Uncommon 3 – Uncommon Love 1/21/18 (MS)
Theme verse: “The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world…” (John 15:19)
1. Jesus stepped in to our mess.
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8)
The Gospel of Jesus brings freedom.
- We are called to go out and get messy.
“Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted! Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)
We are marked by our actions.
Luke 4- Jesus drives out a demon possessed man. Jesus was teaching in the temple, a man who was possessed and started screaming at Jesus, Jesus healed him. Word spread about him all over.
Luke 5- Jesus comes to a man with leprosy. He asks if Jesus was willing to heal him, Jesus said yes, and healed him, Jesus tells the man not to say anything to anyone. But the man goes and tells the whole town.
Luke 7- Jesus comes upon a memorial service, He raises the dead boy of a widowed woman, and news spreads about Him.
Luke 8- Jesus comes to a man in a cemetery who was possessed, He drove out the demons into a herd of pigs who then drowned in the lake, the man was so thankful he asked if he can follow Jesus but Jesus tells him to stay and tell others what He did.
Luke 9- Jesus sends His disciples out into the land with his power and authority, and they come back amazed for what happened across the land.
Luke 10- Jesus again, sends out the disciples, 2×2, and they came back with joy for the life changed that happened.
Luke 11- The story of the Good Samaritan. He says, “Go and do likewise.”
Luke 17- Jesus heals another man with leprosy and he immediately praises God in front of everyone.
“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13)
“I learned that faith isn’t about knowing all of the right stuff or obeying a list of rules. It’s something more, something more costly because it’s being present and making a sacrifice. Perhaps that’s why Jesus is sometimes called Emmanuel – “God with us.” I think that’s what God had in mind, for Jesus to be present, to just be with us. It’s also what He has in mind for us when it comes to other people.” – Bob Goff
- Jesus gives freedom the messy
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
– When you think about God’s love – what comes to mind? Try to put God’s love into words.
– Do you see yourself as messy? Do you recognize your brokenness? Why is that an important first step in receiving God’s love?
– Why do you think Jesus came the way that He came (in humility in a manger)? What message does that send to everyone about His love?
– How has He called us to enter in to the mess and to show His love? What might be some practical ways you could do that this week?