The Way of Love - Do Not Be Wise In Your Own Eyes

TRUTH: Love takes instruction from God’s Word

May 28, 2018 • Jason Smith

TRUTH: Love takes instruction from God’s Word Being wise in your own eyes means… 1. I have lost my fear of God Proverbs 3:7 :: Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. Proverbs 9:10 :: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. 2. I have forgotten the source James 1:5 :: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. Luke 21:15 :: for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 3. I have become arrogant Romans 11:18 :: do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. 4. I have outgrown the need for obedience James 3:13 :: Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. What does this mean for me? 1. My own wisdom will lead to relationships that are broken and marked by sin 2. Godly wisdom will lead to healthy, thriving relationships

The Way of Love - Never Ends

TRUTH: Love does not expire! • June 24, 2018 • Jason Smith

TRUTH: Love does not expire! Love never ends because… 1. God is love 1 John 4:8 :: Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 2. God is eternal Revelation 1:8 :: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Psalm 90:1-2 :: Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3. Love is eternal 1 Corinthians 13:8 :: Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. What does this mean for me? 1. As long as there is God, there will be love 2. Since God’s love never stops, I can be assured of it 3. Since love will always exist, the call to walk in it will never cease

The Way of Love - Endures

TRUTH: Love does not retreat in the midst of challenge! • June 17, 2018 • Jason Smith

TRUTH: Love does not retreat in the midst of challenge! I endure because… 1. God’s grace is too great to keep for myself 2 Timothy 2:10 :: Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 2. The reward is too great to miss Matthew 10:22 :: and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 3. It is the example of the One I pursue! Hebrews 12:2 :: looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. What does this mean for me? With Jesus, I’m capable of enduring more than I think

The Way of Love - Is Not Irritable

TRUTH: Being irritable overshadows our attempts to love • June 10, 2018 • Jason Smith

TRUTH: Being irritable overshadows our attempts to love 1. It is self-centered Luke 9:12 :: Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, “Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place.” 2. It impacts discernment Luke 9:13 :: But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” 3. It robs us of joy Luke 9:17 :: And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces. What does this mean for me? S - Stop, repent, and ask T - Trust a promise O - Obey in faith P - Prepare for the moments