The sermon called 'The Love of God' is a message that builds and instills hope, faith, and love, and it leads to a prayer of salvation. The message is designed to help with the personal problems that many people experience such as brokenness, lonesomeness, financial distress, relationship issues, heartbreaks, letdowns, betrayals, abuses, abandonment, the loss of a loved one, and the loss of hope. The Minister takes time to empathize with the viewer in having experiences in all of these issues.
Some of the message is taught through 1st Corinthians, chapter 13, and that someone can know the knowledge of the entire Bible, but that they know nothing, if they are not using God's wisdom to love with that knowledge. (1st Corinthians 8:1-3, Proverbs 4:7, Mark 12:29-31) The message gives special encouragement to someone considering accepting Jesus as well as to new Christians, that no one lacks, that it is the heart for Christ that counts and not the level of knowledge that someone has or doesn't have at any given time.
Scripture is explained that Christianity is a progression of learning the wisdom to love as God loves, and no one graduates and becomes God. All that anyone has ever learned is a gift from the grace of God's love. The 'wisdom to love' that all Christians have ever accumulated combined, equals only the slightest margin above nothingness compared to the love of God. Therefore, no one should be discouraged if someone falsely condemns them by 'playing God' or judging.
The minster answers questions that many of us have, such as why we exist, why is there evil in the world, why God allows it, and what God wants with us.
The message goes on to explain that someone should never think that because they've committed a sin that God would stop loving or forgiving them. Scripture tells us that the only time that a sinner has to worry about a sin is when they don't have a conscience about sin and they fail to repent. Rejoice, God tells us, when we repent, our sin is forgiven and forgotten unto eternal glory.
The minister explains some of the sins and sinful periods of his life from a teenager and on, where he did not have a conscience for righteousness, and the outcome from refusing to surrender all aspects of himself and his life completely to Jesus.
Psalm 37:5 is explained, and it includes, that just one verse can be a life changer, studied and applied for a lifetime of impact.
The message summarizes that the love of Jesus has already opened up Heaven to us. We can now go to the love that the Father has for us in our prayers of praise and requests in Heaven.
The sermon is concluded with the faith of the Minister leading all who are watching in a prayer of hope and salvation.
Mark 15:37-38 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
Written by James Rathman, Minister for Jesus Christ