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Loving One Another (Part 3)

Sermon Notes: Pastor Milton Vincent
September 16, 2012-Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church

Starting in Romans 12:1, Paul shows us the things we are to get up and do in response to the Gospel truths he has already presented. Chapter 12, verse 9, he teaches us what Agape love is and how to show it.

EIGHT WAYS TO SHOW AGAPE LOVE TO ONE ANOTHER

Romans 12:9-11

Review: Part 2
1. Let go of hypocrisy. (v. 9)
2. Hate evil. (v. 9)
3. Cling to what is good. (v. 9)
4. Be devoted to one another as family. (v. 10)
5. Take the initiative in treating each other with honor. (v. 10)

Part 3:
Be swift, not slothful in serving one another. (v. 11)
-Diligence=swiftness to act, persistence, earnestness and conscientiousness in acting.
-Making every effort to serve.
-Not lagging behind or viewing what must be done as too much trouble.
-See Phil. 3:1; Heb. 12:2; Rom 2:4
-Jesus had is eyes so much on the joy set before Him that the shame and suffering He endured on the cross was nothing to Him. No trouble at all.
-When we get to heaven we will be amazed at the trouble Jesus went through for us. He looks at all of that trouble (leaving heaven, living as a man, suffering and dying) as nothing (so to speak).

The way of the cross is to serve one another as Christ served us. Don’t make a list of things you have to do, but look at Jesus instead and be changed by what He already did for you.

7. Maintain a fervency of spirit, expressing itself in serving one another.
-Fervent=boiling over
-Love others by keeping myself from becoming lukewarm or cold spiritually.
-Love others by nurturing a boiling over of spirit which will express itself in service to others.
-Boiling over in spirit is a choice, yet more than a choice. We must locate ourselves next to a heat source. The Gospel is that heat source! (See Rom. 1-11)
-Rom. 1:16; The Gospel is the power of God! Locate your heart there and let your heart be set on fire!
-We best serve others by the boiling over of the Gospel in our lives.
-Nurture the boiling over by spending time with God, the consuming fire. Be intentional about it.

8. Serve one another with a mindfulness that we are serving the Lord Jesus. (v. 11)
-Doing our work as a slave whose work is directed by his Master’s will.
-From the beginning to the end of every day as being under the rule of Jesus. When we serve one another, we are serving Him.
-See Matt. 25, “…as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
-Serve one another ultimately to please the Lord, not as a man-pleaser.
-Serve one another in the Lord, as His representative.

We serve with the wrong motive when we serve to please others. It is Jesus who is my Master.


Loving One Another (Part 2)

Sermon Notes: Pastor Milton Vincent
September 2, 2012-Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church

Paul is teaching us how to do life to God’s Glory.
Romans 12:9-11

EIGHT WAYS TO SHOW AGAPE LOVE TO ONE ANOTHER (Part 2)

1. Let go of hypocrisy. (v. 9)
-Stop hiding.
-Stop pretense.
-Agape love strips us of hypocrisy.

2. Hate evil. (v. 9)
-Intolerant of evil.
-Not laughing at evil.
-Vehemently despise evil.

3. Cling to what is good. (v. 9)
-To Scripture.
-To mercy, grace, virtue.
-Habits and disciplines that enrich your relationship with God and others.

4. Be devoted to one another  as family. (v. 10)
-The word here means “family affection”.
-Be devoted to one another with family affection/brotherly love.
-It’s not just an analogy. We are indeed family!
-The institution of family here on earth is a shadow pointing to the family of Christ.
 -We are blood relatives. We are related by the blood of Christ.

5. Take the initiative in treating one another with honor. (v. 10-11)
-Honor = valuing as precious. Esteeming others.
-Seeing others as valuable. Christ died for them.
-Honor others before they honor you. Outdo one another in honoring one another.
-Don’t withhold honoring others because of their behavior. Don’t let their behavior dictate whether you obey God’s command to honor others.

We are the daily recipients of a Savior who honored us with His love before we honored Him. He didn’t wait for us to clean up our act before He honored us with His love.


Responding To Christ’s Love

Sermon Notes-Pastor Carlos Cuellar
April 1, 2012-Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church

This morning’s text: John 15:9-12

FIVE WAYS JESUS WANTS YOU TO RESPOND TO HIS LOVE

1. Know how greatly you are loved. (v.9)
-Jesus had already been loving His disciples, and now He was just hours away from demonstrating His love to the fullest (the cross).
-Love: strong and intimate feelings that drive intense actions.
-The same love that Jesus experienced in the Godhead is the same love we receive from Him.
-We are invited into this divine, Triune love, greater than all other loves.
-Jeremiah 1:5
-Despite our sin, He has set His love on us. It is unconditional. Nothing can change it.
-His love for us is purposeful: for our good and His glory.
-So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us…(1 John 4:16). Know it and believe it!

"ὁ θεòς ἀγάπη ἐστίν" ó theòs agape e...

