Yesterday @ The Ridge

It was a great day @ The RIdge yesterday. here’s some of the highlights…

  • We recognized and honored 6 high school graduates. So excited to see what God is gonna do in and through these young adults. We gave their parents a chance to pray over their graduate, then my daughter Aly, who just finished her freshman year in college, gave them a word of encouragement and prayed over these graduates. It was a special moment.
  • We are definitely in the spring slump when it comes to volunteers. Praying for more voilunteers to step up this summer to help when folks are out. If you’d like to volunteer in any area, let us know this Sunday by stopping at Connection Point or filling out a Communication Card. Our next Backstage Tour is June 6th, where you can see all of the areas of strategic service that are available for you to serve God and others. You can sign up for a backstage tour HERE.
  • The band did their usual great job. Props to Jerry for picking the closing song “Do You Know?” from a group no one likely ever heard of, Dogs Of Peace. It was the perfect ending to the series!
  • We finished our “Ya Know?” series with “Ya wanna know what love is?”  We looked at what may be the first Bible verse that many of us learned as a child: 1 John 4:16 “God is love.”
  • All of the things we have talked about in this series that we can KNOW mean nothing if we don’t understand this simple 3 word sentence. Everything that God does and is comes out of His essence which is Love.
  • We dug into 1 John 4:7-21 Here are some of the things we talked about…
  • Because God is love…
    …He is the source of all love…He is the model of genuine love…He commands us to love one another
  • God is continually pursuing a love relationship wtih you that is real and personal. HE initiates this relationship. It is not about me earning His love. It’s about me responding to His incredible love and amazing grace. When I KNOW that He is love and that everything about Him is rooted in love, then I should trust Him no matter what.
  • Because God is love, I can KNOW that His will is always best.  I can trust Him because I KNOW Him…I KNOW that He is Love…I KNOW that He Loves me with a genuine, undeserved, everlasting, grace-filled Love…and he knows what’s best for me.
  • Here’s The Thing…In order to show love and know love, I’ve got to know Love. Because Love is a person…it is found in a personal intimate love relationship that is initiated by God Himself…a love relationship that we don’t deserve, nor can we earn. I show my love for Him by responding in humble obedience and submission to His will, because of the great love that God has lavished on me:  

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1

So what do we KNOW? In studying 1 John, we have seen 4 or 5 things we can KNOW things that are certain:

  • We have Eternal life
  • We can have answered prayer when we pray according to His will
  • We have victory over sin
  • we belong to God
  • He is love

Next time you are unsure…doubting…just go to God’s Word and read and pray through it. If you are unsure right now, then you can be sure…God is pursuing a love relationship with you that is real and personal. How will you respond? Do you wanna know?

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 1 John 3:16 



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