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"Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love."
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
this is one of the most read and loved bible passages probably ever.
at most weddings I’ve been too its been read or quoted
its a beautiful prescription of how we should live, with love, sharing love, giving love, loving.
but its perfection and completion and its source is in God.
HE IS LOVE
HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS
HIS LOVE IS REAL
HIS LOVE IS PATIENT, KIND, GENTLE, GENEROUS
HIS LOVE is the model
HIS LOVE is the source
Jesus is the greatest demonstrator of love, because HE is love
i love because He loved me first
and He teaches me to love others
as He loves me
"refuse to live without a burning heart"
you are future revolutionaries preparing for a reality that does not yet exist
grace teaches us to say NO to ungodliness – titus 2
you cant build the new on criticising the old
honour calls to the deep things, the hidden significance in someones life
5 FOUNDATIONAL BELIEFS
1. the first commandment needs to be in first place
you SHALL love Him because you SEE Him and respond to Him, He is better than you can imagine
not you SHALL love Him out of obligation, order, duty
2. the surpassing greatness of this man
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ Philippians 3:7-8
the best strategy for dealing with sin is to fix your eyes upon Jesus.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
willpower is not enough
behaviour is driven by values. to change your behaviour change your values – you have to value something/SOMEONE more
the key to dealing with sin is to encounter JESUS
massive missionary mobilization
4. Jesus is coming back
while we wait for the blessed hope— the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ Titus 2:13
our supreme, blessed, biggest hope is the return of Christ
5. house of prayer
be a people that pray
have a life of prayer
church notes from The River, guest speaker Kristen Williams Sunday 1st April ten am