Falling in love again • Our values include relationship and shared life • I spoke a few years ago on “The key to everything” • Amarh last week - Abiding in the Vine • Our relationship with God is paramount
Restoring Relationship • Why did Jesus die? - The Atonement • to pay for sin • to defeat the enemy • to restore relationship • Man was made in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27); Trinity • God walked and talked with mankind (Gen 3:8 ff)
Busy doing nothing • The letter to the Ephesians (Rev 2:1-7) • I know your deeds and your perseverance v2 • BUT they count for nothing • this I have against you, that you have left (aphiemi) your first love v4 (could cost you your lampstand) • To him who overcomes… to eat of the tree of life v7
Martha & Mary (Luke 10:38-42) • Martha • distracted with all her preparations • worried about so many things • Mary • sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to His word • Jesus • only one thing necessary • Mary has chosen the good part
Works - bearing fruit (John 14) • Work stems from law - got to, ought to, should, must… • Fruit grows where there is life v10 • by your fruit you will be known • Faith without works is dead (James 2:14-18) • Love without fruit is dead (1 John 3:1-10) - life comes from love
The Chicken & the Egg • What comes first? • The relationship or… • worship • reading the word • prayer • Leading to… • service • the fruit of the Spirit
Our wonderful Jesus • Not intended to leave us with sense of I have missed it • But “Oh! There is so much more.” • As we fix our eyes upon Him… • as we consider Him… • as we see Him as He is… • May we fall in love with Him all over again.