Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by projection from the message, and discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Matthew opened our time together by leading the church in a responsive reading from Psalm 33.
John Buffington led us in a Prayer of Confession and we sang His Mercy is More.
Matthew led a special time of child dedications in which Travis Hickenbottom and Katheryn House-Hickenbottom dedicated their son Jacob, and Curtis and Charity Taylor dedicated their son Lincoln.
After the child dedications, Matthew spent time praying specifically for fathers in our church family and community.
Chris preached the message, “God-Honoring Love” as the next in our current series, Assured of Salvation. The scripture for the message was taken from 1 John 4:7-12. To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.
Morgan Swank shared a word of prophecy from Psalm 119:160.
Josh closed our time together with a benediction.
Projection from the message:
In our culture, the love of God has been purged of anything the culture finds uncomfortable. It has been sanitized, democratized, and above all, sentimentalized. – D.A. Carson
“For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” – 1 John 3:11
“Jesus said: A new commandment I give to you that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are to love one another.” – John 13:34
“ Human love , however noble, and however highly motivated, falls short if it refuses to include the father and son as the supreme objects of its affection”. – I. Howard Marshall
1. Chris said that we have so much to celebrate as believers, the celebration should consume our whole lives. How does this look practically in the life of a parent? A spouse? A single person?
2. What is the definition and origination of love? If God is love, can things done that go against His character or commandments ever be done in true love?
3. What examples have you seen of others operating in the name of “love” but are not holding to God’s holiness and statutes? How have you been guilty of this as well? As believers, what should our response be toward those who struggle with this misunderstanding?
4. How have you witnessed God’s steadfast faithfulness and love for you in the course of your life?