Sunday, September 6, 2020

Joy

Temple Baptist Church - 9-6-2020

Galatians 5:22-23

 

Introduction: 

 

A.  As we study the filling of the Spirit in the believer, we are looking closely at the “fruit of the Spirit.”  Fruit on a tree of bush speaks of either good attachment and much fruit or poor attachment and little or no fruit.  The fruit of the Spirit is singular but manifesting itself in nine different aspect.  To be biblically filled with the Spirit is to have ALL nine.

 

B.  As a trichotomy, we are soul—self-conscious, body—world conscious, and spirit—God conscious.  Three of the aspects of the fruit of the Spirit are inward—the soul, three are outward—the body, and three are upward—the spirit.

 

C.  Last week, we saw the most important of the inward three, love.  Without love, we are nothing!

 

D.  The second aspect of the inward is Joy.  Without joy, you will never endure; you will just become another statistic; one who started but did not finish; one who became a burden instead of their intended blessing; one having to be visited instead of one who visits; one who must be earnestly prayed for instead of one who earnestly prays; one who must be helped instead of one who helps.  There are too many of God’s people who have fallen to the wayside and find in comfortable.

 

E.  Most Christians today live in discouragement with little or no real joy.  This has been a year of change and the changes have not been good ones.  People are learning to survive while living in fear and restrictions to liberty.  God never intended for us to survive; He intends for us to flourish!

 

F.  I have not been a fan.  I have tried to live in encouragement and refuse to live in fear.  I have tried to maintain normalcy as much as possible but, at times, despite every effort, the “new normal” has adversely affected all of us.

 

2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 

G.  Yet, we have:

 

1.  Fears about the Virus.

 

2.  Fears about the Future.

 

3.  Fears about our Families.

 

4.  Fears about the direction of our Country.

 

H.  Joy defined:

 

JOY, The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good.

 

Romans 15:13  Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

 

Romans 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 

J.  For the Christian, true joy is found despite circumstances, not in circumstances.

 

1.  Our Example - Isaiah 53:3-5  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  (4)  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  (5)  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

 

John 15:11  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 

John 17:13  And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

 

2.  Our Exhortation - 1 John 1:4  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

 

2 Corinthians 7:4  Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

 

2 Corinthians 8:2  How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.

 

Colossians 1:11  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

 

1 Thessalonians 1:6  And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

 

1.  The Joy Of Salvation - Psalms 35:9  And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.

Psalms 51:12  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

Psalms 132:16  I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.

Isaiah 12:3  Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

 

2.  The Joy Of Understanding God’s Word - Nehemiah 8:9-12  And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.  Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.  So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.  And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.

 

3.  The Joy Of Worship - Nehemiah 12:43-46  Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.  And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited.  And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, according to the commandment of David, and of Solomon his son.  For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.

 

4.  The Joy Of Going To Church - Psalms 42:4  When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

 

a.  The Joy Of Singing - Psalms 95:1  O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

 

Psalms 95:2  Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

 

Psalms 98:4  Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

 

b.  The Joy Of Praise - Psalms 27:6  And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

 

5.  The Joy Of Hope - Psalms 30:5  For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

 

6.  The Joy Of Eternity - Psalms 16:8-11  I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.  Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

 

1 Peter 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

 

Jude 24  Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

 

7.  The Joy Of Sinners Saved - Luke 15:10  Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

 

8.  The Joy Of A Finished Course - Acts 20:24  But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

 

9.  The Joy Of The Saviour - 1 Peter 1:8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

 

Psalms 16:11  Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Seven Sealed Book

 Temple Baptist Church - 8-30-2020

Revelation 5:1-9

 

Introduction:

 

A.  Chapters 4-5 find the Church raptured out and gathered in heaven with all the saints of God from both Old and New Testaments.  What a reunion day that will be.

 B.  Chapter 6 shows the introduction of Anti-Christ at the beginning of the Tribulation Period.  Chapter 6 begins with the word “and” to show that chapters 4-6 are simultaneous events.  At the rapture of the Church, we are now in heaven while we find (2 Thessalonians 2) the introduction of “that wicked.”

