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The biblical definition of agape love is a determined act of the will which produces acts of self giving without thought of personal gain. Spiritual activity done without love accomplishes nothing for the person doing it. We can be biblically knowledgeable but badly behaved. There’s something inside us that likes the thought of being called “the great power of God.” You can give it all away and end up without anything to show for it. True spirituality starts with yielding control of your heart to the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 4:17-24 In 1879, Anglican Bishop J.C. Ryle wrote, "I have had a deep conviction for many years that practical holiness and entire consecration to God are not sufficiently attended to by modern Christians." That was more than a hundred years ago. Since then, the topic of gospel-empowered holiness has been lost almost entirely; which brings up a couple of pressing questions: whatever happened to holiness? And, is it still important that we devote ourselves to shunning sin and growing in obedience to God?
That stepping up that is needed for us to carry out the trust God has given us, where will the power for that job come from? How will God bring about the change in us as individuals and as a congregation? God’s Spirit will do that work in us and He will do it by His Word.
Where our treasure is, there our heart is also. We need to live loving that which God loves. Our heart needs to break for what break's God's heart. If we are going to live a life transformed by God, we need to step out of the box. We need to be talking to God through prayer and listening to His word through the bible.
Our only dominate life principle should be loving God. If we are going to make loving God the preeminent value of our life, we need to love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and with all our strength.
When discussing prayer we hear a lot of people asking, "Is prayer effective." But what if that's the wrong first concern? Prayer at it's core is an expression of a longing within us. When we ask, "Is prayer effective.", we are questioning whether we should take that longing to God or whether we should trust ourselves, someone else or something else with our longings. In this sermon we start with James, the brother of Jesus, who calls us to pray for another and that our prayers can be effective. We also look at some ways we are to pray for another, 1) that love may abound (hearts), 2) that knowledge and discernment may grow with it (head), and 3) that we might grow as a people who live well and fruitfully in the declaration and demonstration of the gospel (hands).