1/17/16 – Are we taking God’s goodness for granted?

Are we taking God’s goodness for granted?

John Stange

Ezra 9:1-5

I. The desire to embrace the world’s values (v. 1)

Ephesians 5:15-16 – 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

1 John 4:4 – Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

II. The devaluation of God’s high standard for marriage (v. 2)

III. The solution is God’s intervention in our lives (v. 3-5)

James 5:13-16 – 13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working

11/23/14 – The Greatness of Love

The Greatness of Love

John Stange

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

I. Love is the highest motive (v. 1-3)

1 John 4:18-19 – There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do
with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first
loved us.

II. Love manifests the heart of Christ (v. 4-7)

Hebrews 12:2 – looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that
was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the
throne of God.

III. Love has no end (v. 8-13)

1 John 4:8 – Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.