Message Series
Love Your Neighbor

Put your Stones Down

Josh Kelly | December 15, 2019

Love Your Neighbor By Pastor Josh Kelly

Ephesians 5:14-16 (MSG)
Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light! So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!

Acts 2:46-47 (MSG)
They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.

John 13:35 (MSG)
“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

God chooses to reveal Himself and His love through us, through His church!

The Church doesn’t love the way Jesus calls and shows us too, is because there is a disconnect from the source.

Ephesians 5 (MSG)
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

John 13:35 (MSG)
“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. PAUSE. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

The greatest mark of Christian maturity is simply how we love people.

Jesus goes into a town to find a woman who..
John 8:3-11 (MSG)
The religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain sight of everyone and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger in the dirt. They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.” Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt. Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. Jesus stood up and spoke to her. “Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?” “No one, Master.” “Neither do I,” said Jesus. “Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.”

There is gold in everybody.

What do you see when you look at people?

Who needs your encouragement?

1. You

1 Samuel 30: 6 (KJV)
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

2. Your Circle

When was the last time you encouraged somebody face to face?

Who in your circle needs your encouragement?

3. Strangers

4. Your Enemy (somebody who doesn’t deserve it)

Who in your life can you surprise with encouragement?

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