Bible Study

We invite you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon:

Sermon Outline

  • Who is God: God is love (and more)
  • What does God do: God sends his son.
  • What is God doing today: He’s freeing us and removing fear.


  • John says twice in this passage that “God is love” What else does John say “God is” in this 5 chapter letter? Bonus: In his Gospel what kind of things does Jesus say he is … I am the …
  • How do we see the love of God most clearly?
  • What does it mean to abide in God’s love? This topic of abiding is big for John. Read through 1 John and underline in your Bible all the places John uses the term “abide”.
  • What does it mean to be a mercenary lover? How does the love of God free us from being mercenary lovers?
  • What are you fearful of? How does John encourage us to cast out fear?
  • Let Jesus be present to you in and through his written word. We have a SAPC reading plan we’ll be following this year and would invite you to join us as we read God’s word together. Pick up a copy on Sunday or download it here.
  • Because of this sermon, how has your life changed, matured, or challenged?
  • Who will you tell and what because of what you just heard?
  • How would you explain this to a small child?

The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your Life Group community.


If you have questions about this sermon please email David Libbon (DLibbon@StAndrews.Church).

Consulted Resources

  • Expositors Biblical Commentary 1 John and outline
  • The Bible Exposition Commentary, Wiersbe
  • ESV Church History Study Bible Notes
  • NET Study Bible Notes

Sermon Recording

You can listen to the sermon in the player below or follow St. Andrew’s Sermon Podcast on Spotify. The sermon podcast is also available on Apple and Google Podcasts.