Love at Work in a Community ()Dennis R. Wiles, January 12, 2020
Part of the Hope series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Dennis R. Wiles
January 12, 2020
January 5 – February 1, 2020
Love at Work in a Community
What our world needs now is . . . Love!
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
Love at Work in a Community
On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:
“‘Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord
and against his anointed one.’
Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
God loves us, we love Him, we love each other, and we love His world!
PEOPLE OF GOD – God’s people need each other!
PRAYER – Through prayer and reflection, we gain the perspective we need for life!
POWER – God’s power is real and available!
POSSESSIONS – We are mere stewards of what we possess. God has called us to life of generosity and grace!
PSALM 1 CHURCH – We have been called to live together in a spiritually transformative community!
Psalm 1 Church: A Spiritually Transformative Community
What is happening through us?
What is happening to us?
that which is seen and enjoyed
Who are we?
that which is unseen and essential