Sunday Worship Broadcast - June 23, 2019

We continued our worship series, “The Glory of a Resurrected Church.” According to extensive international research by Natural Church Development (1000 churches in six continents over a 10 year period), healthy growing churches have a higher love quotient on average than stagnant or declining churches. That research tells us that when the quality of loving relationships is high in a church there is no longer a need to focus on quantitative growth (increased attendance). No scientific methodology can actually measure love itself, but we can measure the practical expressions of love. Galatians 5:22-23 is one of the classical biblical texts on the essence of love. These fruits of the Spirit are different expressions of the essential nature of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love: but is expressed through 8 qualities - joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. What is your love quotient? Come and explore the development of the fruit of love in your life!

Sermon Theme: “The Three Colors of Love”
Scripture: Galatians 5:2-6, 13-18
Overview: Love. It is one of the most central words of Christian theology, and yet one of the foggiest words on the planet earth. Many Christians who use this term communicate a secular understanding rather than a fully biblical concept. Sometimes it almost seems that as Christians we haven’t even really begun to grasp the full scope of the biblical concept of love, let alone put it into practice. What is the primary problem in most churches that are not growing? Lack of loving relationships. So what is this biblical understanding of love? Throughout the Old Testament, scripture constantly summarizes the essence of God’s character in terms of justice, truth and grace. But we can only practice these three values in love if we integrate all of them into our expression of it. If we fail to do this, though we might still practice justice, truth or grace, we have failed to truly love.