Love Is . . .
Our theme for February 2020 is – Love Is . . .
Here is how I am completing that sentence with 4 sermons: Love is . . . the Greatest, Love is . . . First for God, Love is . . . Promised in “I Do”, and Love is . . . for Everyone.
Our goal this month is to provide further information in the process of deepening our understanding of love. Love is a much-misunderstood phenomenon. Here is a definition from blogger Todd Clay — Love is an unselfish, affectionate, and benevolent concern for another person and the source of that desire is from God. This month’s sermons and Daily Bible Readings have been focused on the deeper, biblical presentation of love.
Dr. Todd Still offered a message in my absence on February 2. He did a wonderful job in exegeting 1 Corinthians 13. On February 9, we explored the fundamental passage in the Old Testament regarding love, Deuteronomy 6. Jesus actually pointed all of us to this page in our Bibles to discover the greatest commandment in the Old Testament.
Last Sunday, I shared a message from Song of Songs as we focused on marriage. We also spent some time praying over the marriages of our church. We also dedicated our newest children in our church family to the Lord. It was a sweet time of dedication, prayer, and consecration. However, it also was a challenging time for some folks in our church family. For example, each time we dedicate children at our church, we have some pain experienced by church members who have dealt with all types of issues with regards to childbearing. And, whenever we highlight marriage, we have other folks in our church who struggle with all manner of issues related to marriage. However, our church is a safe place for all of us to walk these paths together. We rejoice with each other and we grieve with each other.
This Sunday, I will be sharing a message from 1 Corinthians 7 that will focus on Singleness. We have many Single Adults in our church family. We are not much different than the general adult population in the metroplex. This message will be a theological reflection based upon Biblical teachings concerning both marriage and singleness. Join me in praying that God will honor this time together on Sunday.
Ash Wednesday – On February 26, we will gather in the Sanctuary to begin our annual Easter journey. Let’s join together on this night as a church family to mark the launching of meaningful spiritual pilgrimage. Our staff is producing a 40 Day Devotional Guide for you that will supplement our Daily Bible Readings.