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The Greatest Love (Week 3 Sermon)

Greatest Love LogoWeek 3 we begin to dive into the task of loving others the way that Christ has loved us.  One main thing that is crucial to understand…Loving Others with the love of God will cost us something.  It requires effort and sacrifice.

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Here are my sermon notes to follow along…

Love is a dangerous word that we use in the English language 

–My daughter loves One Direction, Dance, and Attention

–My son loves baseball, football, and avoiding cleaning his room

–My wife loves naps and the show “The Blacklist”

–I love desserts, my dog, chicken mcnuggets, and my family

It’s interesting how one word is so loosely thrown around for both the important and the trivial things in our life?  We use this word all the time!

–We love our smart phones  //  our social media  //  our country  //  the food we eat  //  Television Shows  //  our spouse  …   And We love God

It’s easy to see how Christians could so easily be confused when we talk about the concept of The Greatest Love that the world has ever known through Jesus

It’s easy to understand why people treat a Relationship with God like they treat their new iPhone…Ready for a new upgrade after “loving” it for a few months

–We talked in week 1 about how much God loved us … Enough to make the Greatest Sacrifice so that we could have an intimate relationship with him

–Last week we talked about how we can truly Experience the Love of God

Love God, Love Others, and obey His commandments

Let’s dig a little deeper into the concept of loving others the way God loves them

Remember these verses from last week…

John 15 : 12  This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.  13  There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

3 things are happening in this verse:

1.  A Reminder of something He had just told them

John 13 : 34  So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other.  Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

2.  A look at what’s coming up very soon

–Jesus has begun telling them that He will not be with them much longer

–He is letting them know that He is about to be killed and die to show His love

3.  A Challenge to look at love in a different way

–He is asking them to sacrifice more than expected to Love others

This is not a call for all of us to Die for a Friend…

This is a challenge to be willing to Give Up selfishness to Love Other People

14  You are my friends if you do what I command. 15  I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves.  Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.

This is HUGE!  

In the OT only two people are called Friends of God: Abraham and Moses

Jesus just extended this invitation to ALL who will follow Him

16  You didn’t choose me. I chose you.  I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.  17  This is my command: Love each other.

Jesus said the greatest Commandment was to love God with all that you are…

A second…and equally important…Love your neighbor as much as yourself


Here He tells the Disciples that loving others might cost them something

Producing fruit and Loving the way God loves requires a sacrifice on their part

In our world controlled by “My Way, Right Away” and a Spirit of Entitlement … 

It is difficult to find good examples of True, Pure, Godly, Unselfish, Agape Love


Jesus was our perfect example …

He was patient, gracious, forgiving and sacrificial

He gave the same love to the people that loved Him … AND … His Enemies!

Matt 5 : 44  But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!


Jesus Taught what love is … then He demonstrated with His life and Death

Then He challenged all of His followers to Love Others the way He loved us

To go deeper I want us to look together at the words in 1 John…

1 John 4 : 7  Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.  Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8  But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9  God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10  This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 11  Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.  12  No one has ever seen God.  But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

Flip that verse upside down and look at it in a different way…

–We can accept the challenge that folks are watching us so they can see God

Let this sink in… When we don’t Love Others then we are showing them the opposite of God’s Character.

Could it be that so many in our world are rejecting the Gospel because they never see God’s Salvation in the “Christians” they spend time with?

13  And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. 14  Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15  All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 16  We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.  God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17  And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.  So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

The More we Love God and seek His Kingdom…Our love Grows more perfect

As we learn more about God and Grow closer to God then we Reflect His Character

*On your own you will never be able to Love others like God loves them!*

–It is only through the redemptive work that God is doing through you that you can love


Let me help you understand this better…

How often have we heard “Love the Sinner and Hate the Sin”?

–How many of you are great at separating the sinner from the sin?

–How much time do you spend with the sinner?

–How often do you you actually pray for the sinner?

Most people are good at saying that line right before they condemn or gossip about the sinner!


