Sunday Service Abundant Life Centre (ALC)

Pastor Rasik Ranchord

  • Prayer is striking the winning blow; Evangelism is picking up the pieces.
  • Editor’s note: I was visiting Pastor Rasik’s church as an invited member of a cultural dance group.

 

Seven Prayer Opportunities

  1. Sit Prayer (Matthew 6:6)
  2. Walk Prayer (Ephesians 6:18)
  3. Drive Prayer (Eph. 6:18)
  4. DLG Prayer (Acts 5:34)
  5. Prayer meeting fortnightly
  6. Prayer before church
  7. Prayer Triplets

 

A Long Look @ Love

  • Pastor Rasik Ranchord
  • (KJS) = King James Scripture
  • Many of us will have heard similar messages to this, however, our receptivity (to what God wants to teach us at this time in these messages) should be increasing.

 

Four kinds of love (in Greek)

  • Eros = Physical Love
    • Not used in the NT
  • Storge = Family Love
    • Roma 12:10 (KJS) [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; {with…: or, in the love of the brethren}
  • Philia = Friendship Love
    • John 20:2 (KJS) Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
    • John 11:3 (KJS) Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
  • Agape = Foremost Love
    • Matt 5:43 (KJS) Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

§         44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

§         45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

§         46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

§         47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so?

§         48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

    • Agape (non & verb) used 250 times in NT
    • 1Cor 2:9 (KJS) But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

 

 

Agape Love is 3-D

  1. Height = God’s Love for us/Our Love for God

§         1Joh 4:10 (KJS) Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.

§         1Joh 4:16 (KJS) And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

§         Ephe 3:18 (KJS) May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

a.      19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

  1. Depth = Our Love for Christian brothers & sisters

§         1Joh 4:20 (KJS) If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

o        21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

  1. Width = Our Love for non Christians

§         John 13:34 (KJS) A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

o        35 By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

§         Luke 10

 

Agape Love engages

  • Mind
  • Heart
  • Will

It is much more than an emotion!

 

Summary:

  • John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, that whosoever shall believe in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
  • Roma 5:8 (KJS) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
  • 1Joh 4:8 (KJS) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
  • This kind of Love always seeks our highest good.
  • I Corinthians 13

 

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