Love your neighbour

What does it mean to be Christian?   All about 1) Love God and follow his plan.  God PLAN? 2) LOVE Neighbour.   There is NO love without a relationship…  Christianity is all about 1) Relationship with God and because of that relationship the outworking of relationship with our neighbours.

Who are our neighbours?  Christian, family, friends of course… but also….

Matthew 5:43-45   43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

John 13:34:  34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Galatians 5:14   14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.

1 John 4:8   Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

  • RELATIONSHIP with God  (LOVE God)
    • Listen to God – Get to know who God is
      • read bible and learn
      • go to church and learn
      • get in a relationship with biblical Christians and ask them their stories and learn
    • Talk to God — Pray
      • Tell God what you have learned about him Psalm 48:1
      • Confess: Things you have thought, said, done. 1 John 1:9
      • Thank God  1 Thes 5:18
      • Ask God for help for self and others
    • Open your eyes to God’s creation, plan and outworking of God’s Plan
      • Look for beauty and be thankful
      • Look for opportunities to Glorify God and be thankful
      • Expect inconvenience, challenges and suffering and be thankful – builds
        • Psalm 119:67: “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.”
        • Romans 5:3-4:   Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

  • RELATIONSHIP with Neighbours (LOVE Neighbours)
    • Listen to Neighbours – Get to know who they are
      • read emails and learn and listen
      • go to places with them and learn
      • don’t try to fix them… just be with them
    • Talk to God with them — Pray
      • Recognize God’s sovereignty in the situation
      • Confess
      • Thank God
      • Ask God for help
    • Be the light
      • Be God’s hands in their life
      • Be God’s heart in their life
      • Sanity check – what you say and do – is it consistent with Glorifying God?  Is it consistent with the bible teaching?

North Point Sermon May 14, 2016 —   MOVE TOWARD THE MESS —

Andy Stanley & John Hambrick

Matthew 22:36-40 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Deuteronomy 6:4-7   “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Leviticus 19:9-10  “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. 10 And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.

Leviticus 19:18   18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.

Matthew 19:17-22   17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honour your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Luke 10:27     27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.

Romans 13:9   For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.

James 2:8   If you really fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself,” you are doing well.

1 John 4:16   16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Psalm 63:3    Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.

Romans 13:10   10 Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7    Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:13     13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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