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July 5, 2020 | Doug Sauder
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What Are You Doing to Love Others?
As Christians, we’re constantly told how important it is for us to give to, serve, and love others. But why? What are the reasons behind this call? This weekend, Pastor Chris Baselice of our Plantation campus shared a powerful message from 2 Corinthians 5:9–21 explaining the heart and motivation behind the others-centered lifestyle that Christians are called to live.
Watch this short video to see how this weekend’s teaching affected some of our fellow church members. To watch this teaching or other messages from this series, click here.
For the Note Takers
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Chris’ teaching this weekend:
The Fear of the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:9–11): One day, every believer will stand before the Lord, our Judge, and be judged for our works . . . for what we did with the time, talents, and resources the Lord has given us. Everything we say and do will be inspected by Christ; all our works, motives, and stewardship will be revealed, tested, and judged.
The Love of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:12–15): When was the last time you considered the lengths Christ went through to show His love for you? When we consider that His love led Him to die for others—for us—there is no room for selfishness or self-centered living in the hearts of His children, those who understand His love.
The Power of the Gospel (2 Corinthians 5:16–17): After becoming a Christian, the apostle Paul not only started to view Christ differently, but he also began viewing people differently. Knowing who he was and who he is in light of the gospel changed his perspective, and it should change ours, too.
The Weight of Eternity (2 Corinthians 5:18–21): How many will go into eternity having not received the reconciliation God offers us freely? That’s a question we must ask ourselves, because we know the good news—urgent news—and we don’t know how much time we have.
Quote to Remember: "A lost world is not on the doorstep of a powerless, loveless God, but on the doorstep of an apathetic, unconcerned church!"—Pastor Chris Baselice
Featured Article: Serve to Share
This week’s article discusses how important it is to back up our words with actions. Jesus never failed to not only speak words of love, but also act out His love. Authentic love is love shown. Find out how seeking to show love to others not only shows Jesus’ love to those around us, but is also a commandment from Jesus. Click here to read the article!
A Look Ahead
This Wednesday, Pastor Jerry Sander from our Boca Raton campus will teach from the Book of Revelation on the church of Laodicea. This teaching focuses on the dangers of being a lukewarm believer, how imperative it is that we recognize our need for a Savior and repent of our sins, and how to recognize God’s voice.
This weekend, Pastor Doug will kick off our new four-week series, “The Wonder of Christmas,” with an exploration of the town of Bethlehem, its significance, and God’s plan for it—and us.