God Is Not What People Expect

Series: God and People Change People

 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17

God loves us even when we don’t seek His love.

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Rom 5:6-8

Jesus started a tribe that is to be known by our love and with a mission to show and tell the world.

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”  John 13:34-35

Change is a gift from Jesus.  It is never a wage.

…anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!  2 Cor 5:17

And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.  2 Cor 5:18

At LCC, we exist to lead others to love God, love people and change the world through Jesus Christ.

We experience God at the highest level when we love each other.

No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.  1 John 4:12

Jesus calls us to come and follow.

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. Matt 9:9

Irreligious people felt comfortable with Jesus.

Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum? Matt 9:10-11

We follow Jesus to people who need his love.

When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” 13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Matt 9:12-13

Religious people say, “Change and join us.”

Jesus says, “Follow me, join us, and you will change.”