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His Great Love

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Introduction

Genesis 6:5 ESV
5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Job 14:1 ESV
1 “Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble.

A Troubled World

By one man’s sin wickedness
++Was great in the earth
++Filled the thoughts of man
++Man’s heart was changed
Natural birth into this world
++Would limit our days
++Amplify trouble in life
Solomon called it
++Life under the sun
Ecclesiastes 1:14 ESV
14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.
Solomon called it
Life under the sun
++Vanity
Ecclesiastes 4:4 ESV
4 Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
Solomon called it
Life under the sun
Vanity
++Chasing the wind

We Must Be Changed

Romans 12:1–2 ESV
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
The plea for change
++Came to believers
++Recognizes the need for change
A Price of change
++Will challenge the present
1 Peter 4:1 ESV
1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
A Price of change
Will challenge the present
++Will counter the past
1 Peter 4:3 ESV
3 For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.
A Price of change
Will challenge the present
Will counter the past
The power of change helps us
++Know God
++Be know of God
++Make God known
1 Peter 4:2 ESV
2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.

Change requires a change agent.

Ephesians 2:1–10 ESV
1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

A Promised New Life

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Ephesians 2:4–7 ESV
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

The Qualities of God

God's abundance of Mercy
++Shown in his Great love
++Recognized by us
John 1:14 ESV
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
In our sin
++He made himself visible
++He made himself available
++He extended his grace
Psalm 98:2 ESV
2 The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
God’s Calling to us
Isaiah 55:5 ESV
5 Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.
2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

We are changed with a Purpose

God has
++Made himself known to us
++Shined in our heart

We must Give that Light to Others

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