One of a Kind – Series on the Love of God
Week 2 – Love Your Neighbor
Matt 25:35-36 NIV
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
Matt 25:40 NIV
Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
1 John 4:11 NKJ
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 Cor 13:4-7 NIV
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Matt 22:37-39 NIV
“Love the Lord Your God” …and “Love your neighbor as yourself”.
(Ephesians 3: 19 NIV) “ … to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
(1 John 2:15-16 NLT) ”Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.”
Four kinds of Love
- ________ is sacrificial love.
- ________ is brotherly love.
- ________ is erotic or sensual love.
- ________ is affectionate love.
This is Love:
(1 John 4:10 NLT) “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”
- The Love of God is _________.
(Romans 5:5 NIV) “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
- Love _________.
(1 John 2:13-15 NLT) “I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus. I am writing to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I am writing to you who are young in the faith because you have won your battle with the evil one.”
- Love inspires ______________.
(1 John 2:3 NLT) “And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments.
- Love drives out _____________.
(1 John 4:18 NIV) “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.”
- Be __________with His Love.
(Ephesians 3:17-19 NIV) “And I pray that you, being rootedand established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”
(Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV) ”Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
- Spend ________ with Love.
Invite your mom’s to come out with you for church on Mother’s Day. We’re going to make it very special for her that day, plus a give away that will really bless the winner! See you there on May 12th!
What an exciting time at Life Christian Church! Our Child Dedication ceremony on 04/14/13, video below:
On Wednesday, we got a call from a woman in New Hampshire. She had found our church on Google. She said her 70 year old father was riding his bike and had been hit by a car. He had been injured and his glasses had been broken in the accident too. She said without his glasses he was legally blind. The daughter was looking for someone who could go and check on him and call her to tell her how he was. She said California Pizza Kitchen knew about the accident and wanted to donate a free pizza to him too. She asked if anyone in our church could get the pizza and check on him for her?
I felt it was God giving us the opportunity to help. The call came in at 1:40 PM and by 6PM we were picking up the pizza and on our way to visit this gentleman.
He was overwhelmed that someone who did not know him would do this. We talked to him and spent some time with him. I told him if he needed anything else to call. .
After I left, I called his daughter in New Hampshire. I told her he seemed to be doing good. She was overwhelmed that in such a short time from her call that we had responded and had made the visit. She said she was going to give this testimony at her church and tell them about our ministry and outreach. She wanted to tell her small group too and see if they wanted to start a similar outreach. She said this had meant so much to her and she could see the value of such an outreach. We talked out how God puts people together and we believed He was going to do more.
Thinking how it all fell into place was such a God thing.
I love seeing God work. I know everyone had been praying in the prayer groups for opportunities to reach people in Naples. God sent us one and the first for our new outreach before we even got it officially started. I can’t wait to see where God is going to take all of this. His plans are always much bigger and greater than mine. He just wants willing hearts. He will take it from there. Praise God.
Today we start a new series titled “Finished”.
We will be looking at the finished work of Jesus through his life, death, and resurrection.
What did Jesus mean when He said “It is Finished”?
Our thoughts probably first go to a scripture like
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Most everyone would agree that Jesus’ finished work on the cross is about the born again experience. But it is about much more.
Today…talk about how the law was finished.
(Law vs. Grace)
John 1:17 (NKJ)
For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
This is what law looks like…
- List of commands
- Sin Consciousness
- Demanded righteousness
- Favor had to be Earned
This is what grace looks like…
- New approach – life of love
- God Consciousness
- Demand for righteousness was met through the finished work of the cross
“finished” rendered “the debt is paid in full”
- Salvation cannot be earned, it is received as a gift of grace
- His power changes us from the inside out…we become new in Him
(Right Standing with God – Sacrifice Required)
Under the law when man sinned, they had to find a perfect lamb with no defects.
The lamb was brought to the priest.
The priest examined the lamb to make sure the lamb was not defective.
The priest would tell the sinner to lay his hands on the lamb’s head so his sin would transfer to the lamb.
