Ken McIntyre
SERMON NOTES: 13 Verses- “How To Love Others”

SERMON NOTES: 13 Verses- “How To Love Others”

Over the next seven weeks, we will be in a series of talks we are calling 13 Verses. The point of this series is to help people live, not just exist.

We were created by a good and perfect God who has an intention and purpose for our lives. When we discover what that is, we live the best life possible.

Read Romans 12:9-21

About the Book of Romans

  • Was written in approximately 57 AD by the Apostle Paul
  • Paul didn’t plant or start the church gathered in Rome but had spiritual leadership in that church.
  • Rome was the dominant economic, political, and military force in the 1st century. Strategic city and a strategic church.
  • The Roman people were polytheistic. Meaning they worshiped many different gods.
  • Stands in deep contrast with the Christian claim that there is only One God. That Jesus is the way, the truth the life, and no one gets to the Father except through Him.
  • In Rome, it was the social norm to worship multiple different gods. Each home, each city, and each temple would have different sets of gods for the people to worship.
  • To deny the Roman gods’ divinity was rebellious, and there was an enormous social cost to Christians (abuse, imprisonment, isolation, and even execution).
  • The book of Romans is a book that helps Christians be Christian.
    • And there is at least two important parts of a Christian being a Christian:
      • How a Christian thinks,and;
      • How a Christian lives.
      • The theological terms are orthodoxy(meaning right thinking) and orthopraxy (which means right practice).
    • This series focuses on orthopraxy(how to live right).

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:9-10)

Love.

It’s no surprise when describing how a Christian should live Paul starts with “love.” The Old Testament, Jesus, and Paul declare this is the defining characteristic of Christian living (1 Corinthians 13:1-3, Matthew 22:37-39).

Love must be sincere.

Sincere means without hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is when we believe or say one thing and do something else. Paul’s reiterating here that Christians are both to function in right belief and right living.

Hate what is evil.

There are three categories of evil:

  1. the devil
  2. the world
  3. the flesh

To hate evil means:

  • To hate the devil and his obsession with sewing confusion.
  • To hate the systems in our world that promote the distortion and silencing of God’s voice that allow evil to go unchecked and even become normalized.
  • To hate the struggle with evil that happens internally. To hate our own sin.

Cling to what is good.

The word ‘cling’ is the same word Jesus described a man and woman becoming ‘one’ at marriage (Matthew 19:5).

Paul is saying that we are to become so familiar with goodness that it becomes second nature. That ‘goodness’ and ‘you’ become inseparable.

Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10)

When Paul says ‘one another,’ he is referring to Christians being devoted to other Christians. We are to be committed to our brothers and sisters in Christ in a love that looks much like a healthy family.

Paul here is echoing something Jesus said:

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35).

The people who attend Hope City church aren’t to be strangers to you who happen to be Christians. They are your family. By being a part of this church, you are choosing them as your family.

So what does it look like for you to be devoted to the other believers at Hope City? What does it look like for you to increase your devotion to ‘one another’?

  • Coming back to church in-person?
  • Joining a small group?
  • Joining a serve team?
  • Setting a regular time to pray with others from your church?
  • Financially partnering with one of our local or global partners?

 

New Service Time Added!

New Service Time Added!

We have seen an increase in the number of people attending our in-person gathering at our Mill Woods campus and so are adding an additional service time at 11:30am on Sunday morning starting on September 13th. We’d love to have you join us!

If you have questions about what in-person gatherings look like and what safety protocols are in place, you can find all of that information here.

Sermon Notes: “The Weed of Worry”

Sermon Notes: “The Weed of Worry”

  • Worry seems impossible to escape.
  • Worry often goes unrecognized because it’s so normalized.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. (Philippians 4:4-5)
  • You are not alone. God is close.
  • You have every reason and right to be worried, except for the reality that God is is near.
Do not be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6)
  • That sounds like impossible advice. How can you not be anxious about anything when it feels like there’s reason to be anxious about everything!
  • Paul is writing these words from a prison cell from which – as far as he knew – he was awaiting his trial and death.
…but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:6-7)
  • The reasons to worry they are plenty, they are real, and they are powerful. But, there is a deeper reality than the worries of life, and that’s God’s presence.
  • God’s nearness can produce in your life a peace that overrides and pushes back anxiousness.
WORRY VS CONCERN
  • There is a big difference between worry and concern. They might have some overlapping qualities and emotions, but there is a big difference.
  • Worry is the continuous speculation of what might go wrong. It’s an anticipation of chaos or loss. It can be described as ‘what if’ thinking.
  • To worry is to be concerned and forget to include God in the picture. Worry = concern without God.
  • The difference between worry and concern is how you position God in relationship to your trouble.
  • The promise is peace when we include God in our problem.
“DON’T WORRY ABOUT YOUR LIFE” – MATTHEW 6:25-34
  • Worry is the fruit of the belief that God is going to let you down.
  • Both worry and peace have a lot to do with where you look.
  • Jesus says:
    • “Look at the birds of the air…(v26)
    • “See how the flowers of the field grow. (v28)
    • “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness (v33)
    • Jesus makes this connection that our level of worry and our degree of peace seems to have everything to do with where we are looking.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. (Matthew 6:22-23)
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)

Preached on Aug 9, 2020

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