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Connecting to a Higher Love: Committed
February 10, 2019

Connecting to a Higher Love: Committed

Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Connecting to a Higher Love | Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! We spend time, energy, and money to show others that we love them. Sometimes we are disappointed by the gifts of others, because we wonder if they truly love us. In the sermon series, Connecting to a Higher Love, we discover that God has spent time, energy, and His most priceless possession in order to love us! God’s gift of love can transform how we love each other. In the sermon, Committed, we turn to John 14:23-31 and Jesus teaching his disciples about the power of God’s love. Our commitments always define us, either they will lift our vision to something higher, or they will drag us down to lower expectations. As Jesus teaches the disciples, we learn the powerful commitments that will build a greater love in our lives. As you read John 14:23-31, what gifts has God given us to empower us to love each other? John 14:23-31 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. 25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. 28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. “Come now; let us leave. (NIV)

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