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Finding Joy in Loving People

God enables His people to imitate Him in joyful love

Joy in Loving the Brethren

May 26, 2024 • Jared Coe • 1 Corinthians 13

Joy in Loving the Antagonist

May 19, 2024 • Wayne Braudrick • Philippians 1:27–30, Lamentations 3:23, 2 Corinthians 3:18, 1 Corinthians 15:51

The Bible dedicates significant space describing how God’s people should respond to antagonists. Philippians 1:27-30 provides a concise outline of the big ideas: know who you are; walk worthy of Jesus; stand firm; be harmonious; contend for gospel truth; reject fear; remember the promise of suffering.

Joy in Loving the Stranger

May 12, 2024 • Wayne Braudrick • Leviticus 19:33–34, Leviticus 19:9–18

God is very explicit regarding strangers: both the legal resident alien and the person who is different. We are called to love the stranger as we love ourselves, expressing that love in fairness, opportunity, care without coddling, and inclusion.

Joy in Loving the Neighbor

May 5, 2024 • Wayne Braudrick • Luke 10, Matthew 22:35–40, Matthew 22

One of the major themes of scripture is to love one’s neighbors. The Law lays down boundaries of this love, while the prophets and writings show stellar (or infamous) examples. In the New Testament, Jesus brings it all together in what we remember as the two “Greats:” His Great Commandments and the Great Commission. Following those changes the believer and, quite often, the neighborhood.

Joy in being a beloved servant

April 28, 2024 • Wayne Braudrick • Psalm 92:12–14, 1 Corinthians 1:9, Romans 1:1, Colossians 3:22–24, 1 Timothy 4:12

Our love for ourselves is grasped not in anything about self, but in the person of our Master and gratitude for our calling. That love overflows in service since we are set aside to make a difference as holy slaves of Christ.

Loving the Saint

April 21, 2024 • Wayne Braudrick • 2 Corinthians 1:1–2, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Colossians 1:13, Romans 6:10–11, 1 Peter 1:1–2

God has provided new things for those who trust Christ, including identity, citizenship, way of life, and sainthood. As saints, Christians should follow the Lord in sanctification, making daily progress.

Loving self as an adopted child

April 14, 2024 • Wayne Braudrick • Genesis 1:27, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20, Romans 8:16–18, 1 Peter 2:5

God loves us more richly than human minds can imagine. We are foolish when we don’t accept that love as adopted sons of God. Accepting the lie that we are completely right and good without God’s grace is equally foolish and tragically damning. The solution is to walk through and respond to the scriptural story of humanity: We are created beings – materially limited, immaterially vulnerable, and morally accountable. We can be justified in Christ – joined to Him by faith. Those who trust Jesus are adopted sons and daughters of God – heirs with full access to the Triune God.