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Following the King: Discipleship and Training (19 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Kingdom
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
The Bible says that we love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). We don't have to try to compel Him to love us - we love Him because He first loved us! He loves us more than we could ever imagine. His love ''surpasses knowledge'' (Ephesians 3:19).
This week, we're going to look at what Jesus calls the most important commandments: loving God and loving others.
Main Scriptures: Luke 14:26-35; Matthew 22:37-40; Luke 10:25-29
EQUIP: Becoming like God means being completely devoted to following Him.
Teaching Point 1: Our first step in following the King is to love Him with all our hearts!
Read Matthew 22:37-38
God is love (1 JOHN 4:16). Many people have a hard time believing that God loves them as much as the Bible says. But Jesus Himself told us what God cares about the most: ''And He said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment''' (MATTHEW 22:37-38).
God wants our hearts! The foundation of our relationship with Him is love.
''The Pharisees asked Jesus what the most important commandment was. His response was, 'Love God, love your neighbor, and love yourself' (LUKE 10:27). The greatest commandment is love. Jesus did not respond as the Pharisees had hoped. He did not say, 'Obey this commandment,' because their culture was steeped in priority of obedience and compliance to the rules. This was new revelation to them. What Jesus promoted was relationship above the rules.'' - Danny Silk
Our lives can be so infused with God's love that all other loves fade in comparison.
- He wants to be the delight of our hearts (PSALM 91:14).
- He wants to be our highest reward (GENESIS 15:1).
- He wants to be our loving Father (1 JOHN 3:1).
- He wants to be our Comforter (JOHN 14:26).
- He wants to be our ...
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