One Another (Part 1) : Pastor Jerome Sack

February 3, 2019

John 13:34

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Philippians 2:5-8

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Biblical Imperative without Biblical Thinking leads to short term obedience and long term frustration.

- Andy Stanley

Upper Room Discourses (John 13-17)

  • Jesus Washing the Disciples’ Feet (John 13:1-20)

  • Jesus reveals he will be betrayed (John 13:21-30)

  • Jesus is leaving his disciples and going to the Father (John 13:31-38)

  • Jesus is the Way to the Father (John 14: 1-14)

  • The Gift of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-24)

  • The Vine and the Branches (John 15:1-18)

  • The World’s Hatred (John 15:18-16:4a)

  • The Work of the Holy Spirit (John 16:4b-15)

  • Sorry Turning to Joy (John 16:16-33)

  • Jesus prays a High Priestly Prayer (John 17:1-26)

John 13:1

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

Luke 22:24-27

24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

John 13:3

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God,

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.

Romans 12:3

Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Humility increases your capacity to love selflessly.

Progression of Selfless Love

Grace > Faith > Peace > Love > Fellowship

  • Grace is God’s acceptance of me.

  • Faith is my acceptance of God’s acceptance of me.

  • Peace is my acceptance of me.

  • Love I am free to accept you.

  • Fellowship you are free and accept me.

WARNING: Pride stands in the way of each step of the progression.

Loving selflessly comes from the Love of Christ flowing through us, but before we can really love selflessly we must first accept the love of Christ and accept ourselves.