Bethel Baptist Church
Worship Service @ Home
14 August 2022
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Please read: John 3:1-21
For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16
The greatest help ever, to our mental well-being, is to know, to realise, to experience that God loves us, even that God so-o-o-o loves us. If we could start each day with this deeply imprinted on our hearts how different life would be for so many of us.
Paul emphasises in Romans that God loved us while we were still sinners, even His enemies:
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us … For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life.Romans 5:8, 10
This is repeatedly confirmed in Scriptures e.g.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.Ephesians 2:1-5
And this love is not just before we were saved (past), or even while we are being saved (present),
God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.Romans 5:5
But it is an eternal love, a love that is for ever, and ever, e.g.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?… No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:35-39
And the Lord has not finished with Israel yet!
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. I will build you up again, and you, O Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt. Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful. Again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria; the farmers will plant them and enjoy their fruit.”Jeremiah 31:3-5
Quote of the week
“God’s love supply is never empty”
Verse of the week
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.Psalm 136:1 – and read the whole Psalm – “His love endures forever!”
Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your everlasting love demonstrated in giving Your own Son to die in our place and that we experience through the Holy Spirit You have given to us. Help us to love others as You love us in our Lord, Saviour and Friend, Jesus Christ, Amen!