culture wars - Love
September 20, 2020 | Matt Ware
American Christians are increasingly conflicted as to what culture they identify with—the culture of the world or the culture of the Kingdom. After a 6 month hiatus from the regular gathering of the church, this clash of cultures is more evident now than ever. This series leads people toward a greater understanding of 6 key distinctives of the culture of God’s Kingdom and how to navigate the CULTURE WARS of 2020.
1. Love God
1 John 4:8 (ESV) Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Mark 12:30 (ESV) love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
2. Love each other
John 13:35 (ESV) all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
1 John 4:20-21 (ESV) If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (ESV) Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends.
3. Love the world
John 3:16-17 (ESV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.