Jesus was our example of Pure and Sacrificial Agape Love…

He didn’t just preach to them and love them from a distance … 

He lost his reputation in the Church world b/c He also ate dinner with the rejects, addicts, sickly, poor, and the crooks

How could Jesus Love in such a bold way w/out Fear of the opinions of others?

18  Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.  If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 19  We love each other because he loved us first. 20  If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 21  And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.

To Experience the Love of God we must Love God, Love Others, & Follow Him

–To love God means that we obey His commandments and Stay connected to Him

–To Love others means that we follow the Example of Jesus and be willing to Sacrifice

True Love for others is going to Cost you Something!  

John 15 : 12  13  There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.


“Looking for Love” (Week 1 Sermon)

“All we need is Love, all we need is love”  This could be true?  What if we could all discover true love and learn to love others truely…the world would be a different place.  In order to find love then we must define exactly what we are looking for.  Google searches confused me and quotes from “experts” didn’t help either.  In the Bible we find the parameters of true love and also the perfect example of true, beautiful, passionate love.

Click HERE to listen to the “Defining Love” sermon

“Living the Dream” (Week 4 Sermon)

All Human life is Valuable to God!  Many scriptures expose how God is involved and invested even from conception.  We are perfectly and uniquely made to accomplish the plans that God set out for us.  The origin of our dreams is found in God because we have been set apart and specifically called from the womb.  What an amazing thought to know that God loved us from the beginning and that He believes in us so much that He gave us a purpose and mission in life.  All human life is valuable to God, and is Vital to His plan.

What are you doing with you life?  Have you ever stopped to ask God “what do you want me to do with my days on earth?”.  Are you living out the plan that you have been equipped for?

Click HERE to listen to “The Origin of Your Dreams” Sermon

“Living the Dream” (Week 3 Sermon)

Everything we see and perceive is filtered through our physical world.  When we read a verse like John 10:10 that promises God will give us life to the fullest, abundantly, beyond our wildest dreams…it’s hard to not equate that promise to our physical wants and needs.  The reality of that verse is that Jesus was saying that he wants to give us true life and even that you don’t start living until you begin living for Him.  To associate this promise with possessions and health is to trivialize all that God wants to do in and through you.  Life more abundant, to the ful, beyond our dreams is all about living life with NOTHING…nothing more important than Jesus in you life.  It’s not about God taking what you have and enhancing it, It’s all about discovering all that God has in store for you.

Click HERE to listen to “Live Beyond Your Dreams” Sermon

(I apologize for the poor sound quality, we had to pull it from the Video this week)

“Living the Dream” (Week 2 Sermon)

In scripture we find that Living the dream and having the “Good Life” is only found by living in God, through Jesus.  It is a life of service and commitment to celebrate the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross.  God has a specific plan for each of us to walk out.  Living the Dream is a result of crushing our dreams and living out the life that God promises to go beyond our wildest dreams.

Click HERE to listen to “Crush Your Dreams”

“Living the Dream” (Week 1 Sermon)

We all know someone that is living the dream.  As americans we long to live out our dream life and achieve a certain status.  I believe that each one of us has the potential for greatness inside of us!  Here’s the catch…that potential is only found in living out the purpose and dream that God has placed inside of you.  Each dream is unique and individual.  We must change our measure of “greatness” and success from comparing ourselves to others.  Our only standard should be whether we are living out the life that God has planned for us.  Our source of joy is when we allow God’s plan to grow because of our obedience to Him…that is when we find life that is overflowing and start “living the dream”.

Click HERE to listen to “Harvesting your Dream” sermon

“Hello My Name is…” (Week 8 Sermon)

One of the last acts of Jesus’ earthly ministry before His crucifixion was to give the disciples a reminder of His sacrifice and love.  He taught them how to remember and respect what He did for us on the cross.  This sermon is all about the last supper of Christ and how we as modern day Christians should honor this act.

Click HERE to listen to “Hello my name is …Jesus” (Part 3)