Love Changes Everything and Everyone

September 3, 2017 Speaker: Richard Rieves

Passage: Ephesians 3.:14–3:19

Love Changes Everything and Everyone

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore, do not be partners with them (Eph. 3:3-7).”

Who and what we love is what we are becoming.

I. God wants us to live knowing the extent of His love.

“In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ…(1:4b-5a).”

“beloved children” 5:1

“…that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith— that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (3:16-19).”

“Only when your roots are deep can your fruit be abundant.” Henry Nouwen

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him might have eternal life (Jn 3:16).”

“But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rm. 5:8).”

“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him (I Jn. 4:9).”

“God is love (I Jn 4:8b).”

II. God’s Love changes us.

“Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children.”

III. Love’s only context is Community, The Church.

“When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel (4-6).”