Summary: Picture of God’s LOVEIf God had a camera he would take a picture of you and put it on his fridge. (max Lacado)
David & Phyllis Roch – Heart to Change the World – Droch@pris.ca 250.782.0150
The Love of God
PHYLLIS take a picture – waiting for camera to focus on your image because whatever it focuses on, it captures and retains & we look at it over and over.. Our souls are like that – whatever image we focus on – whether God, ourselves or worldly & unhealthy things, we capture – which of these do we want to keep
I. GOD’S LOVE IS GREAT (Ephesians 1:19-20 & 2:4-5).
19 I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power
20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.
4 ¶ But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much,
5 that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.
This week, as i was praying, reading the scriptures and asking God about what to share on Sunday, I felt God wanted us to understand the incredible greatness of the power of His love. And ways that great love can be applied to our every day circumstances
What is greatness?
• Like he is the greatest man.... Meaning? Greatest 4 wheeler, greatest leader, baseball player. You pick
• This is the greatest coffee..... Meaning? Kona coffes of course.
• My Phyllis She is the greatest you know!! Well she is, the greatest everything to me
We say that a meal was "great." We say that a movie was "great." We say that a speaker was "great." But none of these things even begins to measure up to what the Bible means when it says that the love of God is great. When God tells us that His love is great, He is telling us that it is so great that it goes beyond our own ideas of greatness and our own understanding.
Is one preacher greater than anthor? ....
John 3:16 was the verse through which D. L. Moody learned to appreciate the greatness of God’s love. Moody had been to Britain in the early days of his ministry and there had met a young English preached named Henry Moorhouse. One day Moorhouse said to Moody, "I am thinking of going to America."
"Well," said Moody, "if you should ever get to Chicago, come down to my church and I will give you a chance to preach."
Moody did not mean to be hypocritical when he said this, of course. He was merely being polite. Nevertheless, he was saying to himself that he hoped Moorhouse would not come, for Moody had not heard him preach and had no idea of what he would say should he come to Chicago. Sometime later, after Moody had returned home, the evangelist received a telegram that said, "Have just arrived in New York. Will be in Chicago on Sunday. Moorhouse." Moody was perplexed about what he should do, and to complicate matters he was just about to leave for a series of meetings elsewhere. "Oh, my," he thought, "here I am about to be gone on Sunday, Moorhouse is coming, and I have promised to let him preach." Finally he said to his wife and to the leaders of the church, "I think that I should let him preach once. So let him preach once; then if the people enjoy him, put him on again."
Moody was gone for a week. When he returned he said to his wife, "How did the young preacher do?"
"Oh, he is a better preacher than you are," his wife said. "He is telling sinners that God loves them."
"That is not right," said Moody. "God does not love sinners."
"Well," she said, "you go and hear him."
"What?" said Moody. "Do you mean to tell me that he is still preaching?"
"Yes, he has been preaching all week, and he has only had one verse for a text. It is John 3:16."
Moody went to the meeting. Moorhouse got up and began by saying, "I have been hunting for a text all week, and I have not been able to find a better text than John 3:16. So I think we will just talk about it once more." He did.
Afterward Moody said it was on that night that he first clearly understood the greatness of God’s love.
Nothing is greater than the love of GOD!
SLIDE 6 God’s love is great
II. GOD’S LOVE IS INFINITE (Ephesians 3:17-19).
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fulness of God.