Following Jesus in Loving People so People Will Fall in Love with Jesus.

Loving Those Close to Us

Rooted in Love sermon series

“Dear Friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love–not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sin. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.  1 John 4:7-12 (NLT)


  1. God Commands Us to Love One Another
  2. God Commands Us to Love those Close to Us (Loving our Friends)
  3. God Commands Us to Love those Connected to Us (Loving our Family)

Questions to Stir Discussion:

On a scale of 1 – 4, how loving would you rate the home you grew up in?  Why do you say that?

Do you think the way your family related to each other pointed to the love of God in Christ? Why or why not?

What is one way that  you can be more “loving” to others in your family today?