Theme verse - My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
My fear is that people will become content to live without the fire, the power, the excitement, the supernatural element that makes us great. -John Wesley
Why would they do that? It was an Irresistible Love.
How do we experience it? By becoming;
- A people who are caught up in passionate worship of the Risen Lord. All In
- A people who are at peace with God and at peace with each other. At Peace
- A people who are focused on building the Kingdom of God, not their own kingdom or denominational kingdom. Surrendered
- A people whose hearts are turned outward in love that results in the conversion of lost people.
- A people who are actively engaged with their community in a way that transforms their community.
Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely, he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. Psalm 112:5-6
- Give in such a way that my life outlives me.
- Live in such a way that my life outlives me.
Two Great Questions Asked at Judgment
What did you do with Jesus?
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. (Revelation 20:11-12)
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matthew 7:21-23
What did you do with what I gave you?
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10
For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. Matthew 16:27
A Selfless Person Intentionally gives
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11
A Selfless Person Intentionally Serves
Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:26-28
Selfless Person Intentionally shares Christ.
We are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT
Jesus said to His followers, “Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone.” Mark 16:15 NCV
There is more to this life than this life
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19