Level-Up Love: Learning How to Love More
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07-Jul-19: Unconvetional Love
God has demonstrated His unconditional love to us. As Christians, we ought to imitate His love and share it to others. Showing “agape” love to others could be quite difficult so let’s instead show others the unconventional love. Let’s love radically as we try to Level-Up as followers of Christ!
Stage 1: Refuse to Retaliate (Luke 6:29-30)
Contrary to popular belief of ‘don’t get mad, get even’ Jesus states “But to you who are listening I say: If someone slaps you on one cheek, tur to them the other also..”
Stage 2: Realize the Rule of Relationship (Luke 6: 31)
After refusing to retaliate, Jesus further commands “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Stage 3: Recognize our Role (Luke 6: 32-35)
At stage three, Jesus elaborates on who to love: “..But love your enemies, do good to them..”
Stage 4: Resemble His Righteousness (Luke 6:36-37)
The last stage is a call to action; These are not just stages to attain and complete, but a lifestyle to follow.
14-Jul-19: Why We Need Love that Levels Up by Dr. Narry Santos
WHY WE NEED LOVE THAT LEVELS UP
(1 John 4:7-21)
Our new summer sermon series is entitled, “Level-Up Love: Learning How to Love More.” “Level-Up” love is the kind of love that seeks to love more than we are used to loving. In the 4-part series, we will talk about how “Level-up” love shows itself in showing more kindness, patience, & perseverance. Using 1 John 4:7-21, I will open the series by answering the question, “Why do we need love that levels up?”
I. BECAUSE GOD LOVES US COMPLETELY (4:9-10, 19)
Love begins with love (4:10). God loved us first (4:19), showing that He took the initiative to love us. He showed this love clearly & completely in Jesus (4:9; cf. John 13:1). God is light (1:5), love (4:10), & life (5:20). Because He is so, God gave us light, love, & life. So, our response will be: “I believe God loves me. I accept His love.”
II. BECAUSE GOD COMMANDS US TO LOVE (4:11)
Since God loved us, He commands us to also love others (4:11). Love for others becomes the expression of our love for God (cf. Mark 12:30-31). We cannot really love God, if we hate others (1 John 4:7-8, 20-21). So, our response will be: “I will love others, because God loves me.”
III. BECAUSE GODLY LOVE COMPLETES US (4:12, 17)
Loving others fills us more with God’s love, makes us live out our full potential, & fulfills us. In other words, godly love completes us (4:12, 17). Note: We are most fulfilled when we love others. But this love can only complete us when we mutually love one another (cf. John 15:11-12, 17). So, our response will be: “We will love one another.”
21-Jul-19: Love Levels Up with Perseverance by Ptr. Marvin
WHY WE NEED LOVE THAT LEVELS UP
What is Perseverance
Trials and Perseverance
Focus in Perseverance
Goal of Perseverance
Love Perseveres through our emotions – John 4:24
Love Perseveres through our preference – 1 John 4:19
Love Perseveres through our weaknesses – 2 Timothy 1:7
28-Jul-19: Love Levels Up with Patience by Dr. Narry Santos
LOVE LEVELS UP WITH PATIENCE
(James 5:7-11; 1 Peter 2:20-23)
Today, we continue our summer mini-sermon series entitled “Level-Up Love: Learning How to Love More” with patience. “Patience” (makrothumia), which means “longsuffering,” comes from the mix of two Greek words macros (“distant, long”) & thumos (“outbursts of anger, rage, wrath, fierce, passion”). In other words, patience is slow in becoming resentful. It occurs 25 times in the N.T. (in Paul, Peter, & James), in the contexts of suffering, steadfastness, & spiritual strength. How then do we grow in patience?
I. LEARN THE EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE WITH STEADFASTNESS
Patient people are strong & steadfast. We can learn such steadfastness from 6 models of patience: (1) Noah (1 Pet. 3:20); (2) Abraham (Heb. 6:12-15); (3) Job (Jam. 5:11); (4) prophets (Jam. 5:10); (5) Jesus (1 Pet. 2:21-23); & (6) farmers (Jam. 5:7-9). In light of these models, let’s decide to become patient by not grumbling (Jam. 5:9), as others did before us. Let’s determine to be “patient with everyone” (1 Thes. 5:14) “until the Lord’s coming” (Jam. 5:7).
II. LIVE WITH ENDURANCE & PERSEVERE IN SUFFERING
Patience endures & perseveres in suffering (1 Pet. 2:20). It stands firm or strengthens the heart (Jam. 5:8) during trials (Jam. 1:2-4, 12). A practical plan of action to develop such endurance & perseverance is wise anger management: (1) break your pattern of anger (Prov. 29:11; 25:28; Eph. 4:26-27); (2) guard your relationships (Prov. 15:1); (3) release your worries to God (Phil. 4:6-7; 2 Pet. 3:9, 15); (4) find your support system in a small group (Eccl. 4:9-12). In other words, desire & design a life of enduring patience.