 

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,  (2)  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.  (3)  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  (4)  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.  (5)  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?  (6)  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.  (7)  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.  (8)  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  (9)  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  (10)  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  (11)  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  (12)  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

C.  As we worship God and revel is the glories of heaven, the world enters the judgement of God: Jacob’s Trouble or the Tribulation Period.

 

Daniel 9:24  Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

 

D.  We saw the unity of God in the “one sat” upon the throne and God the Father sitting with the Seven Sealed Book in His hand.

 

E.  This is not the closed book that Daniel sealed as the Book of Revelation opened that one for us. 

 

Daniel 12:1-4  And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.  (2)  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  (3)  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.  (4)  But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

 

Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase: Here, Daniel is describing a characteristic of the time of the end. Many take this prediction as being fulfilled in both the ability to travel quickly and also the busyness of these last days (run to and fro) and information explosions of the past two centuries (knowledge shall increase) of our modern age.

 

F.  This Seven Sealed Book holds the Seven Seals of the Judgment of God to be opened by the Judge, Jesus Christ, at the beginning of the Tribulation Period of Jacob’s Trouble.  This a book that the Father holds in His hand is as old as time.

 

Acts 15:18  Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

 

G.  All Judgment is given to Christ.

 

John 5:22  For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

 

2 Timothy 4:1  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

 

Two classes of people—quick are the saved, dead are the unsaved—two judgments—Judgment Seat of Christ and the Great White Throne—two appearances—his appearing, the rapture of the church and the Second Coming.

 

Psalms 50:1-6  A Psalm of Asaph. The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.  (2)  Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.  (3)  Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.  (4)  He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.  (5)  Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.  (6)  And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.

 

Psalms 96:10-13  Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.  (11)  Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.  (12)  Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice  (13)  Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

 

1.  The Scroll.  The Seven Sealed Book.  The Seven Seals hold the Seven-Fold Judgment of God during the Tribulation Period.

 

Revelation 5:1  And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

 

Revelation 6:1  And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

 

With the opening of each of the seven seals, we find a different aspect of the judgment of God on Israel and the occupants of the earth.

 

2.  The Subject of the Book.  The judgment of Christ Jesus upon:

 

a.  Those who have rejected the gospel and person of Jesus Christ: His great salvation.

 

John 3:18-21  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  (19)  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  (20)  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  (21)  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

 

John 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  (9)  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  (10)  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  (11)  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  (12)  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

b.  The Nation of Israel who rejected the Messiah, God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

 

Revelation 5:1-2  And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.  (2)  And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?  (Revelation 6:1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12; 8:1)

 

John 1:11  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

 

Isaiah 53:1-3  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?  (2)  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.  (3)  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

 

Romans 10:16-21  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  (17)  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  (18)  But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.  (19)  But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.  (20)  But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.  (21)  But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

 

Luke 19:41-44  And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,  (42)  Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.  (43)  For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,  (44)  And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

 

Matthew 23:37-39  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  (38)  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.  (39)  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

 

3.  The Search – From Adam of the Old Testament to John the Revelator of the New Testament, none was found worthy. 

 

Revelation 5: 3  fcAnd no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

 

a.  No Person, no Prophet, no Powerful King, no Priest, no Apostle, no Martyr, no one was worthy to judge.

 

b.  Jesus Christ is the righteous judge and the only One who has the right to judge.  His judgments will be perfect.

 

4.  The Sadness – This same sadness at the seemingly lack of justice on earth exists today as God’s people ask the question, “How long, O Lord?”

 

Revelation 5:4  And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

 

a.  Dr. R. G. Lee preached the message, “Payday Some Day.”  As the old preacher once said, “There is coming a great “recompencing day.”

 

b.  God is keeping score and, at the right time, will perfectly judge both the rejection of the Messiah by Israel along with the rejection of Christ by individuals.

 

5.  The Sovereign – A Lion was expected but a slain Lamb came forth.

 

Revelation 5:12  Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

 

Jeremiah 30:7-10  Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.  (8)  For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:  (9)  But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.  (10)  Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.

The Fruit of The Spirit - Love

Temple Baptist Church - 8-30-2020

Ephesians 5:17-21; Galatians 5:13-24

 

Introduction: 

 

A.  The Fruit Bearing of Salvation – John 15:1-2, 5  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  (Notice three phases that show fruit bearing is progressive and a result of growing spiritually.)

