For The Love // The Empty

December 12, 2021

Here are the notes to Pastor Steve’s message for week #4 of “For The Love” on Sunday, November 12, 2021. Feel free to print them and follow along during the message at 10:00 a.m on Facebook and YouTube.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son Jesus... John 3:16

  • Who does God love?
  • Who am I called to love?

For the LOVE

  • God loves the Lonely
  • God loves the Overwhelmed
  • God loves the Vulnerable
  • God loves the Empty.

Emptiness is lacking meaning. Not being fulfilled or occupied.

Hunger is a strong desire or feeling of discomfort caused by a lack of food. Emptiness:  caused by a lack of_____.

I think a lot of us are not on a path; we’re in a rut. We have confused comfort and peace, belief with faith, safety with wisdom, wealth with blessing, and existence with life. Erwin McManus

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35

Today’s main ideas:

  1. Jesus loved the __________.
  2. Loving others requires ________ than what’s
  • Where do I need to __________ the __________?
  1. Loving others requires ___________ of your___________ .

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he (Jesus) directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. Matthew 14:14-21

Our church’s mission: We exist to “help people experience a life-changing relationship through Jesus.”

“As leaders, we are never responsible for filling anyone else's cup. Our responsibility is to empty ours.” ― Andy Stanley

Too often we see the enormity of the need and the smallness of what we have. What we need to see is the size of the need but the greatness and enormity of our God.

For The Love

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