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Are You Dreading the Meeting or Looking Forward to It? (1 John 4:7-21)Tommy Boring, November 15, 2015
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
We know we should love but it seems hard when someone wrongs us. We must first experience the love of God first before we can love others like He loves us. How many of us are completely surrendered to God's love? When you're born again, God moves into you and dwells within you. A lot of people will tell you that they've been saved but if the Spirit isn't there, they are lost. The Spirit of God will bare witness with itself. No matter how good a person is and how much they do will not make a difference if you're lost. Perfect love will have no fear. The fear of God means that He is always above Him, not to be afraid of Him. We should reverence Him for what He has done and will do. Having perfect love means that we will not fear death and the judgement because God has cast those dreads away. For those that are born again there is a longing to be with God unlike those that are lost that dread the meeting of God. Our flesh will always want to live but being saved and having God live within us, that inward yearns to be with God. If you're thinking that being saved gives you a free ticket to sin and do whatever you want to do and yet still go to heaven, then you're lost. You're lost because the bible states that once you're born again you're made a new creature, what you once loved you will now hate.
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 4:7-21
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. 12No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19We love him, because he first loved us. 20If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. (KJV)