Love God, Love Others, Love Well

Sermon Notes ;

“Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to ____________ it.”

“Those who learn from history have the best chance to _____________ it.”

If we only look ____________, it is difficult to see where we are _____________.   If we only look ________________ it is difficult to see where we have ______________.

The key is to look ______________ and ___________ to get to where you ___________ to be.

How do we ___________________ what has happened here since 1864 and how do we ________________ what will happen in the future?

Love God…Love Others

The first time the word “love” is associated with God is in the _______  ______________.

Exodus 20:5-6

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Jesus __________________ the importance of loving God and loving others.

Matthew 22:36-40

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Love Well

We’ve now switched from ________ to love to _________ to love.

Loving well means a ___________________to the truth; saying yes to ___________________ and saying no to _____________________.

Jesus knew how to love _____________.

John 4:39 

39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”

1.  Loving well means a __________________ to the truth.

            There is no love in ___________________.

            Loving well in 2014 means being willing to __________       the truth, even when others don’t want to __________ it.

2.  Loving well means saying “yes” to _____________________.

            Is Buffalo Valley known more for what we are     __________ or what we are ______________?

            Compassion is not pointing out someone’s sin and          then pointing them to the ___________.

            Compassion in not ______________ the wagons but   inviting other _________ the wagon.

3.  Loving well means saying “no” to ______________________.

            Does a commitment to the truth carry with it an ________________ to condemn?   ___________!

John 3:17 

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

            If Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn it, is it    even remotely possible that God would give that job           to you or me?

            Not ___________________ someone is not the same as            _______________ their behavior.

            Buffalo Valley Church of the Brethren has a         _________________ heritage…let’s go make history!