Christmas Playlist – Advent 4 – LoveDecember 20, 2020
“At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.” ― Mother Teresa
Big Idea: During the Christmas season each year people seem to be just a little bit more loving. They are more patient toward one another. They are generous toward one another. They are more caring toward one another. The reason this time of year brings this out in us is, underneath it all, Christmas is about love. It is about true agape love that is displayed in the sacrifice God made by sending his only son to earth to rescue us from our fallen state.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17
Point 1: God is
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:7-10
When God is at work in our lives it is because he wants what is best for us. When God is directing us it is because he is for us.
Point 2: You don’t fall You choose
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
God loved the world to such an extreme that he sacrificed his son on the cross. This was motivated by love.
Point 3: Love comes to the
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17
Love doesn’t look out for its interest, but in the interests of
Point 4: The wrapping should reveal what is inside
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”John 13:34-35
Application: Live out the love that has been given to you toward people around you.
The way the world around us changes is that we choose to love people well.
Point 5: The best Christmas ever is a
Love is the most powerful force in the universe and it can set the tone for the next year of your life and those around you too. The greatest of these will always be Love