 

Matthew 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

 

1.  The fruit of holiness brings blessing - Romans 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

 

2.  The fruit of the flesh brings death - Romans 7:5  For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

 

B.  The Fruit Bearing of The Spirit.

 

Ephesians 5:9  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

 

Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

C.  It is important to note the order of the nine aspects of spiritual fruit.  The soul or heart comes first as it dictates the outcome of the other two parts. 

 

1.  Man is a trichotomy or three in one—soul which is self-conscious, body which is world conscious, and spirit which is God conscious.  If the heart is not right, then our relationship with both man and God will not be right!

 

2.  Three are inward which shows the condition of our soul: love, joy, peace.

 

3.  Three are outward which is how we treat others: longsuffering, gentleness, goodness.

 

4.  Three are upward which is how we approach God: faith, meekness, temperance.

 

5.  If the soul, or heart of man, is not right—then our relationship with others and God will not be right.

 

D.  How we walk spiritually decides what fruit we bear inwardly, outwardly, and upwardly.

 

Ephesians 5: 6-9  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 

 

1.  Goodness is inward as it dictates the condition of the heart of man.  We often use the phrase “he is a good man” or “she is a good woman.”

 

2.  Righteousness is outward and has to do with what we do works or righteousness.  The inward dictates the outward.

 

3.  Truth is upward as we are to worship God in spirit and truth.  We cannot be right with God if we are not both inwardly right and outwardly right!

 

E.  There are nine aspects of the fruit of the Spirit listed.  To be filled with the Spirit is to possess all nine! 

 

F.  The Bible deals with the inward first because it is the inward that dictates the outward and upward.

 

G.  The first aspect of the fruit of the Spirit is love.  As the love of money is the root of all evil, the love that God instills within His children is the root of all righteousness.

 

 

H.  If we are filled with the Spirit, we will love.  I want to open this morning with the importance of love.  In 1 Corinthians, chapter 13, we find the word “charity” used.  Charity is an aspect of love but love covers a lot of ground.  Charity is brotherly love so I will be careful not to take a verse out of context.

 

1 Corinthians 13:13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.  (When dealing with spiritual gifts, both passing and permanent, the Bible gives the importance of charity, i.e. brotherly love.  The greatest gift that we have withing the local church is charity or brotherly love.  Charity covers a multitude of sins!  If we love right, we will interact right!)

 

J.  When we are saved, at that moment, the Holy Ghost of God enters and indwells the believer and we become filled with love.

 

Romans 5:5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  (The world has love but it is often misdirected or misused.  The child of God has “the love of God” and the Bible says that “God is love!”)

 

 

 

1.  We Will Love The Lord – Ephesians 6:24  Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

 

a.  It Is A Submissive Love - John 14:21  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

 

John 14:23-24  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.   He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

 

b.  It Is A Serving Love - 1 Corinthians 5:14-15  For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:  And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again

 

c.  It Is A Sacrificial Love - 2 Corinthians 8:8-9  I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.  For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

 

d.  It Is A Surpassing Love - John 21:15  So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

 

2.  We Will Love One Another - John 13:34-35  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

 

a.  It Is A Witnessing Love - John 13:35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

b.  It Is An Assuring Love - 1 John 3:14  We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

 

c.  It Is A Forgiving Love - Ephesians 4:31-32  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

 

d.  It Is A Compassionate Love - John 15:12-13  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

 

1 John 3:17  But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

 

e.  It Is A Sincere Love - Romans 12:9-10  Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-7  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

 

Galatians 5:13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

 

3.  We Will Love Sinners

 

Romans 13:9-10  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

 

4.  We Will Love God’s Word

 

a.  We will highly esteem it - Job 23:12  Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

 

b.  We will meditate in it - Psalms 1:1-2  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

 

c.  We will obey it - 1 John 5:1-3  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

 

5.  We Will Love God’s House

 

a.  Shown through faithfulness - If the everyone came as often as you, what kind of church would we have?

 

b.  Shown through willingness to help and work - If everyone did as much as you do, would the work of the Lord get done?

 

c.  Shown through participation - How often do you attend extra-curricular activities

 

Conclusion:  God’s love is something that does something to us and then does something through us.