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Agents of God’s Lovingkindness

God’s lovingkindness is oftentimes granted to us through agents of His grace.

Scripture: Ruth 2

An Honorable Reputation

God desires for His people to love excessively and aspire to live uniquely for the sake of having an honorable reputation.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

Evidences of Grace

The “Nones” are the fastest growing part of our population in the US. They’re the people who check the box “None” on survey’s asking, Which religion do you most closely identify with? They’re not closed to faith, they’re “spiritual, but not religious.” They want to know what you believe and why, so they’ll have the conversation. But they also want to see your faith lived out in your life.

In the first century, there was a group of believers who were models of what authentic Christian faith looks like. Paul wrote them a letter we know as 1 Thessalonians. In chapter 1:1-3, Paul points out their “work of faith, labor of love, and steadfastness of hope” are three evidences of God’s grace transforming their lives.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3, Acts 17:1-7; James 2:14-17

Unacceptable Love Part 2

Before a parent would die for their child, they die to self. Love is not first found in the big outward acts of dying for another person, but inwardly dying to self. Love, as demonstrated by Jesus in washing His disciple’s feet, is laying aside status and forsaking entitlement to pursue the holiness of another person.

Scripture: John 13:31-35

God’s Love

Christians ought to love one another because God is love. God’s love is eternal; He sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Scripture: 1 John 4:7-11

Blessed to Be a Blessing

“No matter how many experts we consult or how much research we do, the ultimate questions of life remain unanswerable unless God speaks. And God has spoken to us, in very plain language. Surprisingly and thankfully, this message is good news for bad people like us. Our responsibility is to listen and do so patiently. His voice, His word, His message is disruptive. Without His word, we are confined to our own pretenses, answers, and wisdom. With His word, new realities open up. But we have to be ready to adjust our lives to His Truth.” -Ray Ortlund

Scripture: Exodus 7:8-13

 

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