The Way – Sermon Series

The Way Sermon Series

Love Is – Sharonda Medina

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.”

The Greatest Commandment – Tommy Artmann

~ Matthew 22:34-40 (read also Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as your self. (Matthew 22:37-39)

1. Love God with All You Have. 

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. (Matthew 22:37-38)

2. Love Your Neighbor as You Love Yourself. 

A second is equally important: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
(Matthew 22:39)

3. The Foundation of Life 

The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.
(Matthew 22:40)

God is Love – Sharonda Medina

“7Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

9God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

11Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12No 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 4:7-12 NLT

The Way of Love! – Tommy Artmann

What Does Love Look Like? ~ 1 Corinthians 13

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

1. Achievement in Perspective

Though I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love I am no more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. (13:1)

2. What Is Love?

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends (13:4-8a)

  • Love is not emotions or feelings.
  • Love is a choice and commitment.
  • The basis of love is an abiding personal relationship

with Jesus Christ—who established the very idea of love.

3. An Eternal Perspective

“But now abide faith, hope and love; but the greatest of these is love.” (13:13)

It Is The Lord – Charles Pope

John 21 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish

21 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.[a] It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus[b]), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.[c] When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus Reinstates Peter

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

God Is Love – Tommy Artmann

1 John 4:7-12

Let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows
God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:7,8)

1. Love Comes from God

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. (1 John 4:7a)

2. Love: The Mark of a Christian

Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:7b-8)

3. Real Love

God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (1 John 4:9-10)

Redeemed – Josh Gray

Matthew 3:13-17 (Common English Bible)

13 At that time Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan River so that John would baptize him. 14John tried to stop him and said, “I need to be baptized by you, yet you come to me?” 15 Jesus answered, “Allow me to be baptized now. This is necessary to fulfill all righteousness.” So John agreed to baptize Jesus. 16 When Jesus was baptized, he immediately came up out of the water. Heaven was opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down like a dove and resting on him. 17 A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son whom I dearly love; I find happiness in him.”

Take Off the Old, Put On the New – Tommy Artmann

Take Off the Old, Put On the New — Christian Baptism

When we were baptized, we died and were buried with Christ. We were baptized, so that we would live a new life, as Christ was raised to life by the glory of God the Father. Romans 6:4 (CEV)

What Is Baptism?
When we were baptized, we died and were buried with Christ. Romans 6:4a

  • An outward and a visible sign of an inward and a spiritual grace.
  • A symbol of moral and spiritual cleansing.
  • A symbol of our passing from a life of sin and death into a life of holiness in Jesus Christ.
  • A sacrament to be taken seriously. Baptism marks our identity as followers of Jesus Christ and His way.
  • A means of grace for the whole church that marks us as members of the family of God.

Living Out Our Baptism.

We were baptized, so that we would live a new life, as Christ was raised to life by the glory of God the Father. Romans 6:4b

  • Baptism is not a “ticket to heaven.”
  • Our Baptism is to be lived out every day.
  • We are called to remember our baptism.

Eternal – Sharonda Medina

2 Corinthians 4:7-18 NIV

“7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. ​8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; ​9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. ​10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. ​11For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. ​12So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

​13It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, ​14because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. ​15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. ​18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”