Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sermon Notes from 2.13.11

Here are the notes from my sermon on February 13th.  It was a special day in the life of our church as we were celebrating our I Love My Church Family Banquet.  I preached the passage from Mark 12 on the greatest commandment.  As always, you can find these notes in PDF and sermon audio on or just the audio on iTunes.

I Love My Church Family
Mark 12.28-34

What makes us Church?
  • Recognition of and response to the uniqueness of God and His claims.
  • His primary claim:  love Him with everything.

Isn’t that narcissistic? 
  • He loved us first, inciting and inviting our love in return (1 John 4.19).

What does that mean?
  • It’s not a religious exercise (v.32-33).
  • Nothing in our personality remains untouched by Him (2 Cor. 5.14-15).

How do we do that?
  • Recognize and respond to the love that God has given us in Christ (1 John 4.10, 16).

What makes us Family?
  • In the same way we go “all-in” with God, we also love each other.
  • When we love our neighbor with this kind of love, we love God.
  • When we love our neighbor with this kind of love, we become the tangible expression of God’s love to them.

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