Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday Circles - Never Failing Love

Sunday Circles
        Building Your Family With Friends
Church On The Rock

Hymn: Down at the Cross
Memory Verse: Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Lesson: Never Failing Love

Pastor remarks and intro of first principle

First Principle: Love is and is not …
Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud.
Question: What are some opposites of love?  
Follow up Question: How can we recognize when we may be running short of love?
Conclusion: One of the opposites of love can be termed, “selfish.” Selfish people are motivated by what they can get. Love is motivated by what it can give.

Pastor remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: Love does and does not …
Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 13:5-6 Love does not behave rudely. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable (not easily provoked), and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but does rejoice whenever the truth wins out.
Question: What other feelings masquerade as love?
Follow Up Question: What is the difference between loving someone and being in love with someone? 
Conclusion: Love compels us to give ourselves to others. The greater the love, the more we give. Being in love compels us to give everything. 

Pastor remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: Love never and always …
Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 13:7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Question: Under what circumstances could love, though well intended, be misdirected?
Conclusion: God most often join us together with others first for what we can give to the equation, not what we can get. Love is the most powerful force in the universe. The love of God covers ours sins and welcomes us into an eternal relationship with God. Our love for others is also powerful. When rightly directed our love will fulfill us more than any other thing. When misdirected, love can cause almost unbearable situations. God’s word clearly defines what and who we should and should not love. God is love but love is not God.

Pastor closing remarks

    Connect Cards; Offering and Prayer
    Memory Verse

    Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes.