The Way of Love - Weep with Those Who Weep

TRUTH: Weeping with another is the overflow of loving well

May 20, 2018 • Jason Smith

TRUTH: Weeping with another is the overflow of loving well In the midst of sharing in another’s sorrow… 1. We demonstrate love John 11:5 :: Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. John 11:36 :: So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 2. We affirm the unity of the church John 11:16 :: So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” 3. We help maintain perspective John 11:25-26 :: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 4. We stay connected to God John 11:41b :: And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 5. We are a witness to others John 11:42 :: I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” What does this mean for me? 1. The level of sorrow we feel for another is indicative of the depth of our relationship 2. To share in one’s joy will require us to also share in their sorrow

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