Keep Your Eyes On The Road

We continue in our series, The Power of Stories, as Pastor Nate Millican takes us through Luke 15:11-32. Listen to hear how, as believers, we are to not check out, but to be intrigued and in awe of the amazing, redemptive love God has for us and all lost souls, and to keep our eyes on Him.

Scripture: Luke 15:11-32

Whose Neighbor Are You (and why it matters)?

To love God is to love our neighbor. But who is our neighbor? Is Jesus referring to the person who lives next to us or is there something more going on here?

Scripture: Luke 10:25-37

Love Your Enemies

Jesus’ kingdom ethics or family’s characteristics include even aggressive love for one’s enemies. It’s in this – love for one’s enemies – that our relationship with Jesus is clearly seen. Our response to this command revealed whom we belonged to. It didn’t get us into his family/kingdom, it made it known.

Scripture: Luke 6:27-36

A Good Prayer To Pray

The love that God wants us to have and show in our lives is a heart and life-stretching love; this is a love that is counter to most “loves” as most “loves” implicitly teach, “be committed to what you want rather than the needs and cares of others.” The love we see in the Book of Philippians in the Bible is a love that is informed by knowledge and is lived out with discernment as you decide what’s truly important in life. This love starts with Jesus.

Scripture: Philippians 1:9-11; Hebrews 5:11-15; John 17:3

Reminder: This Is Who We Are

We’re called to love Jesus with all of our heart, soul and mind. This is a love that recognizes and chooses to follow something which is righteous, noble, and true regardless of what your feelings in the matter may be.

To love Jesus with our heart, soul and mind is to embrace Him in our deepest convictions and commitments; to love Him supremely more than anything/anyone else; to fix our affections on Him and be willing to give up everything we hold dear at His command.

Think of the great commandment and Jesus — was there ever a portion of Jesus’ heart, soul, mind and strength that was not completely yielded to the Father? Did He ever hold back His love for the Father? Were his deepest convictions/commitments ever not God-oriented? Did he ever love/treasure anything else more supremely than doing the will of the Father? Was there anything that the Father revealed to Jesus that Jesus just said, “Nah, not a big deal…gonna ignore that!”

Every second of Jesus’ life He kept this commandment. Let’s look to him for power to live the life that God calls us to live.

Scripture: Matthew 22:33-40; Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:25-37

It’s Time To Grow Up

Knowing Jesus = Moral Change.

Since we’ve tasted the Lord (experienced Him and know Him via repenting/believing in Jesus) our lives reflect a love that puts away sin and leans on the Word of God to grow us up in salvation.

All of us need to continue to grow up in Jesus.

The Bible is our authority.
The Bible tells us everything we need to know about the most important things.
The Bible (through the H.S.) is our teacher.
The Bible is our guide to growing up in our salvation.

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:1-3; Psalm 27:4, 34:8, 41:2, 63:1, 83:3

What Knowing Jesus Means

As we obeyed the gospel of Jesus (i.e. believed in Jesus) we were born again which leads us to loving others (sincerely, earnestly, etc.).

The response to the message is understand that our identity in Jesus compels/causes us to love others, even amid suffering/hardships such as the ones Peter’s readers were experiencing.

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:17-25; Galatians 5:7; Romans 12:9; Isaiah 40:6-9; Matthew 7:24-27

Doing Flows from Being

The Bible commands good behavior BUT good behavior flows from good character (Matthew 7:17). Doing flows from being—keeping this order is very important IF you want to understand the gospel well AND deepen in your love/pursuit of Jesus.

Our affluent society is an afflicted society for lack of love. Just imagine how many marriages would be spared the heartbreak of separation of divorce if there were true love in the hearts of men and women! Think of what comfort and encouragement would brighten the lot of the poor, sick, lonely and sorrowing, if only there were more love in this world. Who can tell what new vitality would stir the church, and draw others into its fellowship, if there were real love among the professed followers of Christ? It is love we need—Christian love.