Pastor John is going to start a series of sermons on how we need to learn to love each other more. He wants us to learn how to love the Lord and the body more. Also on how to relate better to the body and to become a greater part to the family of God.
Now this is a big subject for me and I am trying to learn as much as I can. I am going to tell you what I am learning rather than wait until I am perfect with it and share with you. I think it is sometimes better for us to learn together, when I am learning and I am learning from you.”
Pastor John’s message to us is about believing in God’s love. Believing in His love is principle and foundational for all of the rest of the expression of love.
The issue is love and believing in love is the very issue of whether or not you’ll have God’s peace ruling in your heart. Whether the dominant force in your heart and emotions is peace rather than turmoil and confusion. If you know the love of God you’ll see His grace and peace work together.
Everything in the Kingdom of God works on the loving principle. Everything.”
The gifts of the Spirit are operated on the basis of love. The power gifts of the Lord are operated on the basis of love and compassion. Even your faith must operate by love. You cannot fill your heart with faith and operate in the Spirit unless you do it through these means of love.
Loving God is simply responding to His love then beginning to trust, rely and depend on it. It will become such a love habit that you will know that He loves you so that no mater what comes up and you see, you will know that you know His love for you.”
In the morning service leading up to his message Pastor John talked about the love of the Lord and the dimensions of His love. Also that we need to learn and come to a place or reliance upon the love of the Lord, not only know about it but know it. How we need to know His love in such a way that circumstances in life don’t pull us off course, make us doubt, cause us to stumble or any way be afraid. Instead we need to let the love of the Lord build up our confidence, strength and faith in the Lord until there is a constant knowledge in our hearts of our place in the presence of God.
Pastor John begins his message in the night sermon by reading from Ephesians 3:14-19 where we hear the heart of Paul the Apostle yearning over a church that has been dynamic but he knows there is more for it.
14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom every familya in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Paul is saying that in the Church there is the possibility of the total measure of the fullness of God to manifest and dwell in. That we as a body can come to a measure of a walk with God that we haven’t seen or even dreamed about.
This scripture as I have meditated on it over the years has literally challenged my spirit, my mind and my heart. It has never allowed me to be complacent with any place that I have grown in God because I know there is so much more.”
Pastor John believes that a Christian that is fruitful, flourishing, and growing up in God has to be a Christian growing down into agape love. When you are in an agape commitment you are in an anything that is needed commitment. The Church begins by everyone becoming servants like Jesus was and doing what is needed.
The Bible says being rooted and grounded in this agape commitment. is the basis for what we do. This is our life as we learn to serve, care, take care of and give of ourselves for other people.
You can’t know about agape without involving yourself in it. By rolling up your sleeves and getting involved with peoples lives, getting involved in service, and getting involved in servanthood. Then it doesn’t just come in your ear as theology but you begin to know the love of Christ.”
Paul the Apostle says that when we have that rooting and grounding then we will be able to grasp the whole concept of what God is about. It is then we will be able to experience and to know the love of God.
Pastor John asks how do we enter into this kind of love relationship. In 2 Peter 1:5-9 Peter tells the believers to take several steps of adding to their faith.
5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
Peter is telling the saints to just keep adding these dimensions to your faith. He is expressing to us that you don’t just jump into agape with a one-time experience. It starts with a process of adding to your life until you get to brotherly kindness and you can then make that grow into commitment love.
Pastor John has found that the greatest joy in life really is in serving. Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive. He challenges Grace Chapel attendees to let the Holy Spirit change your mind and understand that to go into the next dimension of His power and grace He wants this body to become given to each other.
Get into a situation where you put effort, time and prayer into building somebody or something, giving yourself to the body and you will find that the supernatural dimension will come right along with it. He said earnestly desire the best gifts but I show them to you a more excellent way and that is the way of love, the way of giving our lives.”
This message on God’s deposit of love was part of a renewal meeting from April 1996. Pastor John begins by speaking about an importance at that time for us to have an emphasis of getting into the Word. When the Holy Spirit moves on the Word that is when creation starts.
I don’t know about you but I have a whole bunch of stuff in me that’s really not in me that needs to be there. There are areas of my life that I just need some fine tuning maybe, but there are other areas that are just not there to accomplish what God wants to do in my life.”
On of the things Pastor John wants us to learn about in this message is what the Holy Spirit does, what some of his basic contentions are and what are some of the most powerful things he does. The Holy Spirit who puts the love of God in our hearts as we see this revealed in Romans 5.
The minute you start to believe in Jesus, faith in Him creates hope for the future. So we beginning to hope and hope doesn’t make us ashamed why? Because the basic issue of change in us, the element by which God will bring His righteousness in us is His love in us.”
The Holy Spirit has poured in the love of God into our hearts, but we don’t know how to walk in love yet. Love is there but we don’t know what to do with it because it doesn’t fit our mindsets of how we should act about each other. We need to start looking at the love of God like it is a reality.
Why don’t we make room for His love to be poured into our hearts knowing that it is one of the primary purposes of the Holy Spirit is to enable us to keep the commandments of God? Pastor John honestly believes that the Holy Spirit and the reason He wants us to constantly be in the Spirit as Jesus said is if we just abide in the vine you’ll produce much fruit. The works of the Holy Spirit is to pour the love of God into our hearts.
The more I love the more I act on love. The more I walk in love the more love pushes the boarders. The Holy Spirit deposits it there but it is like a stewardship. Now that he has deposited it I now need to give it away. As I give it away it grows and more comes in because we are not love reservoirs, we are love channels. As we channel that love to someone else in a way, kindness, courtesy, faithfulness, interest in each other, listening , hearing, inquiring about one another lovingly, all of those things will increase my ability to love and cause it to grow in a greater way.”
Pastor John will be reading from 1 Corinthians 12 and 13 for his message. The entire Book of Corinthians is giving answers to situations to life problems in the Corinthians Church. Pastor John wants to read portions of his correction about the gifts of the Spirit. Through these scriptures he wants to talk about Jesus’s love, how much He loves us and How much in the scripture there is about God’s love for us.
If you build your foundation upon Jesus, Him alone, and His Word, you are not unsure, you are as sure as you can be. Cause there is nothing more sure in the whole universe than the Word of God.”
Pastor John believes that God want to work more locally than nationally because a true national movement must be a true local movement. The object of God’s desire is not to raise up another great healing ministry or evangelist, but His desire is to raise up His Church with all the ministries and with all her equipment. Pastor John will talk about becoming equipped and how easy and simple that really is. He will do this by sharing from some of the experiences that he has had and from the Word.
The Word of God is full of words that the NIV calls take heart, don’t be afraid. Your faith has saved you, trust in God, it is me, and don’t be afraid because He is compassionate. I believe that the Lord wants to put that so deeply into our own spirits in that we will recognize it not as a human thing that we need to get a hold of, but a human thing that we need to let go because it is one of the ways God’s love, anointing and power can move through us. I’m not talking about pity I am talking about compassion.”