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"Love For... Community"

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"Love For... Community"

  1. 1. Love for… Community How can we love God? Where is our Community?
  2. 2. Mark 12:29-31 ESV Jesus answered, “The most importantis, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[30] And you shall love the Lord your God with all yourheart and with all your soul and with all your mind andwith all your strength.’ [31] The second is this: ‘You shalllove your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no othercommandment greater than these.”
  3. 3. Luke 6:27-36 “But I say to you who hear, Love yourenemies, do good to those who hate you, [28] bless thosewho curse you, pray for those who abuse you. [29] To onewho strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, andfrom one who takes away your cloak do not withholdyour tunic either. [30] Give to everyone who begs fromyou, and from one who takes away your goods do notdemand them back. [31] And as you wish that otherswould do to you, do so to them.
  4. 4. [32] “If you love those who love you, what benefit is thatto you? For even sinners love those who love them.[33] And if you do good to those who do good to you,what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.[34] And if you lend to those from whom you expect toreceive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend tosinners, to get back the same amount.
  5. 5. [35] But love your enemies, and do good, and lend,expecting nothing in return, and your reward will begreat, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kindto the ungrateful and the evil. [36] Be merciful, even asyour Father is merciful.
  6. 6. • Wasn’t Jesus Speaking this Ethic to Jewish People?• Weren’t the neighbors – their Jewish brothers?• Didn’t God want Israel in the OT to destroy the neighbor, be circumcised and not intermarry with the non-Jew?
  7. 7. Jesus Recovered the Ancient Ethic of God’s Love for the Nations and Neighbors – Israel’s Original Purpose – to Bless Think About… Cain and Able Noah’s Pleas to the Nations God’s Promise to Abram Jonah and Nineveh
  8. 8. God Has a Heart for the Nations and Our NeighborsPsalm 22:27 All the ends of the earth shall remember andturn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shallworship before you.Isaiah 2:2 It shall come to pass in the latter days that themountain of the house of the LORD shall be established asthe highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up abovethe hills; and all the nations shall flow to it,
  9. 9. God Has a Heart for the Nations and Our NeighborsIsaiah 49:6 “It is too light a thing that you should be myservant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring backthe preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for thenations, that my salvation may reach to the end of theearth.”
  10. 10. Luke 24:44-49 Then he said to them, “These are my wordsthat I spoke to you while I was still with you, thateverything written about me in the Law of Moses and theProphets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” [45] Then heopened their minds to understand the Scriptures, [46] andsaid to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ shouldsuffer and on the third day rise from the dead,
  11. 11. [47] and that repentance and forgiveness of sins shouldbe proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning fromJerusalem. [48] You are witnesses of these things.[49] And behold, I am sending the promise of my Fatherupon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed withpower from on high.”
  12. 12. If we are going to love our neighbor, what do we need toknow about Jesus?Jesus Christ is the Prophesied Messiah Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”
  13. 13. If we are going to love our neighbor, what do we need toknow about Jesus?Jesus Christ Explains Scripture “Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures…”
  14. 14. If we are going to love our neighbor, what do we need toknow about Jesus?Jesus Christ is the Risen Son of God “…and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,
  15. 15. If we are going to love our neighbor, what do we need toknow about Jesus?Jesus Christ is Motivated to Communicate to the World “…and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations…” A. Repentance – Action of Our Heart B. Forgiveness – Action of God’s Heart
  16. 16. If we are going to love our neighbor, what do we need toknow about Jesus?Jesus Christ Loved – Even His Enemies “…beginning from Jerusalem.”
  17. 17. If we are going to love our neighbor, what do we need toknow about Jesus?Jesus Christ Sent His Spirit to Help You are witnesses of these things. [49] And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
  18. 18. John 15:26-27 “But when the Helper comes, whom I willsend to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, whoproceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.[27] And you also will bear witness, because you havebeen with me from the beginning.
  19. 19. Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “Allauthority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.[19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Sonand of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe allthat I have commanded you. And behold, I am with youalways, to the end of the age.”
  20. 20. The Ethic for Loving our Neighbor:-Is Love… Tolerating my Neighbor?-Is Love… Ignoring my Neighbor?-Is Love… Always being Kind to my Neighbor?-Is Love… Giving Truth to my Neighbor?

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