Sunday May 3, 2020 Worship Service
Scripture Reading & Opening Prayer
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be revered above all gods.
Honor and majesty are before Him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in holy splendor;
tremble before him, all the earth.
Scripture Reading - 1 John 3:1-3
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are!
The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.
But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.
Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself,
just as he is pure.”
(1 John 3:1–3, NIV84)
God's Great Love For Us
1 John 3:1
1 John 3:1–3 (NIV84)
1How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
2Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
3Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
How is love a motivator? How can feeling unloved or rejected be devastating?
Human love is wonderful, but God’s love is far greater.
Ephesians 3:17–19 (NIV84)
17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Praise God for His great love for us in making us His children!
1) The Father’s love lavished on us
John knew Jesus and while he reflected over his life, he understood what motivated him and gave him hope.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,”
1a) We should be amazed and instructed
As an exclamation – the Father’s great love for us should amaze us.
The great love that God has for us should dominate our thoughts, control our behavior, motivate us to serve, give us comfort in our trials, fill us with hope, awe and worship because God is the sovereign Lord of the universe.
As a command – the Father’s great love for us should instruct us.
Stop everything else! Look at this! Think about it! Ponder the significance of it!
What are some things in your life that are keeping you from being amazed and instructed?
1b) God’s love given as a gift
“The Father has given/lavished on us”
This love is not earned but given as a gift from God’s grace.
Romans 5:6–8 (NIV84)
6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.
8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
See also Ephesians 2:4-7, Romans 8:38-39
We cannot pay back this gift of God’s love from Him.
Receive it by faith, bow in wonder, give thanks and love God and others in response.
Are there ways you are tempted to try and pay back God’s gift of love?
2) The Father’s love makes us His children
“that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
Children of God is not just a title, but rather it is also signifying a condition.
John 1:12–13 (NIV84)
12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
1 Peter 1:3 (NIV84)
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
God’s love has made us His children through Jesus Christ, and this should cause us to feel His love and to love God in return.
All the riches of Christ are yours for this time and for all eternity.
Have you ever wished you were born into a family with great wealth? The truth is, it is a great privilege to be born into God’s family!
3) The Father’s love distinguishes us from the world
“The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
John 1:11 (NIV84)
11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
Believing in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord distinguishes us from the world.
One of the distinguishing marks of God’s children is that they know Him.
John 17:3 (NIV84)
3Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
If you know Jesus Christ, you are an alien in this world that has reject Christ.
I wonder today how many of us feel like aliens in this world?
1 Peter 4:3–4 (NIV84)
3For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
4They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you.
We need to go into the world to seek and to save the lost, not to be part of the world.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face; and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace”
I encourage you to read over the lyrics to this ancient hymn “The Love of God”
You can listen to the hymn also below as way of responding today to the message.
“The Love of God”
The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest hell.
The guilty pair bowed down with care; God gave His Son to win.
His erring child He reconciled and pardoned from his sin.
When hoary time shall pass away, and earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray, on rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure, all measureless and strong.
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race; the saints’ and angels’ song.
Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky.
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.
Questions for discussion and reflection (taken from a few resources and adopted)
How can we practically keep our first love for God fresh and vital?
“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” (James 4:4, NIV84). How then should we properly love worldly people?
What are three things that stood out to you today from this message?
There are a few other questions throughout the message.
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
(2 Corinthians 13:14, NIV84)
Join Us For A Virtual Coffee Time On Zoom
Pastor Kors is running a Zoom meeting from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Sunday May 3, 2020
Meeting ID: 897 5131 3954