Measuring the Love of God

Measuring

Midway through Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, the apostle described a prayer that he offered to the Father (Ephesians 3:14-21). Part of this prayer emphasized the greatness of the love of God.

So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19).

Paul began this chapter by describing what God has given – His grace in the gospel (v. 2-3), a way to understand His will (v. 4), salvation to the Gentiles (v. 6), His wisdom revealed (v. 10), the church (v. 10), and His eternal purpose carried out in Christ (v. 11). All of these were part of the demonstration of the love of God. As Paul said, God’s love “surpasses knowledge” (v. 19).

Paul described the greatness of God’s love in terms of measurements – breadth, length, height, and depth (Ephesians 3:18). What do these measurements mean? Some commentators suggest that God’s love is described in this way simply to emphasize the fact that it cannot be quantified. However, each of these terms mean something and the New Testament shows how they apply to the love of God.Continue Reading

Add Love (Season 12, Episode 9)

Add Love (Season 12, Episode 9)

 
 
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Add Love (Season 12, Episode 9)

In this season, we’re discussing Peter’s admonition to add to your faith (2 Peter 1:5-11).

One of the qualities are are to add to our faith is love. In this episode, we discuss what this is, what it looks like with and without faith, and how we go about adding it to our faith.

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Add Brotherly Kindness (Season 12, Episode 8)

Add Brotherly Kindness (Season 12, Episode 8)

 
 
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Add Brotherly Kindness (Season 12, Episode 8)

In this season, we’re discussing Peter’s admonition to add to your faith (2 Peter 1:5-11).

One of the qualities are are to add to our faith is brotherly kindness. In this episode, we discuss what this is, what it looks like with and without faith, and how we go about adding it to our faith.

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How to Discuss Contentious Topics

Argument

Most have noticed that the world in which we live has become more divided and contentious in the past few years. Many topics that come up for discussion – both in person and especially online – can elicit strong emotional responses from individuals. Because of this, we may be tempted to avoid any type of discussion on potentially controversial issues, especially if we know (or are reasonably certain) there will be disagreement.

However, for many controversial topics, there are Biblical principles that apply to them. Therefore, discussions on these sorts of issues can provide a way to direct others – especially those who are not Christians – to what the Bible teaches. So we should not avoid discussing such things altogether, but we do need to understand the proper way to discuss contentious topics.Continue Reading

Do Not Love the World (Sermon #36)

Do Not Love the World (Sermon #36)

 
 
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Do Not Love the World (Sermon #36)

We’re in between season 11 and season 12. During the break we’re posting audio sermons each week instead of the regular episodes. The sermon for this week was preached on August 19, 2018 at the Eastside church of Christ in Morgantown, KY.

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The Importance of Numbers

Church Attendance Board

This is a follow-up to the previous article about things that are more important than numbers. There are certainly things we must not sacrifice for the sake of larger numbers; however, we should not overreact and think that smaller numbers are inherently good. Large or small numbers could be good or bad, depending on the circumstances.

We need to remember that numbers represent people – those who have been made in the image of God and those who He wants to save. With that in mind, let us consider some points in view of the previous article.Continue Reading

Seeking Peace (Season 10, Episode 6)

Seeking Peace (Season 10, Episode 6)

 
 
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Seeking Peace (Season 10, Episode 6)

In this season, we’re discussing some lessons from Peter’s first epistle.

Those who are to be considered righteous have the responsibility of seeking peace with others. In this episode, we will discuss the need to strive for peace and how we are to pursue it.

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  • Seeking Peace – Sermon preached on May 6, 2018 at the Eastside church of Christ in Morgantown, KY.

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