Song of Solomon 2:4 He has brought me to his banquet hall,
And his banner over me is love.
LOVE IS THE BANNER WE ARE TO CARRY!
LOVING OTHERS FIRST BEGINS WITH LOVING GOD.
Romans 5:5 The love of god has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
1 Pet 1:22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.
THE “AGAPE” LOVE OF GOD CHANGES US AND ALLOWS US TO LOVE LIKE GOD LOVES. IT HELPS US TO SEE PEOPLE THE WAY GOD SEES PEOPLE.
Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.
12 Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.
14 The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.
18 So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”
IF PEOPLE ARE NOT FAITHFUL, GOD WILL TAKE WHAT WAS MEANT FOR ANOTHER PERSON AND GIVE IT TO YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE FAITHFUL.
NAS Luke 16:10 “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.
NLT Luke 16:10 “Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones.
THERE ARE BLESSINGS THAT GOD HAS DETERMINED TO POUR OUT ON OUR CITY.
THERE IS A WORK THAT MUST BE DONE IN EVERY TOWN, EVERY CITY, AND EVERY NATION!
Matt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Pass 1 Tim 1:5 For we reach the goal of fulfilling all the commandments when we love others deeply with a pure heart
AMP Rom 12:13 Contribute to the needs of god’s people [sharing in the necessities of the saints]; pursue the practice of hospitality.
A FRIENDLY WELCOME AND KIND OR GENEROUS TREATMENT OFFERED TO GUESTS OR STRANGERS
SYNONYMS – WELCOME, WARMTH, KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY
1 Tim 3:2 – ONE OF THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR A LEADER IS THAT HE IS GIVEN TO HOSPITALITY.
NAS Heb 13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.
TO GROW WILL REQUIRE HOSPITALITY ON A NEW LEVEL.
LET’S BE A CHURCH THAT GIVES OTHERS THE ROYAL TREATMENT.
SERVING IS THE GREATIST ATTITUDE A HEART CAN DESIRE.
1 Pet 4:7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint.
E. EVANGELISM – LOVING FROM THE HEART IS EVANGELISTIC.
NAS Mark 16:15 And he said to them, “go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
IN THE BOOK OF ACTS THE CHURCH GREW AND MULTIPLIED DAILY.
Acts 2:41 so then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. 42 they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
POWER COMES AND LOVE FLOWS WHERE PEOPLE ARE.
BEING EVANGELISTIC IS SOMETHING WE HAVE TO WORK AT
A CHURCH THAT IS NOT MISSION MINDED, WILL BECOME A MISSION FIELD.
TO BE EVANGELISTIC GETS YOU OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
A. ADAPTABLE – LOVING WITH HEART MEANS BEING ADAPTABLE.
1. ABLE TO ADJUST EASILY TO CHANGES AND NEW CONDITIONS
2. CAPABLE OF BEING MODIFIED TO SUIT DIFFERENT PURPOSES OR CONDITIONS – (PEOPLE)
THE BUILDING IS JUST A TOOL.
THE PEOPLE ARE THE TRUE CHURCH
BE WILLING TO CHANGE – ADAPT, TO DO WHAT EVER IT TAKES TO MEET PEOPLES NEEDS OR ACCOMADATE PEOPLE
THE BUILDING IS HERE FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT PEOPLE FOR THE BUILDING.