What’s A Church To Do?
Matthew 22: 34-40
Point 1 “Love God”
“Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (Deut 6.4-5)
When the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they came together in the same place. 35 And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him: 6 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”37 He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important commandment. (Matt 22. 34-38)
Point 2 “Ok Love God But How Can We Best Love God?”
o The one who has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father. I also will love him and will reveal Myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it You’re going to reveal Yourself to us and not to the world?”23 Jesus answered, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 The one who doesn’t love Me will not keep My words. The word that you hear is not Mine but is from the Father who sent Me.25 “I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. (John 14. 21-26)
o What is the key to loving God – its obedience
§ Then Samuel said: Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? Look: to obey is better than sacrifice, to pay attention ⌊is better⌋ than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15.22)
§ For I desire loyalty and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. (Hosea 6.6)
§ Moses, Samuel, David, Jeremiah, Hosea, Amos, Micah, Jesus all agree – the best way to love God is with obedience. Show Him your love by your actions.
§ There is not a parent or grandparent in the room that does not just brim over with joy when a child makes good decisions and does the right thing just the way you taught them. It is great when they crawl up in your lap and say “I love you” but how awesome is it when someone tells you – your child is well mannered, or did a good job at something.
§ I know you just love to hear me sing – the hymn says “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey”.
§ Let’s love God the right way by our obedience.
Point 3 “Love Others”
He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important commandment. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Matt 22. 37-40)
Jesus quotes (Lev 19.18)- Do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community, but love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.
Conclusion “So What’s a Church to Do?”