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Great Church Members Are Loving Church Members (6 of 10)
Series: Great Church Members Makes Great Churches
I John 4:7
1. LOVE THAT IS UNNATURAL
a) An Eternal Love
b) An Evidential Love
2. LOVE THAT IS UNSELFISH
a) The Eyes of Love that Sees
b) The Heart of Love that Shares
3. LOVE THAT IS UNCONDITIONAL
a) A First Love
b) A Full Love
c) A Forgiving Love
d) A Faithful Love
1. Thomas A Kempis gave us this definition of love: "Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger, nothing higher, nothing wider, nothing more pleasant, nothing fuller or better in heaven or on earth...Love often knows no limits but is fervent beyond measure. Love feels no burdens, thinks nothing of labors, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility...Though wearied, it is not tired; though pressed, it is not straightened; though alarmed, it is not confounded; but as a lively flame and burning torch, it forces its way upwards and passes securely though all."
2. What a wonderful and excellent description of love. As we think continue thinking about great Churches and great Church members, I want to think about a loving Church and loving Church members. A great Church is a loving Church, and a loving Church is the result of its members being loving members.
3. One of the marks of the early Church is they way they loved each other and those around them. In a letter to Diognetus, written by an unknown writer around 130 A.D., it was said of early Christians: "They love all men, but are persecuted by all." Tertullian, an early Church leader reported that the Romans would exclaim, "See how they love one another." Justin Martyn gave this sketch of the way the early Church loved: "We who used to value the acquisition of wealth and possession more than anything else, not bring what we have into a common fund and share it with anyone who needs its. We used to hate and destroy one another and refused to associate with people of anothe ...
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