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The Lifestyle of Love (1 John 4:7-11)Tommy Boring, October 19, 2014
Part of the Does He Abide Within? series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
We can't explain why God loves us. You can never be loved like God loves you. Love is not just a word. One can talk love all day but words are simply words. People will talk about the cloud of discouragement and depression that follow them. Romans 5:6-8 People that are lost often feel that God hates them and others. If we are Christians, we are required to love. Mat 22:24 We must love God with everything within us and then love others. There are only two rules for living a Christian life. Love God first and foremost. After that we are to love one another as we love ourselves. If we are loving God with everything within us, we shouldn't have a problem with loving others easily. When God was willing to forgive you, then we also are to forgive others. 1 Jon 4:20-21 We are to love our neighbors if we love God. We are not only required to love but compelled to love. If Christ lives inside you then He compels you to love others. 1 John 3:17-18 If you walk by someone that is truly in need and you feel no need to help, then are you loving God and a Christian? We often feel that their are those that deserve to be unloved, but if it wasn't from God WE would've been in the same boat. If you feel that there's nothing much you can do for someone, PRAY for them. Christians should be willing to get dirty, get in the ditch to help a person in need. How many of Christians are living this way? Is your love active? If you've been able to get over being saved, then you likely haven't been saved. Most church attenders will leave the church and never look to spread love. 1 Cor 13:1-3 People struggle and give the excuse about, "I don't know what to say...". Don't worry about what to say, let God say it for you, through you. If love (God) isn't the motivator then what's it for?
Tommy and his wife Teresa were married at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church June of 1985. His first full-time church ministry was at Meadow Branch Primitive Baptist Church where he served as their pastor for 2 years and 9 months. Tommy and Teresa have 3 sons; Christopher, Justin and Blake.
In October of 1991 Tommy was called as pastor of Edgewood Primitive Baptist Church and stayed until October of 2002 fulfilling God’s call for Edgewood.
Since January 2003, he has been the pastor of NPPBC. His two oldest children are married and live in the Maryville area.
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1 John 4:7-11
7Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. (KJV)