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Faith activated through love, Perfect love casts out fear Things Christian Fear Who are we broken-hearted for? What can we do about it (What can we do for them)?
Galatians 5 6... For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.
“Help us to be able to super-naturally love... Agape love which is not within human ability, it comes by divine expression in and through our lives”
“These people are kinda crazy here, but there’s so much love here... I feel like I’m really loved” “I just sobbed like a baby over $60 dollars” Being broken-hearted deep in our bowels for those around us “If we capture that in this place, there is no limit to what God can do through us”
Matthew 14:14 (NKJV) And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, & healed their sick.
Who are our sick? Who must we crazy-love? Who can we be broken-hearted for?
The Enemy knows that an atmosphere of love creates a place where faith can operate pride, taking offense, insecurities, being critical when do these “flare up” for Christians?
Fear: “Fear is the opposite of faith” 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear...”
Gal 5: Faith activated through love + 1 John 4: Perfect love casts out fear = Love replaces Fear with Faith
Faith activated through love Perfect love casts out fear Things Christian Fear
Pain - dangerous, uncomfortable situations Opposition - No one likes to feel attacked Ambiguity - Not having the answers Looking Foolish - Not having the words Shame - No one likes feeling guilty before God, nor before other Christians When sin is hidden, it isn’t addressed jaysondbradley.com
Needy, Clingy Other cultures Liars, Thieves Homeless Emotionally Abusive If these people come into our church, into my life, will I be taken advantage of, imposed upon, unsafe, lose control
Needy, clingy, difficult people. If we met Jesus, and he asked for 24 hours, we would be overjoyed.
Needy, clingy, difficult people. If all He asked us to do was listen to foolish conversation for half an hour, we would be relieved, or even disappointed Yet we often pass up this opportunity to show love! youtube.com/watch?v=r1EJEgvHPfI
Love for the Homeless: Foreclosure is a top reason - Illness, accident, missed paycheck Children are 43% over-represented 63% of women - domestic violence Severe mental illness, Addiction disorders Sexual issues They are just people who need love! nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/why.html
Needy, Clingy Other cultures Liars, Thieves Homeless Emotionally Abusive LOVE to overcome discomfort FAITH for safety and God’s plan Love replaces Fear with Faith
Atheist Other religion Bitter, hatred Why is it difficult to face opposition to our faith? Why is it hard to love?
Galatians 5:4-6 (message) 4 I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace.
Galatians 5:4-6 (Message) 5 Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. 6 For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love.
What can melt the heart of an atheist & allow them to see truth? Not another argument, but demonstration of crazy LOVE We invite atheists and people of other religions not to another list of dos & don'ts, but to a LOVING relationship with Jesus who freely gives salvation through FAITH
We rebuke bitterness & hatred, & choose to patiently combat it with LOVE We have FAITH God can heal people and by FAITH we pray for strength and patience ministrytodaymag.com/ministry- outreach/evangelism/20533-how-to-share-the- gospel-with-an-atheist
Mentally Handicapped As many as 1/ 44 kids today have autism: There are 150 of us in this room... LGBT, Gay - tough questions Substance addiction Why is it hard to love these people? Love replaces Fear with Faith
2-3 out of 100 Many want to follow God Between 30 and 40% of LGBT youth have attempted suicide Four times more likely to attempt suicide than other young people Who are our sick? Who can we be broken-hearted for?
We don't have to have: The cure for homelessness and need All the answers to the atheist's questions The theological plan for the handicapped Perfect clarity on what causes homosexuality,... because we know exactly what to do: Love replaces Fear with Faith
2 Peter 3:9...not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
Matthew 10:29-31 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Psalm 139:13-18 (TLB) 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it.
Psalm 139:13-18 (TLB) 15 You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! 16 You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!
Psalm 139:13-18 (TLB) 17-18 How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!
Sexual Sins: Pornography Addiction Lust Adultery Why are we afraid to talk about these things? Why does shame bring fear?
9 out of 10 boys were exposed to pornography before the age of 18. 51% of male, and 32% of female students first viewed porn before their teenage years (12 and younger). 68% of young adult men, and 18% of women use porn at least once every week covenanteyes.com/pornstats/
This man receives sinners & eats with them: Woman at the well (Samaritan) Reached her whole village Woman caught in adultery How are we (the church) similar to the Pharisees?
Corinth - famous for sexual sin Acts 19 - “many people there…” Paul stayed 1.5 years 2+ books to them, The “love chapter”
“Fear is the opposite of faith” Shame - Porn Foolishness - Not Having answers (gay) Ambiguity - handicapped Opposition - atheist Pain - needy, dangerous, uncomfortable
Faith is activated through love: Perfect love casts out fear Things Christians Fear Who are we broken-hearted for? What can we do about it (What can we do for them)?
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV) 1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV) 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Needy, Clingy Other cultures Liars, Thieves Homeless Emotionally Abusive Atheist Other religion Bitter, hatred Mentally Handicapped Gay/LGBT Sexual Sins Pornography Addiction Lust Adultery 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love: 1.is patient 2.is kind 3.does not envy, boast, it is not proud 4.does not dishonor others 5.is not easily angered 6.is not self-seeking
Needy, Clingy Other cultures Liars, Thieves Homeless Emotionally Abusive Atheist Other religion Bitter, hatred Mentally Handicapped Gay/LGBT Sexual Sins Pornography Addiction Lust Adultery 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 7.keeps no record of wrongs 8.does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth 9.always protects 10.always trusts 11.always hopes 12.always perseveres
1 Corinthians 13:8-12 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part...
1 Corinthians 13:8-12... 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Needy, Clingy Other cultures Liars, Thieves Homeless Emotionally Abusive Atheist Other religion Bitter, hatred Mentally Handicapped Gay/LGBT Sexual Sins Pornography Addiction Lust Adultery 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: Faith... that God has it covered when called to step out (He'll be there for us)
Needy, Clingy Other cultures Liars, Thieves Homeless Emotionally Abusive Atheist Other religion Bitter, hatred Mentally Handicapped Gay/LGBT Sexual Sins Pornography Addiction Lust Adultery 1 Corinthians 13:13 hope... that God has it covered when its taking too long... and love. But the greatest of these is love.
The Enemy knows that an atmosphere of love creates a place where faith can operate: 1. God Encounters 2. God working in lives 3. Miracles occur
George Mueller: 1.huge ministry (orphanages) 2.never asked for a penny 3.an ignited faith - praying for hours 4.sitting down to dinner with no food