“Defined by Love”

Love is central to our identity as Jesus’ disciples—it is the defining quality a Christian, but we must first receive God’s love for us, before we can truly love others. 

“Perfect Love” – various texts

The brokenness of this world makes us doubt wether love can be a solid enough foundation on which to rest our deepest hopes. But God’s perfect, unfailing loves perfects our own love so that we are no longer driven by our fears and is the greatest love we could have ever hoped for.

“The Empathy of Christ” – Hebrews 4:14-16

We are reluctant to approach a holy God because of our struggle with sin, pain and sorrow. But the love of God expressed through the empathy of Christ invites us to come to Him with confidence – knowing that He understands us and receives us with open arms.

“The Faithful Son” – various texts

It’s not until we realize how utterly impossible it is to meet God’s demands through our own strength that we begin to truly understand why we need God’s grace in order to be saved. As our Champion, Jesus not only paid the penalty for our sins, but also lived the perfectly righteous life that we couldn’t live and credited it to …

“A Needed Gift” – various texts

The gospel is the story of God’s forgiveness, but why did God sacrifice His Son to accomplish this forgiveness? God saw that the only solution to this problem is that He himself must pay the penalty for our sins.  

“God in a Box” – 2 Samuel 6

Superstition attempts to manipulate God’s power through our actions but the fear of the Lord is the only proper foundation for a life of faith.

“Worship in the Wilderness” -Psalm 63

There are some invaluable lessons that God desires to teach us but they can only be learned in the silence and solitude of the wilderness. Listen as the man after God’s own heart reveals the heart of God to all who seek Him.

“Israel’s Shepherd” – 2 Samuel 2-5

In the chaos of life, God does not call us to take control of what we believe His plan for us to be, but to yield control to Him and grow in our faith through a posture of patience, waiting and trusting in Him.  

“The Journey of Lament” – Psalms of David (Steve Lee)

How has your faith played a role in processing your pain? Do you know how to lament in the Lord? To lament is to honestly acknowledge and express our emotions to God and seek God’s understanding and help in processing the pain of our past.