Live Sermon From Live Church Oshawa in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
We wrapped up our 4 part series entitled “Small Things With Great Love” this past Sunday. Our final message was on “Embracing the Possibilities”. The possibilities of what God’s Love can do (In us & Through Us). From 1 Chronicles 4:10 we talked about the expanding of our territory. We then moved into Jeremiah to discuss being on the potter’s wheel and being formed and reshaped (we also watched this video).
I used an illustration from one of our national tragedies in 1917 – The Halifax Explosion – to explain how important it is for us all to work together to rebuild, improve and bring transformation; and I quoted from the 1917 poster that said “We shall never rebuild Halifax unless we ALL WORK”. We finished off our talk with Jesus’ example from John 8:1-11 of a small thing with great love where he scribbled in the sand and then went on to say from John 8:12 to be light to this world. Our hope is that we could passionately say to those around us to “follow me as I follow Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
Part 3 in Pastor Randy’s Series Small Things With Great Love
Happy Valentine’s week everyone. Well done to all those that braved the Canadian Winter to make out to church. Yesterday we continued our series entitled “Small Things with Great Love”. Our theme for the morning was; Do we really know how much God loves us? The very familiar John 3:16 says God SOOOOOOO loves us. Are we convinced of this? Does it really matter to you? Paul writes to the Romans in chapter 8:37-39 that he is convinced that nothing can separate him from God’s love. Are you? We spent some time in Ephesians 3:14-21 talking about being strengthened in our inner being and being rooted and established in Love and that we might have the knowledge about a love that God has for us that surpasses understanding.
Thank you Christa for kicking off our series entitled “Small Things with Great Love”. This simple concept is sometimes not so simple to live out. Christa started off with a great quote from Mother Teresa who said; “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love”. This is so true. The bible is full of great examples of this very principal. Christa talked about kingdom principals like; the first being last (Matt.20:16) and becoming a servant (Matt.20:26-28), the “poor” becoming rich in faith and inheritance. I also caught one really cool quote between my hacking and coughing from Bob Goff who says; “If we don’t see hurting, isolated people when we fix our eyes on Jesus we’re not looking hard enough.” The final challenge was this – Do something small for one person – one stranger – this week, and do it with great love.
This past Sunday we had almost all our local Missions partners at our gathering to talk about how we can help them and further develop our partnership with them. Please visit this section of our webpage to view our partners http://www.lifechurchoshawa.com/missions/local/