"LOVING WELL MATTERS" 3rd Sunday of the Resurrection

SERMON NOTES:  

3rd Sunday of the Resurrection

What day is today?        Resurrection Day
Which means?                 I get to fear less, hope more and love well!

1 John 4 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

2 Corinthians 5 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ. 

Philippians 1:9-11 So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately.

1 Corinthians 13 Love is…   
                     patient,
                     kind,

                     not jealous,
                     not boastful,
                     not proud
                     not rude
                     not self-seeking
                    not irritable,
                    not keeping a list of wrongs,
                    not rejoicing in evil but
                          rejoicing in the truth,

                   always protects,
                   always believes,
                   always hopes,
                   always endures.                                                    
    Love       never fails.                   

How do the 5 Love Languages help me love well?     

     Words of Affirmation -
     Quality Time -
  Receiving Gifts -
     Physical Touch-
     Acts of Service

How does my “old self” respond?    How does my “new self” respond?

Study Guide

Solitude, Scripture & Prayer 

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend TWO minutes quietly alone.  Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? 

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Finish - Spend TWO minutes again with God

The readings this week take us deep into the source of true love and the capacity to love well – Jesus!  Ruminating on these verses will help your receive the power of the love and life of Jesus who is Risen from the dead.

Monday – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Tuesday – 1 John 4:7-12

Wednesday – Ephesians 3:14-19

Thursday – Ephesians 4:29-5:2

Friday – Philippians 1:3-12

Saturday – 1 John 3:11-20

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