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How Loving God Leads to Loving Others

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Date: June 3, 2018

Speaker: Jay O'Brien

Series: Love Your Neighbor

Scripture: Luke 10:25–10:28, Luke 10:38–10:42

“The volume of business in religion far outweighs the spiritual capital of its leaders. The initial consequence is that leaders substitute image for substance, satisfying the customer temporarily but only temporarily, on good days deny that there is any problem (easy to do, since business is so good), on bad days hoping that someone will show up with the infusion of capital. No one is going to show up. The final consequence is bankruptcy. The bankruptcies are dismayingly frequent.” Eugene Peterson, Under the Unpredictable Plant

We love God by learning from him

"One reason that the expression of the love of God is so often limited in Western society is that we do not expect it to change society and people except in a very spiritualized and narrowly defined way. We see the gospel as primarily rescuing us from hell and getting us to heaven. We have lost sight of “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” And when we do not expect it to change lives, we will not see it change lives.” John Perkins, Beyond Charity: The Call to Christian Community Development
We love God by delighting in his commands
       Duty                                                                  Delight
relieve self-guilt                                      genuine satisfaction in loving
means to self-applause                           means to promote others
prioritize commands that benefit me      opened to being challenged
We love God by obeying his command to love others
  • be a learner
  • be humble
  • be empowering