Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sunday Circles-The Crucifixion

Sunday Circles
        Building Your Family With Friends
Church On The Rock

Hymn: The Old Rugged Cross
Memory Verse: Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (NKJV)

Lesson: The Crucifixion
Bible Character: Jesus

                Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of First principle

1 John 4
7 ¶  Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
8  But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9  God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.
10  This 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.
11  Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

First Principle: Love Gives First
Scripture Reference:
Romans  5 NLT
6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.                           
Question: In what arenas of life can we see love giving first?
Conclusion: True love gives first. True love forgives first. True love takes the first step without the promise of reward or reciprocation.

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of next principle

1 John 4:19  We love Him because He first loved us.

Second Principle: Love Gives Most
Scripture Reference:
John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
Question: How can we pattern ourselves after God’s example? Share some practical ways we can give more than we expect to receive in return.
Conclusion: True love is willing to give more than it receives.

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of next principle

Third Principle: Love Gives Always
Scripture Reference:
1 Corinthians 13:7  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Question: Does love apply in situations outsides of the home, marriage and family? How about in the workplace; inn school; or in the community?
Conclusion: The love of God is first given to us for us and then given to us for others. We are expected by God to be like Him: to love first, love most and love always. In this we do show the love of God to a lost and hurting world.

Pastor Ron closing remarks and the Rest of the Story …

John 13:35  "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

The Greatest Commandments: Love God more than we do ourselves and love others as much as we do ourselves.

Memory Verse

Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be hosted by one of our Elders, John and Fronnie LeBlanc in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes.