DO YOU LOVE JESUS?
                                                                 John 21:15-17 (800)
   Introduction
       A.  Jesus told the apostles on the evening of His betrayal that they would be offended by Him.
             1.  Peter promised that he would never be offended by Jesus.  John 26:33,35
       B.  After the Lord’s resurrection, Jesus ask Peter three times to express his love for Him.
             1.  Jesus used two Greeks words:  “phileo” which means “To befriend; to like; to be fond
                  of.” And “agape” which is a love based on deep devotion; unconditional regard.”  Read
                  John 21:15-17
       C.  A searching and practical question is under consideration:  “Do I love Jesus?”

   I.  If we love Jesus we will desire to be in His presence.  Matthew 18:20 (719)

       A.  When a young man is dating a young lady because he wants to marry her, he enjoys being in
             her presence.  Examples:

       B.  It should be the same with us and Jesus.

             1.  As we read and meditate about stories of Jesus.  Example:  Sermon On The Mount in
                  Matthew 5-7

             2.  When we gather for worship.  1 Corinthians 11:23-29 (847)

  II.  If we love Jesus we will desire to  Him. 

        A.  A young man desires to please his fiancée.  Examples:

        B.  If we love Jesus we will desire to please Him.  John 14:15,21,23 (794); 1 John 2:1-6 (900)

  III.  If we love Jesus we will enjoy giving Him gifts and offerings.

        A.  Why does the young man give …………?  Because he loves her!

        B.  Why should we give to Jesus?  2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (856)

  IV.  If we love Jesus we will love His family.

        A.  A young man would be wise to understand his relationship with his fiancée’s family.

        B.  We should love the family of Christ.  John 13:33-34 (793)

Conclusion:  Let’s ask ourselves:    Phileo or Agape?  John 22:15b