Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Intuitiveness of the Counter-Intuitiveness of Love (Sacrifice)

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3.16

►What would cause a perfect God to agree to come to a mutinous world?

  • God is love and it is impossible or contain or hoard love. Love drew God out of Heaven

►The only cure for the blindness imposed by sin, was the shock & presence of Love!

  • This is why the God of this world has blinded people to the love of God (2 Cor 4.4)
  • This is why our unity is important. When people see it, it’s like God’s biz card

Love is Exemplified…Demonstrated…Proven…in Sacrifice

►Love is: Inconvenience.  (*Not easily accessible)
  • Convenience: Easily accessible

►Love shows us that the only true inconvenience in the Christ-like faith is convenience!

Love identifies you! Godliness is revealed in what you release, not what you collect 

►Brotherhood/sisterhood is not based upon similarity of tastes, likes or resemblance. It is biologically and spiritual predicated upon common ancestry. Period. I chose to love, based upon that common ancestry. However, love doesn't give us the liberty of being unconcerned about the state of our brother/sister.

►1 Kings 3.16 (The Mother intuitively did what was unconventional. She was intuitive of what appeared to be counter-intuitive.) Love, demonstrated by sacrifice, proved the identify of the true mother. 

  • She didn’t just say “let him live” she said give him to her…( a son to an unmarried women was valuable)

Challenge: We can’t fully give a love that we haven’t received. Go deep with God today.

Slide #5 Next Steps In Connecting With Your Purpose…

  • New Beginning: Commit to follow Christ (Card/Prayer)

  • Grow: Adult Bible Class Sunday @ 9am & Wednesdays @ 7pm. Follow fast guidelines.

  • Connect: Join a LIFE GROUP & journey with great people who are doing life together.

  • Thrive: 1. Ask The Lord for an understanding of unconditional love. 2. Share the love you’ve been withholding because of inconvenience. 3. Read the Christmas story with new eyes this season.

  • Serve: We honor God in giving our lives away. Check bulletin for opportunities to serve.