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Mar 18, 2013

Experiencing God Together - LOVE

Matthew 22:34-40; John 13:33-35; Revelation 2:1-7


The Greatest Commandment . . . (Matthew 22:34-40)


1.  Love God“and you shall love the Lord your God . . .”

o   Heart—my emotions

o   Soul—my life

o   Mind—intellect; understanding; insight


It Looks like . . .

o   Obeying His commandments (John 14:15, 21)

o   Keeping His Word (John 14:23-24)

o   Denying self (surrender) and following Jesus (Luke 9:23)


2.  Love People“and you shall love your neighbor as yourself . . .”


Truth Statement: 

            God’s redemptive message hangs upon these two realities. 


A New Commandment . . . (John 13:34-35)


·         Love one another so that the world will know that you are a disciple of Jesus.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging symbol.”  1 Corinthians 13:1


The Warning . . . (Revelation 2:1-7)


·         Pursuing what is good and right does not produce a love for God.  However, pursuing a love relationship with God produces a desire for what is good and right.


Truth Statement: 


            Right actions, without love, is pious moralism.