Notice He had to lay his hands on the lamb by faith. He believed that God did an exchange.
The sinner believed and the priest believed.
The lamb received the sin of the man.
And the man received the innocence of the lamb.
The lamb had to die for the exchange to take place.
The man goes totally free.
This was all done by faith.
All this under the law was pointing to Jesus, who was to come and be the perfect lamb and the final sacrifice.
ILLUSTRATE: Grace under Jesus
…John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Before you and I were born, God prepared this plan for Jesus to go to the cross for us.
The blood of Jesus removes sin – past, present, and future, when we receive His gift of salvation.
…”Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
A great exchange happened when Jesus took on our sin, and we took on His righteousness.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God…
So, what was finished on the cross?
The law given by Moses was finished.
Grace was given through Jesus Christ!!!
If everything is finished, why do we have such a mess in the world?
Many people have not learned to apply the finished work to their lives.
John 10:10 – the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus came to give us life, and life _______ _______ (more abundantly)
The devil’s greatest nightmare is when we learn what God has provided through the finished work of the cross.
You see, ignorance is the greatest hindrance for believers.
What you need was already provided 2,000 years ago through Jesus finished work.
Now by faith, access what’s been provided.
OUR CHURCH series
Part 1 – “ENJOYS LIFE” by: Pastors Dan and Sarah
Daniel 6:3 –
Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps (princes) by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
John 10:10 AMP –
“I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
1. Love _____________.
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
1 Tim 6:17
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
2. Love ___________.
1 Peter 3:10 (AMP)
“For let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days [good—whether apparent or not] keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile (treachery, deceit).”
1 John 3:18 (TLB)
“Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions.”
3. Love ___________.
In Ephesians 1:18 Paul prays that; “the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened”.
Ecclesiastes 2:25 (NCV)
“…no one can eat or enjoy life without Him.”
Psalms 36:9 (NCV)
“You are the giver of life. Your light lets us enjoy life.”
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.”
The Protection by: Pastor Tracy
Sunday January 27th
Luke 11:1 (NLT)
Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
We live in a fallen world filled with temptation and trials.
And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.
Life is a _____.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
God does not _________or bring evil.
James 1:13 (NLT)
And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
God gives ________ gifts.
So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters.
Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.* He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.
We need to release God’s help and protection.
Ephesians 6:10-11 (NLT)
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
Ephesians 6:14-17 (NLT)
Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Our armor is __________ ourselves who’s we are and what we have:
Belt of _______
“I believe I’m deeply loved! I’m a majority because God is with me; I refuse to fear, get bitter, offended or take condemnation.”
Armor of ___________
“I’m the righteousness of God in Christ; I’m forever forgiven.”
Shoes of _________
“I’m full of your peace. I’m ready to share your goodness.”
Shield of __________
“I live faith in what you have said and not what I feel; I win every time.”
Helmet of _____________
“The blood of Jesus purchased all the resources of heaven for me.”
Sword of the spirit which is the_______ of God
“The Word of God that I believe and speak destroys every plan of the enemy against me.”
We have the promises of Psalm 91.
Sunday, January 13 – Pastor James
Psalm 31:20 (NKJ)
Hide them in the secret place of Your presence…from the plots of men…from the strife of tongues”
A smooth road can feel bumpy when we’re out of___________.
Matthew 6:10 (NKJ)
Your _________ come. Your _____ be done on earth as it is in heaven.
- The kingdom is ____________.
Matthew 4:17 (NKJ)
From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Mark 1:14-15 (NKJ)
Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Matthew 10:7 (NKJ)
And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
- His will is ____________.
I Chronicles 4:9-10 (NKJ)
Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.’
- Jabez prayed a “________ come, ____ be done” prayer.
- Applying His will is walking in _____________.
- __________ by __________ obedience is key.
Challenge: Let’s declare the kingdom of God over our governing body, church, family, and ourselves this week.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me?
How is the Holy Spirit aligning me to pray this year?
Personally Spiritually Family
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