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The Love That Brought Him

The love of Christ never ends, is personal, and sets us free.

Introduction

One of the greatest Georgians who ever lived was Bishop Arthur Moore, the beloved Methodist bishop of our state. Bishop Moore once said that the supreme test of religion is in the revelation of God that it makes—the disclosure of God that it brings. And he said, related to that: "Having disclosed God, can we know him? Is it possible to have communion with God, to have fellowship with God?" Since the human family came into being, one of our most persistent questions has concerned God. As the biblical writer put it, "Oh, that I knew where I might find him!" And having found him, can I know him? And will he know me?

The speculation about God in the writings of the human family is almost without end. In Greek literature, Virgil wrote about the plight of humanity and how something new needed to be done to help man out of his predicament. In Greek thought, God was removed, a mere spectator, like someone observing a play in an amphitheater or a stadium—sometimes interfering in a helpful way, sometimes interfering in ways that were harmful. There have been all kinds of weird notions about God expressed in the writings of humankind. Shakespeare, for example in King Lear, gave expression to some of this kind of thinking when he cried out: "As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods. They kill us for their sport."

It is the Christian belief that Jesus of Nazareth fully disclosed God—who he is and what he is and what motivates him. That disclosure reveals itself in love. And further, we believe that this loving God has a desire to have fellowship with you and me. He not only wants to know us, he wants us to know him.

Karl Barth, a most profound theologian of our century, put it this way: "Either Jesus Christ ...

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W. Frank Harrington pastored Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and wrote several books, including First Comes Faith: Proclaiming the Gospel in the Church (Louisville, KY: Geneva Press, 1998).

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. The love of Christ never ends

II. The love of Christ is personal

III. The love of Christ completely frees us

Conclusion