God’s Amazing LoveJerry D. Porter Intermountain District Ministry Team Retreat Trinity Pines Conf. Center September 26, 2013
God’s Amazing Love • First scripture you memorized? • For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)
God’s Amazing Love • Law of Reciprocity
God’s Amazing Love • Law of Reciprocity • God loves me
God’s Amazing Love • Law of Reciprocity • God loves me • I love God
God’s Amazing Love This is how we've come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves.1 John 3:16 (MSG)
God’s Amazing Love • New Twist on the Law of Reciprocity:
GOD ME God’s Amazing Love • New Twist on the Law of Reciprocity:
GOD ME YOU God’s Amazing Love • New Twist on the Law of Reciprocity: • God loves me . . . and I love you!
My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God.The person who refuses to love doesn't know the first thing about God, because God is love— so you can't know him if you don't love.
This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about— not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they've done to our relationship with God.
My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other.No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us— perfect love! 1 John 4:7-12 (MSG)
God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us… There is no room in love for fear… We, though, are going to love — love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.
If anyone boasts, "I love God," and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won't love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can't see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You've got to love both. 1 John 4:16-21 (MSG)
God’s Amazing Love • It is easier to love God than it is to love you • If I choose not to love you . . . I show that I do not love God • The best and perhaps the only way to say, “I love you, Lord”… is to say to you, “I love you.”
God’s Amazing Love • Third party compliments • Saying good things about you behind your back! • Be the third party • “I solemnly swear, that I resign as Intermountain District garbage distributor. I will now be the Intermountain florist!”
God’s Amazing Love • On the judgment day the Lord will separate the sheep and goats • “Lord, when did I not visit, clothe, or feed you? I love you!” • “A new commandment: love one another!” Jesus
GOD ME YOU God’s Amazing Love • New Twist on the Law of Reciprocity: • God loves me … and I love you!
GOD ME YOU God’s Amazing Love • Cleansing work of the Holy Spirit • My life is filled with God’s love!