Prayer: Heavenly Father, it is with heartfelt gratitude that I stand before this waiting congregation this morning. I invite the Holy Spirit to continue to lead and guide this service. It is my hope that all who hear these words will grow to understand your love for each of us, and that we will pass that love on to others. In Jesus name I do pray. Amen.
Key Scripture: 1 John 3:1-6. “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it does not know him.
- Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
- Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
- Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
- But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
- No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
The Song: Jesus Loves Me:
Jesus loves me, this simple child-like song was written in the 1800’s. The lyrics are credited to Anna Bartlett Warren in 1860, and the music and chorus is credited to William B. Bradbury. (Google)
If you grew up as a “church-kid”, “Jesus Loves Me,” was probably one of the first songs you were taught that you can still remember.
Jesus Loves Me! This I know, For the Bible tells me so; Little ones to him belong, They are weak but He is strong.
The song and our key Scripture (1 John 3:1-6), goes on to affirm that the proof of Jesus’ love for you and me can be found in the Bible. One of my favorite teaching questions in any Bible Study or Sunday School class, is asking “where can we find that information in the Bible” Someone may be courageous enough to ask why finding information in the Bible, makes an affirmation or statement so special, and true?
We can then explain that the Bible is a very important book. Psalm 119: 105 says, “ Your word (the Bible) is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path ( Ft. nt. Lamp…light. Apart from which I could only grope about in darkness.( NIV pg. 1253) We’ve all had periods of groping about in darkness. We don’t need to continue groping in darkness. By asking the Holy Spirit to help us as we read and study the Bible will guide us to an understanding of God’s Words. Light and/or understanding can be gained which is meant to put us on the right path. The path that God wants us to travel. He has a path for each of us, based on the gifts and talents He has given us.
The Bible is a collection of ancient writings about God (Yahweh) in two (2) parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. Testament means agreement, Scripture means “Sacred Writings”. The Old Testament contains stories about an old agreement between God (Yahweh) and man (the Hebrews) when the Hebrews came out of Egypt …and how it worked out. (1. A Scriptographic Booklet, pg.2).
The Scriptures that we study are “God Breathed,” the life that God’s breath gives to His words is the same life that God breathed into Adam. “Genesis 2:7 Then the Lord formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”(2. NIV Study Bible, pg. 13). “ 2 Timothy 3:16-17- All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,: 17- so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”( 3. NIV Study Bible, pg, 2525).
The New Testament contains stories and teachings about a new agreement between God and man based on the teachings and life of Jesus –who opened up a relationship with God to all men who believed in Him and accepted God’s forgiveness of their sins. (4. A Scriptographic Booklet, same pg 2)
The Bible was written by many different authors, mostly Hebrews, some unknown. It was written at different times over about 1,000 years —from about 900 B.C. to 100 A.D. At different places – Palestine, Babylon, Egypt. Rome, Corinth. The Bible was written for different purposes—to teach religion and patriotism, to describe the Messiah. (3. Same)
The Protestant Bibles includes 66 writings. Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Angelician Bibles contains 73 writings.(4. Same). Protestant – any Western Christian who is not an adherent of a Catholic, Angelican, or Eastern Church. (Google- Protestant)
Scriptural Proof of Jesus’ love for us:
Where does the Bible tell me that Jesus loves me? Here are just a few Scriptures that teach of Jesus’s love for us: (Note: use of NIV translation of the Bible)
- John 3:16 – 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.
- 1 John 4:8 – Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love.
- John 15:9-10 – As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love.
- John 13:34 – A new command I give you, Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Psalm 145:9 – The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
Who is Jesus?
Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
John 1:1-14 –In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
- 2 Chronicles 7: 14 – If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
- 1 John 4:19 – 21
19.We love because he first loved us.
20.If anyone says, “ I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
- And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Jesus’ love is not a permissive love, by any means.
Hebrews 12: 5-8 says:
- And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
- because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.
- Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?
- If you are not disciplines (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
It is my hope that the Song: Jesus Loves Me, will get into our hearts and minds in a new way. Not to minimize our time spent together, but to enhance how we value the love Jesus has for us. Jesus loves us completely. He wants a continuing love relationship with us. He doesn’t want anyone to be lost to sin.
“Yes, Jesus Loves Me” is the title of the message delivered by Reverend Glenda Brunson in the worship service at Grand Villa of Saint Petersburg, FL on September 27, 2015. The Sunday services are provided by Sharing the Glory Ministries, Pastor Alfonso Woods, Pastor.