Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sunday Circles - The Three Attributes of Love

Sunday Circles
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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: Three Attributes of Love

Pastor remarks and intro of first principle

First Principle: Love Covers
Scripture Reference: 1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
Love does not always discern between what is good or bad … love covers both.
Love covers sin.
Love can cause blindness (Judges 16:4 – Samson loved Delilah).
Question: What kind of people need love?
Follow up Question: Is love the measure of the person loved or the person who is loving?
Conclusion: Love is the measure of God in a person. Just as God’s love covers our sin, our love for others covers their faults and makes them more presentable and acceptable to us. Love can cause a person to be blind to things that have potential to hurt them and cause them pain. However, Godly love continues to cover and endures.
Application: Strive to love others with a Godly kind of love.

Pastor remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: Love Multiplies
Scripture Reference: 1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
Love has a duplicative capacity.
God loves each one of His children equally, without regard as to their stage or station of life.
Question: How can a parent love a second child as much as they love the first?
Follow Up Question: How is it possible to love more than one thing or person equally?
Conclusion: The love God has given us is found expressed in three types: brotherly love; the love between a husband and a wife; and Godly love. Godly love, we call agape. This is the love that never fails, never gives up, and never runs out. This true love from the heart has the capacity to multiply.
Application: Remember that God loves you as much as He loves Jesus. 

Pastor remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: Love Changes
Scripture Reference: 1 Thessalonians 3:12 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you.
Love changes in intensity and type.
Love can increase and abound.
Love can decrease and diminish (wax cold, Matthew 24:12).
Question: Describe how love can change in type and intensity.
Follow Up Question: What investments can we make to help love grow and abound?     
Conclusion: Love is often the fruit of our investments. Selfish people only invest in their own interests and therefore tend to love themselves more than others. When we begin to pray for, serve, and invest our resources in helping others, our love for them will begin to grow.
Application: Don’t let your love grow cold … make an investment today.

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.