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with Lead Pastor Drew Shofner

Relational poverty is killing us! But Jesus kills relational poverty as we become His love!


• Jesus died alone to keep us from having to live and die alone.

• For those who believe and receive it, alone ends on the cross!


We’re used to “hearing” but not listening, to “learning” but not doing.


• We’ve cultivated a culture of passive disobedience.

• Jesus us tell us things we never expect ourselves to DO.


“A new command I give you: Love one another.

As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34


“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.” John 15:9


“As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21


• If it isn’t Love, it isn’t Kingdom.

• If it isn’t Kingdom, it isn’t God.

• If it isn’t God, it’s some deceptive shade of hell….


Love is EVERYTHING in God’s Kingdom!


Learn to Live From Jesus;

Learn to Live From Love.


• If it’s from Jesus, it’s not from _______.

• If it’s Love, it’s not ______.

• When Jesus lives in us, He moves us toward heaven, and toward people walking in pain and headed toward hell. (Matthew 25:35-36)

• Relational poverty is “alone” and “away.” The Love of Jesus is together and toward.

• When you live “from” you move “toward!”


Live Jesus’ Love—Move Toward!


 1 Peter 1:17-23

22 “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”


• vs. 17a: We’re accountable for our choices; we WILL answer for them.

• vs 17b: What’s around you isn’t your normal—be God’s difference!

• vs. 18 Meeting Jesus provokes deep (and eternal) change.

• vss. 19-21 When you meet Jesus, life becomes ALL ABOUT HIM—or all about running from Him.

• vs. 22 The depth of our love for others reveals the depth of our relationship with Jesus.

• We live as deeply in love for people as we are deeply in love with Jesus.

• vs. 23 Giving our lives to Jesus means being profoundly changed, week by week, by a power bigger than ALL our pain….

Catch up:

We live our lives in relational poverty; we live outside of deep relationships and without love. This is killing us: but Jesus kills relational poverty as we become his love in the world. Love is everything in God’s Kingdom. Once you learn to live from Jesus, you can learn to live from love; loving Jesus, loving yourself, and loving others as Jesus loves. When you allow Jesus to really rule your life, he will move your life away from lonely and toward loving others unconditionally. Hell is about being alone and being unloved. Kingdom is about loving one another deeply, from the heart; it’s about being connected to Jesus and to one another. Let Jesus work through you so you can have sincere love for your brothers and sisters in Christ, for your family, and for everyone else whom God puts in your path. Giving your life to Jesus means being profoundly changed, week by week, by a power bigger than your pain. Start living that transformation!

Notes:

Matthew 9:1-3

1 Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town. 2 Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.”

3 But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?”



Through Kingdom connection we accept our brokenness.



Matthew 9:18-19; 25

18 As Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt before him. “My daughter has just died,” he said, “but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand on her.”

19 So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him.


25 After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up! 



Through Kingdom connection we are empowered.



Matthew 9:20-22

20 Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, 21 for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”

22 Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.



Through Kingdom connection we learn to say "Yes."


Through Kingdom connection we gain compassion.


Matthew 9:35-36

35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 

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