Love A New Way 2.4.18

Sunday's Message
February 4, 2018


The way we’ve been loving hasn’t worked.  Divorce is rampant.  We’re not bringing people to Jesus and we’re producing selfish children and grandchildren.  The old way of loving was to love our neighbors as ourselves.  This Sunday I’m preaching on “Love a New Way” from John 13:3-38.    

We’ll see Jesus at the Lord’s Supper table performing the task of the lowest, cheapest slave: washing feet.  When the disciples entered the upper room there should have been a slave to perform that task, but since there was none, one of the disciples should’ve taken it on.  I’m sure they looked around wondering who would demean himself by doing it.  Finally Jesus, Lord of the universe, got up and did it, thus showing them how to serve.  Then he said one of them would betray him.  He would then give them a new commandment, to love one another as he has loved them: without betrayal, through service and through the power of the Holy Spirit.  He didn’t begin his ministry until the Holy Spirit came upon him (Matthew 3:16).  He worked through the power of the Father (John 5:30).  This had been predicted in Isaiah 11:1-5.  He told them to wait for the Holy Spirit before they began their ministry (Acts 1:4-8).  Then they could love through God’s power and not their own.     

So let’s love a new way.  If we love on our own power we fail.  If we love through God’s power we have joy, we impact others and we can relax in his grace.  Join us Sunday as we learn to do that.

Men, join us Saturday at 7:00 as we have our monthly Men’s Breakfast.  We’ll eat, sing, pray and learn about how to love those closest to us.

With love in Christ,
Dr. Jim Meek