These are notes for your personal Bible study. I pray that you use these notes to go deeper into God’s Word. I am fairly excited about these particular notes. These are sermon notes from our first Sunday sermon video. God is doing great things at FaithPoint. This is just a small step. We look forward to the greater things yet to come.
The sermon title is If You Love Me, You Will Keep My Commandments. Our text for this sermon comes from John 14:15-24.
*What an abundant life is not. *What an abundant life does look like.
Jesus ties your love for him with what you do with him.
*Love is an action not a feeling. *Faith without works is dead.
You don’t need the Helper if you live your life like you don’t need help.
An abundant life is not about your prosperity – it does not mean you will be healthy, rich, liked by everyone, have the biggest house on the street, the most expensive car in the garage.
However, an abundant life is also not about laziness, being worried, complacent, apathy, or stagnant.
An abundant life is not marked by fear:
- Fear of risk
- Fear of failure
- Fear of rejection
- Fear of the unknown
An abundant life is marked by Jesus. An abundant life is a radical life. An abundant life is compelled to live as Christ has called you to live. An abundant life is content with their current circumstances because they are content in Christ. God promises to supply your needs not your wants. The person living the abundant life in Jesus:
- They have joy
- They understand risk
- They want to live a life with no regrets
- They have peace
- They understand this life is uncomfortable
- They understand this life is hard
- They do not complain because they are content in Jesus
You cannot have the blessings of God apart from the discipline of God. *illustration: Bryson and his Thor hammer
Because I love my son, I want him to do what I tell him. My instruction and discipline is to keep him from getting hurt, burned, bit, etc. Ultimately, my instruction and discipline is strategically pushing him to Christ.
Jesus does the same thing to us. Jesus ties our love to him to our actions that come out of our love for him.
If you love me, keep my commandments. Commandments are not optional. Jesus does not give us suggestions.
In Matthew 6, Jesus talks about praying, fasting, and giving >Pray bold and confident, audacious prayers. Fast because you believe that God sustains you and not food alone. Give because you trust God with your whole being.
Matthew 22 > Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Luke 9:23 > Take up your cross and follow me.
Luke 14:33 >Renounce all things because Christ is far better than anything.
Matthew 28, Acts 1:8 > Spread the gospel.
If you love Jesus, you will be marked by your passion for him, your devotion to him, and your faith in him, your walk with him.
Your love for Jesus is so important that you have abandoned this life, culture, world, for Jesus. You are not afraid of what people might say or do to you. You are unashamed of the gospel >Romans 1:16 You are unashamed of Jesus.
If your life looks normal by the world’s standards – your life does not look like the Scripture. If your life is normal by the Scripture than you are radical by the world’s standards.
1 John 2:3-6.
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