Loving Life

Loving Life

Text:
Title: Loving Life
Speaker: Pastor Greg Pollak

Introduction:

Question: Do you love your life?

  • How would someone know you love your life?
  • The abortion debate is about the love of life.
  • God loves life.
  • Abortion is murder and a lack of love for life.  It is sin.
  • Abortion is a forgivable sin. The only unforgivable sin is unbelief.

Sanctity – means the utmost of importance

Context:

  • First 11 chapters of Romans deals with the Gospel and our ability to be justified by faith alone
  • is a transition
    • From this point on Romans deals with what a transformed life looks like
    • A life we are called to live every day in light of our great salvation

Sermon Notes:

What does a transformed life look like?

  • Loves ()
    • A person who loves their life, loves others.
    • Loves the unruly neighbor, the muslim, the unloveable people.
    • Love fulfills the law and was done perfectly through Jesus.
      • Although we can never fulfill the law perfectly like Jesus we should strive to live a life seeking to love people.
    • Love seeks others gain at your expense.
  • Looks Up ()
    • We are closer to heaven today then we were yesterday.  Today could be the day that Jesus calls us home.  Are we looking forward to that?
  • Leaves Behind ()

Small Group Questions

  • Do you love your life? Why, or why not?
  • What would others say about your love for life?
  • Read .  How does loving fulfill the law?  Does your love for others measure up in fulfilling the law? Why or why not?
  • Make a list of the people who are in your life, of the relationships you have with neighbors, at work, and any other place.  How well do you show them love?  What steps can you take today, to begin to love them better?
  • Read . How does the reality that with every day that passes you are closer to heaven make you feel?  Why?
  • In the message, Pastor Greg said, “a life that loves, obeys Jesus.” As a follower of Jesus, when you fail to obey Christ, how does it make you feel?
  • What sin(s) do you need to “leave behind” in your life?
  • How does leaving behind sin, show our love for life?
  • How would you live your life, if you were told you only have a few weeks or months to live?

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (ESV)

12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (ESV)

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (ESV)

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. (ESV)

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (ESV)

12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (ESV)

22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (ESV)

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (ESV)

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. (ESV)

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