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Today's Sermon: Agape

I've never blogged about a sermon before, but this one had a lot of personal meaning for me, so I wanted to share it and encourage you to come along to our Church to hear more on the subject of LOVE.

The main message was:
  • God is Love by his very nature.  (God Loved us first, he made us with Love to Love him and each other.)
  • Trinity = spoken about all through the NT.  Mark 1:9-11, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 2:18.  Look it up, understand it, experience it.
  • Trinity is explained in many different ways, usually emphasising hierarchy.  Trinity should be, "fellowship and community of equals."
  • Perichoresis : word of the day, meaning: peri - around, choresiso - to move or dance.  (Preacher had some volunteers represent the Trinity to dance in a circle and show us how The Trinity moves around and supports each other, rather than one ruling over the other.) (A Divine Loving Dance, all in relationship.)
  • God says, Love your enemies.
  • Jesus tells us that we are sent a helper... The Holy Spirit. 
Mark Conner's Ideas on Moving Towards Love
  • Move from Isolation towards Community.
  • Move from selfish to selfgiving Love.  (Notice he says, "selfgiving, not selfless.)
  • Move from discord to unity. (A musical cord is made up of different notes, producing harmony.)
  • Move from suspicion towards Love.
  • Move from exclusion towards Inclusion.
It was an awesome sermon with lots of great info to chew.  Full Sermon at : Mark Conner's Blog: http://markconner.typepad.com/

I would like to leave you with my favourite part of The Bible that encapsulates Love very nicely.

1Corinthians 13: 4-13

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 
For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Some other great passages: Ephesians 4:2 and Ephesians 3: 17-19.



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