Sunday August 21, 2011

Without humanly planning ahead God led the worship leader’s  message in song and the preacher’s  message from the word to perfectly dovetail together like a fine crafted piece of furniture.   Well, we shouldn’t be surprised.  Jesus was a carpenter and still meets with us when we gather to worship God corporately.

The message today was about God’s love for us and our response  of love to Him. We love because He first loved us.  We can love God for eternity because He, being eternal, gives eternal gifts to us.   Give the message a listen to find out about God’s 9 eternal gifts for every disciple of Jesus who has been born into His kingdom.

Title: Loving God for Eternity

Side note:  This message needs to be balanced out with a second message of emphasizing that if we love God we will obey Him.    Jesus said,  “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” ( John 14:15) and ” By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.  These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.  “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.   Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.   You are my friends if you do what I command you.   No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.  These things I command you, so that you will love one another” (John 15:8-17).