series: Jesus & Me (and the people we need)
teacher: Jacob Bender
date: February 7, 2016
scriptures: John 17:6-11, Genesis 1:26, Genesis 2:18, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Proverbs 5:14, Isaiah 59:14, Romans 5:8, Luke 5:31, 1 John 4:7-8
We want our relationships to look like the gospel.
and the only way to do that is to understand the gospel, and then let it trickle into the way that we relate to one another. Everybody, deep down, has a desire:
to be fully known.
to be fully accepted.
and to be fully loved.
and the good news, right out of the gate, is you are all of those things!
Jesus Christ knows everything about you. He knows you fully. And yet he still accepts you just the way that you are and he still loves you with all of his heart to the point of literally laying down his life for you.
and the types of relationships that are worth having, look like that… they look like the gospel. The gospel should trickle. It should apply everywhere. We love, because he first loved us (1 John 4:19) – well how did he first love us?
He loved us, and accepted us, fully knowing us.