Darren Larson - September 8, 2013

God is Greater Than Your Heart

What if someone were to write a book about your life? What would they say? We all like to think that it would be something like: He love his family She was so self-sacrificing He made a difference in the world But what if the story they wrote about your life sounded more like: He worked really hard all his life to make himself happy and have good things and retire to do anything he wanted. She was so focused on having the perfect house that she didn’t spend much time serving other people. But the house was beautiful! Success consumed her. She would do whatever it took to make it and look good. The scriptures give us a definition about what the book of our lives should be about today. It isn’t a mistake that John wrote “love one another” five times in this book of the bible. In this week’s sermon on the Fundamentals of Christianity, Imprint Church in Woodinville looked at 1 John 3:11-24 and the bible’s message of love for our lives. Take-Aways from the Sermon on 1 John 3:11-24 Here are some of the key lessons in today’s sermon along with the point in the recording where you can learn more about that topic. “Love on another” is not only a prescription and description of our Christian life, but it’s also one of the tests of our Christian life. (11:00) It’s impossible to say that you hate your brother or sister and remain in fellowship with God. (15:35) The good news: It is actually possible to love one another. (17:45) When you become a Christian you move from death to life, and even your desire to love is affected by that. (20:00) The New Testament never calls us to DO something without first reminding us of who we ARE (21:25) Loving one another is NOT overlooking someone’s sins and letting them live however they want to. Loving one another is acknowledging their brokenness and helping them find righteousness.. like Jesus did for us. (25:45) Love is not dependent on reciprocity. (29:14) God expects us to forgive and love others in the same way He forgave and loves us – and in the way he forgives and loves them. (33:35)

Scripture References: 1 John 3:11-24

From Series: "The Fundamentals"

Many of us have probably experienced a D.T.R. You know, that moment when you “Define The Relationship” with a significant other so there is no confusion on the status of the relationship! Similarly 1st John could be described as a letter written to define the relationship… the relationship between Christ and His people, and people with one another. When a person begins a relationship with Jesus Christ, there are some things that need to be defined in how we live out our relationship with Christ and each other. These are the fundamentals of the Christian faith. This sermon series was delivered in July, August, and September of 2013.

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