"ὁ θεòς ἀγάπη ἐστίν" ó theòs agape estín (Greek; trans. "God is love") on a stele in Mount Nebo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Abide in Christ and His love. (v. 9)
-Abide: live inside of, remain in, locate yourself in.
-This is union with Christ, never being independent or apart from Him.
-Abiding, continual, life-long, moment by moment.
-Abiding requires a certain posture:
dependence-We are nothing without Him. We need Him or we wither and die.
trust-Trust in His love, the greatest love of all.
submission-This is a dying that leads to life.
-We are transformed and His love is perfected in us. We begin to love Christ and other people. (See 1 John 4:16-19.)

3. Let the love of  Christ motivate you to live for Him. (v. 10)
-John is NOT saying:
If  we don’t obey perfectly He removes His love.
We must earn His love through obedience.
-But, John is saying:
Love for Christ is motivation to obedience and a life lived for Him. (2 Cor. 5:14-15)
His commands are an expression of His love toward us. We experience His love inside of His commands.
-1 John 5:3

4. Find your greatest joy in Christ’s love. (v. 11)
-Knowing and abiding in His love brings joy.
-Obedience brings joy.
-A complete joy that transcends all other joys.
-Ps. 16:11
-Joy that is tethered to Christ’s love, so it can never be taken away.

5. Love Others like Christ has loved you. (v. 12)
-Just as you have been loved by Christ, love others.
-A summary of Christ’s law and His heart.
-His love does not stop with us, but flows through us and outward to others.
-This kind of love (loving other sinful people) is impossible without Christ.
-How did Jesus love us?
Selfless love
Sacrificial love
Unconditional love
Committed love

Love others how Jesus loves us. Selflessly, sacrificially, unconditionally, committed.


One Great Love

Author: Bagande

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In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
1 John 4:9

Today is Valentine’s Day.

May you enjoy the relationship you may have with your special someone. May you look to your family and friends with an increased measure of tender-hearted loving-kindness. Celebrate the richness of love in this life, every good and perfect gift coming down from the Father of lights. 

But remember that the symbols we choose to express our love for one another this day, although sweet enough in their own right, will soon fade away. The box of chocolates sits empty, the bouquet of flowers withers and dies.

Those of us who belong to Christ do well to remember a greater love. God’s love that never wavers nor fades. God’s love, based neither on sentimentalities nor conditions put upon our behavior, is a love built upon the bedrock of grace and the solid rock of the Gospel. God’s love is more immense and more profound than we could ever imagine. He loved us before the foundation of the world. His love is for us. His love redeems us. His love empowers us. For us a gracious and merciful miracle of love. 

We know a love that flows from the Sovereign hand of the One true God who works every circumstance that He allows into our lives for good. Because He loved us, He sent His Son to die so that we might be forgiven our sins (and, oh how easy the words, “forgiven our sins” slip off the tongue and so often without contemplating the tremendous price paid for such a love as this!) For God so loved the world!

For us who believe, a Valentine’s Day message divine in scope and measured out in eternity. In Christ, a transforming, conforming, metamorphosing love.

Proclaim today, not only the blessing of love we enjoy between each other, but a love that trumps all other loves, the love of the Father toward us for the sake of His beloved Son.

This, our One Great Love. 

Surely, of all people, we have something to celebrate!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel


A Quick Catechism – Philippians 1:9-11

Catechism: instruction by a series of questions and answers

I keep a journal where I write down thoughts, prayers, sermon notes, Bible study notes, and morning meditations, etc. Every so often, I find that using a catechism format is a good way to slow down my thought process and think about what I am reading. Here’s an example:

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.  -Philippians 1:9-11

Q. Who is speaking and what is the purpose of this section?
A. Paul is praying for the Philippians that their love may abound more and more.

Q. In what way does Paul pray that love may abound more and more?
A. Paul prays that love may abound more and more in knowledge and discernment.

Q. To what end may love abound in knowledge and discernment?
A. So that the Philippians would be able to approve what is excellent.

Q. What is the result of being able to approve what is excellent?
A. The Philippians would be pure and blameless and filled with the fruit of righteousness for the day of Christ.

Q. Where does the fruit of righteousness come from and how does it fill us?
A. The fruit of righteousness comes from and through Jesus Christ.

Q. What purpose is accomplished when the Philippians are filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes from Jesus Christ?
A. All to the glory and praise of God! 

Notes:
Christian love is more than sentimentalism (not to say that the emotions are totally uninvolved), but is based on knowledge and discernment resulting in our being able to embrace what is excellent. In this way we are able to (gladly!) put aside the things that would hinder our relationship with Christ and keep us from living joyful, fruitful lives until the day when our blessed Hope is realized, the appearing of Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). And how is all of this made possible? Enter the Gospel! We love because He first loved us (I John 4:19). It is because of and through the Lord Jesus that our love is able to abound more and more. It is because of and through the Lord Jesus and His loving sacrifice for us that we can know and mirror His true and lasting love.  There is a connection between abounding love and the glory and praise of God.

Make this (Philippians 1:9-11) a prayer for yourself and your loved ones.

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel


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