Faith and Love

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Faith and Love

First – What is church?

A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS

Temple Model

  • Holy place
  • Sacred Texts
  • Special people
  • Followers dependent upon special people

Jesus ended this temple period

  • No more sacred place
  • No more sacred people
  • All people can approach God

Approach him with confidence (1 John 5:14)

                        14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

Holy Spirit teaches us all things (John 14:26)

                        26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you

Now look at John 13:14-17:

                        “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

See how Jesus completely changed the whole way of leadership?

  • Servant based
  • Love one another
  • Last shall be first

Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery

We like people to

  • Act like us
  • Look like us
  • Then we accept them

God wants us to

  • Love and accept people
  • Maybe they will begin to look like us
  • Maybe they begin to act like us

Galatians 5:2-6 ”Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.

                        5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love”

Our salvation is through grace

  • Getting something we don’t deserve
  • Getting something that we cannot earn

THE ONLY THING THAT COUNTS IS OUR FAITH IN JESUS LOVING OTHER PEOPLE

Galatians 5:7-12 ”You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion,

                whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. 11 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!

Galatians 5:13-14 ”You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

God has freed us from having to earn our salvation

  • We are to serve one another
  • We are to be humble
  • We are to love

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