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How We Love One Another

1 Peter 1:22-25

May 9, 2021 • Jonathan Parnell

In this sermon Pastor Jonathan exposits 1 Peter 1:22-25 and exhorts us to love one another. The apostle Peter gives us this exhortation and roots this in both the atoning work of Christ and the prophecy of the Old Testament from the prophet Isaiah. Here we are reminded that God caused us to be born again—apart from our own ability or choice. We believed the Gospel because God has given us the ability to believe and this is one of the primary reasons why we ought to love one another. This should humble us and inspire us to love others—to love our fellow members of the body of Christ unconditionally just as the Father loved us and foreknew us.

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