We have talked about what we should THINK

We have talked about how we should ACT

It is time to talk about What we should BE

We are meant to BE disciples of Jesus - Disciples are

"students, apprentices, practitioners – of Jesus Christ, steadily learning from him how to live the life of the Kingdom of the Heavens into every corner  of human existence.” Dallas Willard

To BE a disciple of Jesus Christ means to live a life becoming LIKE HIM.  The next ten weeks we are going to learn about this.  What is Jesus LIKE?

We are going to start with LOVE - 

Key Question: What does it mean to sacrificially and unconditionally love others

Key Idea: I am committed to loving God and Love others

Key Verse: 1 John 4:10-12

10This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 11Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

 

Jesus teaching, in fact the entire Bible, can be beautifully encapsulated in two statements

Love God first and most

Love Others as much as you love yourself

 - We have talked a LOT in this church about the first and second greatest commandments.

 

One of my favorite preachers - Brian Zahnd says it this way - “Life is not a game; it is a gift.  The purpose of life is not to “win” but to learn to love well”

Nat King Cole in His classic song “Nature Boy” sings the refrain that I wish ALL Christians would learn by heart and believe - “The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn Is Just to Love and be loved in return"

 

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