Jesus shows us that love is more than a feeling and more than an idea. If we want to love like Jesus, we can start by telling people of our affection for them and our commitment to serve their needs before our own—this is exactly what Jesus told His friends at the last supper.


Main Text: John 15:9-17

Simple outline:

  • What does it mean for Jesus to love? That’s the question we’re asking in this series, and to answer we’re looking at His last supper with His disciples the night before He was crucified.

  • Jesus loves by explicitly telling His friends He has loved them, does love them, and will love them. This is a remarkable, affectionate declaration. (15:9)

  • And Jesus demonstrates this declared love right here in this passage:

    • He shares the love He receives from God

    • He shares His joy

    • He instructs them on how to live meaningful lives—by always living in His love

    • He explains that He is about to die on their behalf, out of love

    • He shares what He knows with them

    • He shares His privileges with them—ask God in my name!

    • He initiates, intentionally seeking them and choosing to love them in particular

  • The love that Jesus declares He has is practical, affectionate, sacrificial, and persistent.

  • How delightful would life be if we listened to Jesus and joined Him?

    • We're having a year at the table--a year where we partner with Jesus and love our neighbors as actively, warmly, and simply as we know how. We're going to make a habit of hosting our neighbors for dinner, inviting them to feast on Jesus with us.

    • Will you join us?

    • How different might our lives and neighborhoods be if we regularly declared our practical, affectionate, sacrificial, persistent love for our neighbors?