Community Principle #5 Loving and Being Loved

November 1, 2020


  1. Knowing and Being Known

  2. Serving and Being Served

  3. Admonishing and Being Admonished

  4. Encouraging and Being Encouraged

  5. Loving and Being Loved


The Essential Ingredient for Community with Christ in His Churchv

      You are My friends if you do what I command you   (John 15:14)

      This is My command to you:  Love One Another   (John 15:12)

       Love is expressed in sacrifice and service    (John 15:13)


Loving and Being Loved

    Text:  Romans 12:1-20


Step One:  How you relate to God

       Offer yourself as a living sacrifice in service to God
       Seek a renewed mind, that is transformed to know
                and do the will of God    (see Romans 12:1-2)


Step Two:  How you view yourself

       Do not think too highly of yourself
       Use your giftedness to serve God and the church
                (see Romans 12:3-8)


Step Three:  How you feel toward each other

       Nurture genuine love toward one another
       Be devoted to one another   (see Romans 12:9-10)


Step Four:  How you treat the saints

       HONOR ONE ANOTHER:  Show preference for one another. 
       Do this with diligence, fervency, as serving the Lord, rejoicing,
       persevering, and prayerfully.
       CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER:  Give to aid the saints
       ASSOCIATE WITH ONE ANOTHER:  Practice hospitality
               (see Romans 12:10b-13)


Step Five:  Practical actions that are loving

       Bless those who persecute you

       Identify with others in their rejoicing and weeping

       Seek unity with one another

       Do not be haughty – prideful

       Associate with the lowly

       Do not consider your own opinion of much significance

       Do not seek to get even

       Respect what is right and proper

       Seek to be at peace with all men

       Do not seek revenge

       Be kind even to those who are not kind to you

               (Romans 12:14-20)

Things NOT on the list and that should never be!

       Make sure people are loving you the way you deserve. 

       Tell them if they are failing to love you well.

       Do not love them if they do not love you first.


In the words of Jesus


      “ This is My Commandment:
        that you love one another
         just as I have loved you.”

                     John 15:12

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