January 19, 2020 Loving With a Deeper Love Sermon Series: Strangers & Aliens
You and I are navigating through a world that’s not our home. We’re Strangers and Aliens. Our true home is in heaven! Yet, here we are. As we study 1st Peter we’re learning how to thrive even when we feel like we don’t fit in. So far in our current series, we’ve learned that we can do that by: • Enduring trials with joy while we wait for an inheritance in heaven (and) • Becoming more like Christ in front of a watching world.
Now we’ll discover that we can have a positive effect on this strange culture by doing what is the hardest thing of all: engaging each other with a deeper love.
1 Peter 1:22-2:3:
22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. 2:1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Barna Research Group Nearly four out of every ten non-churchgoing Americans (37%) said they avoid churches because of negative past experiences in churches or with church people.
Obedience Leads to a Deeper Love Amongst Believers
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
The Cause of Deep Christian Love is the Word of God
Jonathan Edwards “Oftentimes in reading (the Bible), every word seemed to touch my heart. I felt a harmony between something in my heart, and those sweet and powerful words. I seemed often to see so much light exhibited in every sentence, and such refreshing food communicated, that I could not get along in reading; often dwelling long on one sentence, to see the wonders contained in it; yet almost every sentence seemed to be full of wonders.”
Deeper Christian Love Comes When We Put On New Spiritual Clothing
Colossians 3:8-9 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices…
Deeper Christian Love Happens When We Crave Spiritual Sustenance
Matthew 4:4 “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Tasting the Goodness of God Ignites Deep Christian Love
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