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Love One Another 4 8 24 2008

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Notes from Sunday Morning Sermon from Soldotna Church of God, Soldotna Alaska.

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Love One Another 4 8 24 2008

  2. 2. John 15:9-17 (NLT) <ul><li>9 &quot;I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. </li></ul><ul><li>10 When you obey me, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father and remain in his love. </li></ul>
  3. 3. John 15:9-17 (NLT) <ul><li>11 I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! </li></ul><ul><li>12 I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you. </li></ul>
  4. 4. John 15:9-17 (NLT) <ul><li>13 And here is how to measure it—the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends. </li></ul><ul><li>14 You are my friends if you obey me. </li></ul>
  5. 5. John 15:9-17 (NLT) <ul><li>15 I no longer call you servants, because a master doesn't confide in his servants. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. </li></ul>
  6. 6. John 15:9-17 (NLT) <ul><li>16 You didn't choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. </li></ul><ul><li>17 I command you to love each other. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 1 John 4:7-11 (NLT) <ul><li>7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. </li></ul><ul><li>8 But anyone who does not love does not know God—for God is love. </li></ul>
  8. 8. 1 John 4:7-11 (NLT) <ul><li>9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. </li></ul>
  9. 9. 1 John 4:7-11 (NLT) <ul><li>10 This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. </li></ul><ul><li>11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. </li></ul>
  10. 10. John 15:12 <ul><li>12 I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you. </li></ul>
  11. 11. How does God love us? <ul><li>He loves us unconditionally </li></ul><ul><li>He loves us forever. </li></ul><ul><li>He loves us by forgiving us all our wrongs (sins). </li></ul><ul><li>He loves us beyond our understanding! </li></ul>
  12. 12. God commands us to imitate Him! <ul><li>Ephesians 5:1-2 (NLT) 1 Follow God's example in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins. </li></ul>
  13. 13. How then does God expect us to love each other? <ul><li>He expects us to love each other unconditionally. </li></ul><ul><li>He expects us to love each other by forgiving each other of all our wrongs (sins). </li></ul><ul><li>He expects us to love each other by serving each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Love for others is the test of a “Christian”. </li></ul><ul><li>Love for others is “proof” that we love God! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Three Words <ul><li>Give , </li></ul><ul><li>Connect, </li></ul><ul><li>Elevate </li></ul>
  15. 15. Last week we looked at <ul><li>GIVING! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Today we are going to look at <ul><li>CONNECTING! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Webster says: <ul><li>to have or establish a rapport </li></ul><ul><li>to establish a communications connection </li></ul><ul><li>to join or fasten together usually by something intervening </li></ul><ul><li>to place or establish in relationship </li></ul>
  18. 18. Matthew 7:12 (NLT) <ul><li>12 &quot;Do for others what you would like them to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Ephesians 4:2-3 (NLT) <ul><li>2 Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love. </li></ul><ul><li>3 Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Luke 6:37-38 (NLT) <ul><li>37 &quot;Stop judging others, and you will not be judged. Stop criticizing others, or it will all come back on you. If you forgive others, you will be forgiven. </li></ul><ul><li>38 If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you.&quot; </li></ul>
  21. 21. Romans 12:9-21 (NLT) <ul><li>9 Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. </li></ul><ul><li>10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. </li></ul><ul><li>11 Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Romans 12:9-21 (NLT) <ul><li>12 Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. </li></ul><ul><li>13 When God's children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Romans 12:9-21 (NLT) <ul><li>14 If people persecute you because you are a Christian, don't curse them; pray that God will bless them. </li></ul><ul><li>15 When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow. </li></ul><ul><li>16 Live in harmony with each other. Don't try to act important, but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all! </li></ul>
  24. 24. Romans 12:9-21 (NLT) <ul><li>17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. </li></ul><ul><li>18 Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>19 Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, &quot;I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it&quot;, says the Lord. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Romans 12:9-21 (NLT) <ul><li>20 Instead, do what the Scriptures say: &quot;If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink, and they will be ashamed of what they have done to you.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>21 Don't let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Colossians 3:12-15 (NLT) <ul><li>12 Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves; you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. </li></ul><ul><li>13 You must make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Colossians 3:12-15 (NLT) <ul><li>14 And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. </li></ul><ul><li>15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Ways to Connect with other people. <ul><li>Smile and greet them enthusiastically. </li></ul><ul><li>Start the conversation. </li></ul><ul><li>Make eye contact with others especially when listening or talking to them. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember other’s name and use it often. </li></ul><ul><li>Show respect for the other person’s opinions. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Ways to Connect with other people. <ul><li>If you are wrong, admit it quickly. </li></ul><ul><li>Let other people do most of the talking. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to honestly see things from the other person’s point of view. </li></ul><ul><li>Be considerate and respectful of other’s ideas and desires. </li></ul><ul><li>Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Ways to Connect with other people. <ul><li>Talk in terms of the other person’s interest. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the best way to win an argument is “don’t argue”. </li></ul>