2Amazing Love Am forgiven because You were forsaken Am accepted, You were condemnedAm alive and wellYour Spirit lives within meBecause you died and rose again
3Amazing Love Amazing love, how can it be? That You, my King, should die for meAmazing love, I know it’s trueIt’s a joy to honor YouIn all I do, I honor You
4The Summary of the Gospel (John 3:16-17) 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
5The Love of God is ONLY in Christ (Romans 8:35-39) 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is IN Christ Jesus our Lord.
6Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6-7)6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die6
7While we were yet sinners (Romans 5: 8 - 9)8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.7
8How does God deal with us? (Psalm 103: 5 - 6)8 The LORD is merciful and gracious,Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.9 He will not always strive with us,Nor will He keep His anger forever.10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,Nor punished us according to our iniquities.8
9The measure of His love (Psalm 103: 11 - 12) 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;12 As far as the east is from the west,So far has He removed our transgressions from us.9
10He knows how weak we are… (Psalm 103: )13 As a father pities his children,So the LORD pities those who fear Him.14 For He knows our frame;He remembers that we are dust.10
11A love that defies logic…I (Matthew 18: 11-14)11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?11
12A love that defies logic…II (Matthew 18: 13-14)13 And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.12
13Learning from the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-12 ) 11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood.
14Learning from the Prodigal Son II (Luke 15:13) 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.The younger son chose his course of actionHe deserved to suffer for his actions
15Learning from the Prodigal Son III (Luke 15:14-15 ) 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16Learning from the Prodigal Son IV (Luke 15:16) 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.He deserved this treatmentHe was reaping what he sowed!
17Learning from the Prodigal Son V (Luke 15:11-32 ) 17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!Many of us have not yet come to ourselves to really know who our Father is
18Learning from the Prodigal Son VI (Luke 15:18) 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’We cannot move forward unless we first understand where we are
19Learning from the Prodigal Son VII (Luke 15:20 -21 ) 20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
20Learning from the father… He saw his son from far (did not wait for him to be near)He had compassion on himHe abandoned everything else and ran and grabbed himHe hugged and kissed his filthy, pig-friendly, stinking, good-for nothing son!THAT IS ANNOYING!!!
21Learning from the father… ( Luke 15: 22-24) 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
22Learning from the father II He ignored his son’s filthy stateHe rewarded the prodigal son with the BEST robe and a SIGNET ringHe ordered for the choicest steak –the fatted calfHe ordered a partyTHAT‘S NOT FAIR!!!
23Learning from the older son (Luke 15: 25-27) 25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’
24Learning from the older son II (Luke 15: 29) 29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.The older son lived by the law to the letter and it did not win him favor
25Learning from the older son III (Luke 15: 30) 30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’The logic of the older son is right – crime deserves punishment. BUT sons also deserve the love of their fathers!
26Learning from the older son IV (Luke 15: 31 - 32) 31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”We are that lost brother that was dead and Christ made alive; lost but was found!
27Grace shown to King David (1 Chronicles 17: 7 - 8) 7b“…I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people IsraelAnd I have been with you wherever you have gone,
28Grace shown to King David (1 Chronicles 17: 7 - 8) And have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a name like the name of great men who are on the earth.”
29Grace shown to King David (1 Chronicles 17: 16) 16“ Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and said: “Who am I, O LORD God? And what is my house, that you have brought me this far?
30“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed [lavished] on us, that we should be called children of God!”(1 John 3:1 )30