Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Human Suffering, Injustice and the Christian Response – Part 4

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  Matthew 22:36-39

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”     Luke 10:27

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  Mark 12:30

A. What We Must Recover: First Love for Jesus Christ

1. First Love Define

The love of God in the heart of the believer that empowers him or her to
faithfully obey the Great Commandments to love God, our neighbors and
the one another commands in the body of Christ.

2. First Love Present

a. Newness of First Love

b. Enthusiasm of First Love

TODAY:

c. Objects of First Love

– God: Matthew 22:36-39, Luke 10:27, Mark 12:30

– People: Matthew 22:39-40

– God’s people: John 13:33-34, 1 John 3:14-18

– Sinners: Matthew 11:19, Matthew 9:13, Matthew 9:26, Matthew 20:34, Mark 1:41